The recent disclosure that the Obama adminstration altered a report of its scientific panel, indicating that the scientists involved called for a moratorium on offshore oil exploration and production should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the issue at all closely.
After all, the scientists involved blew the whistle on the adminstration’s misportrayal of their conclusions within days of Interior Secretary Salazar claiming that the scientific report recommended the moratorium. Just the opposite was true. Rather the scientist said a moratorium was not called for and would probably result in more environmental and economic damage than continued drilling.
President Obama had claimed that the previous adminstration let politics overrule science and vowed that his adminstration would bring Change to environmental and energy policy by following the science. When faced his first big environmental challenge, he did just the opposite — and sent others out to lie about it.
Even before this report a Federal Court had twice struck down the Administration’s unsupported offshore moratorium — and in a serious breach of Constitutional authority, was twice ignored. Imagine the uproar in the mainstream media that would have ensued had the Bush adminstration similarly ignored Federal court rulings striking down its environmental policies. When Prseident Bush’s policies were overruled, his adminstration asked for a stay and took their arguments to a higher court. What they didn’t do was ignore the court’s ruling and go blithely on carrying out the policy that had been struck down. Not so President Obama, who basically told the judge what President Andrew Jackson told the Supreme Court in the 19th century concerning forcing the Cherokee to move from North Carolina and Tennessee to Oklahoma — “Mr. Justice, you have made your ruling, now enforce it.”
The Obama administration’s moratorium was hardly a “change” that we could believe in but rather was a rehash of the ban on offshore drilling that had placed a stranglehold on domestic oil and gas production off much of the U.S. coasts for more than 20 years.
President Obama’s moratoruim was sour old wine in new bottles — bad policy, bad law and, it turns out, based on doctored reports.