Another report (this time from the Inspector General’s Office of the Interior Department) has been published detailing the Obama Administration’s editing of a scientific report to downplay the damage caused by the BP oil spill. The new information also reaffirms the clearly misleading statements made by Obama’s energy adviser, Carol Browner — an issue previously discussed on this blog.
Federal investigators joined scientists in criticizing Browner and the Obama Administration for downplaying and misrepresenting data and expert opinion. The Administration has made clear that it intends to resume Obama’s controversial plan to drill for oil off pristine areas of our East Coast. As the resumption of drilling was being discussed, Browner became the most vocal official downplaying the damage of the spill and even suggesting that its study found the oil had effectively disappeared.
Jane Lubchenco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was also singled out for misleading statements to the public.
Once again, there has been relatively little criticism on the blogs and other sites — a sharp difference from the treatment of such allegations under the Bush Administration.