Monday, May 16, 2011

The Wrong Response to The Largest OIL Spill in U.S. History

House Republicans have voted to send to The Senate a bill (HR 1229) which will restore oil and gas drilling in The Gulf of Mexico to levels comparable to those in effect before last year's BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Those same congressmen voted to expand off shore drilling in several Outer Continental Shelf regions. The bill requires The Interior Department to act within 60 days on permit applications now undergoing safety and environmental reviews. Backers say the bill will generate thousands of jobs and reduce high gasoline prices. Opponents pointed out the industry has not yet developed satisfactory measures for preventing disasters such as the BP spill.

The Republicans in The House voted to defeat a bid to expand HR 1229 to include safety recommendations issued by the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Republicans also want to expand "drilling" into The Atlantic Coast and off the Southern California coast, as well as The Gulf of Mexico. Finally, members defeated a Democratic motion to bar energy companies from exporting the oil and natural gas they extract under Federal leases.

Isn't this the wrong resonse to The BP Oil Spill Disaster ? Can any doubt remain about Republicans and their "tea" party dupes who are subordinating the interests of all Americans to the whims of Oil Corporations and billionaires who are The Plutocracy ?

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