Ken Arnold, speaking for the seven experts from The National Academy of Engineering, said the Obama administration changed their report to read support for a drilling moratorium when the actual recommendation was just the opposite.
Ken Salazar altered the signed report to convey the exact opposite advice than given. The report was then presented to the public as justification for a drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The seven experts never saw the revised report. In a civil court the charges would be fraud, forgery and perhaps libel. But the sad fact is that politicians are de facto beyond the law.
The BP well was in the process of being shut down. This is a far more critical process than continued drilling. There is worldwide demand for rigs. They will not sit idle.
[The engineers report] also said that because the floating rigs are scarce and in high demand worldwide, they will not simply sit in the Gulf idle for six months. The rigs will go to the North Sea and West Africa, possibly preventing the U.S. from being able to resume drilling for years.
They also said the best and most advanced rigs will be the first to go, leaving the U.S. with the older and potentially less safe rights operating in the nation’s coastal waters.
And we thought Jimmy Carter was the worst President this nation ever had.