Faced with widespread criticism over its response to the BP oil spill and the President’s plan to lift the ban on drilling along the pristine areas off our East Coast, the Obama Administration launched a public campaign with officials like Carol Browner proclaiming that the oil seemed to just disappear. This was done a few days before the announcement that the President was going to allow drilling to resume. Now, that amazing disappearing oil has been located — an oil plume at least 22 miles long and 3,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
Browner and other officials insisted that it was simply nothing short of a miracle. In a five-page report released August 4 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it was claimed “a vast majority” of the BP oil spill is now completely gone. In the meantime, the Administration was criticized for avoiding questions about the millions of toxic chemicals used to disperse the chemicals despite a lack of knowledge on how the chemicals will affect the ecosystem and food chain for decades to come.
While Browner and others were saying that the oil had largely disappeared, various scientists condemned the report as “misleading if not totally inaccurate.”
If such a report was issued by the Bush Administration, environmentalists and liberals would be outraged and demanding resignations. However, the silence this week is deafening.