Obama Administration Accused of Blocking Report on Potential Seriousness of BP Spill

We have previously discussed how the Obama Administration played down the environmental damage caused by the BP oil spill, including public statements by people like Carol Browner that the oil (which was later found) had miraculously disappeared. Now, documents have been disclosed suggesting that the Obama Administration blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public of how bad the oil spill was. Once again, there is relatively little attention to this story. The Bush Administration was accused of the same type of manipulation of scientific reports and was generally (and rightfully) savaged in the press.

The documents released Wednesday show that the White House budget office denied a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make public the worst-case discharge from the blown-out well.

The documents indicate that the decision to withhold the information may have been made at a “high level.” One staff report stated that withholding the information played into the view that the spill could easily be controlled.

What is most disturbing is how this withheld information dovetails with the later efforts to downplay the significance of the spill and public indications from officials that President Obama would likely resume his controversial plan to open up pristine areas of the East Coast to drilling.

Source: Miami Herald

67 thoughts on “Obama Administration Accused of Blocking Report on Potential Seriousness of BP Spill”

  1. Isnt most of that caused by the chemicals in the dispersent that BP was forced to use out of environmental concerns?

  2. Hey, you oil company scumbag apologist.

    Come and gone?

    Tell it to the sick people.

    As to Iraq? Invaded illegally by a conservative right wing lunatic – Bush. He’s as liberal as Stalin.

    Afghanistan? Same deal.

    Don’t try historical revisionism around here, sport.

    It’ll get your ass handed to you.

  3. Hey all you enviro whack jobs and left leaning numbnuts, talk about your mother earth. The oil spill that all you comatose dipsticks thought would bring environmental catastrophe has pretty much come and gone.

    In like a Lion and out like a Lamb. Seems mother earth isn’t such a candy ass after all. Global Warming morons take head.

    When is the Left ever right?
    Answer: not one friggin time about one friggin thing.

    And people listen to these yahoos? No wonder our economy is in the shitter and we are still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s what we get for electing a dip shit like Bush in the first place. Son, just cause he wore cowboy boots and a stetson and owned an oil company and a baseball team doesn’t make him a conservative. Look at LBJ, more liberal than FDR hisself. Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, same god damn wars from the same god damn moronic ideas – liberalism.

    And that dumb ass John Stuart Mill called us stupid? Hell he couldn’t figure out if he was a liberal [in the proper sense of the word] or a socialist till the end of his miserable life.

  4. Follow up to this original Story

    Bdaman 1, October 9, 2010 at 7:06 am
    And of course there is the forced abortion thing.

    Obamacare firesale: Three Catholic hospitals for sale in Pennsylvania

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/obamacare-firesale-three-catholic-hospitals-for-sale-in-pennsylvania-104465154.html#ixzz11rIVs1S4


    The President’s Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air.

    All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants.

    There are two issues at the core of the controversy.

    1. ObamaCare and the sale of three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals.

    2. The re-election prospects of the two House members, Democrats Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney, both of whom cast key votes to pass ObamaCare.


  5. Woosty’s still a Cat

    That has to be the biggest pile of Neo-Marxist Bull C**p
    propaganda I have ever seen. However you left a few off

    1)He with allot of help from his partners in crime, invented “Transparent Closed Doors”.
    2) Made all Lobbyist vanish from Capital Hill, only to miraculously reappear in the Whitehouse.(and you say he is not like Jesus)
    3) He has through support and defense of Sanctuary Cartel Empires, and Arab Muslim Leaders known for promoting Slavery,managed to put America back on the list of Slave-Trade Nations for the first time since the Civil War.(this issue I have dedicated my life to for 3 decades, and without fear of just rebuke attest as true before Congress.)
    4)Proven to the world that Black Americans can be Racist Bigots too.
    5) Succeeded in exposing who his true Masters are, by blocking an audit one of the most egregious criminal organisations in the world.
    6) Made over a hundred million barrels of oil (real data), along with millions of gallons of highly toxic chemicals vanish before the eyes of the world. (that like Jesus thing again).

    I could go on, but unlike the majority of your mythical list these are all documented fact. To realize one of my own could do the things he has done to our nation, sickens me to my stomach.

    He has set African Americans political credibility back by a half century, heaven only knows how far that will be by 2012.

    There is a growing contingent among our people who are awakening to see Obama for what he is, and he is not one of us. He has no natural ties to our American history, to our culture, to our struggles, not even to our communities way of life.

    Above all, he has openly expressed his disdain for the very Constitution he has sworn (twice) to uphold and defend. This alone, no matter his origin of birth, proves to me he is not an American in any true sense of the word.

    Like his predecessor before him, Obama is a treasonous traitor to the principles of our nation. He and his political & media cronies are the greatest Terrorist threat our Nation faces.

    He must not only be stopped, he must be exposed for what he is, just as we have done with Bush.

  6. HenMan
    1, October 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    If my memory serves me correctly (and it frequently doesn’t) the name inscribed on the Nobel Peace Prize was not “Barack Obama”, but, “Anyone Other Than George W. Bush”.


    Yep … you got that right … at least that’s the impression they gave me

  7. Wootsy with all do respect. I’d rather have them make the decision
    than a bunch of people that there goal is to get rid of people who have little or no value left to society. You probably think I’m crazy for saying that but one need only look into the past statements of John Holdren the Presidents Science adviser who is so sure 30 years ago that if we didn’t control population growth the world would come to an end. He’s finally reached a position where he can quietly continue his beliefs.

    Also if Obamacare is so good for everyone why are so many companies and unions now getting a temporary pass on having to comply with the new law. Which we all now could be extended.


  8. “All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals.”
    anyone with health insurance and dependant upon that insurance for health care is already experiencing this from those who see profit margin as the deciding factor…

  9. Swarthmore says: Are you anti-union too?

    Why can’t you understand that I am against LYING, THIEVERY, and CONSTITUTION SHREDDING, and LAW BREAKING?

    I think unions are a fine idea, until they become just like our government and start lying to their members, stealing from the union treasury, giving their buddies a break, cutting back room deals that enrich themselves at the expense of the workers, and otherwise defraud their union members by actively working AGAINST their interests in favor of their OWN interests and financial success.

    THAT is why I am against Democrats and Republicans equally. I also think the idea of a public corporation where citizens can own stock in a proven profitable enterprise is a great idea: Until the leaders of the corporation take to stealing the profits for themselves and lying and cheating to do it.

    I think government is a great idea, and I think most “common good” projects (like infrastructure) are wonderful things giving us great benefits without having to pay anybody any profits. Until they are used to enrich the buddies of the guys in Congress.

    I think insurance is a wonderful thing; we get to pay just about the “average per capita” costs of a house fire or car crash or health problem or even premature death. Until the insurance companies get greedy for more money than their simple accounting skills warrant, and start denying valid claims and killing their customers to make another buck.

    I AM A LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE. I am for taxing the rich and feeding the poor, I am for equality, I am for fair treatment.

    I refuse to encourage and enable lying and thievery and lawbreaking and willful violations of the Constitution by VOTING for the crooks that have proven they will do those things, no matter what the consequences may be. Refusing to vote for one thief is not endorsing thievery.

  10. If my memory serves me correctly (and it frequently doesn’t) the name inscribed on the Nobel Peace Prize was not “Barack Obama”, but, “Anyone Other Than George W. Bush”.

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