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11 June 2010

Ban on truth

Experts brought together by the Obama administration to review offshore drilling safety were asked to review recommendations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They did not give their blessing to the six-month drilling moratorium announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and have accused him of deliberately appending their report to make it seem like they did.

One panelist, Bob Bea of the University of California, Berkeley, said in an e-mail: "Moratorium was not a part of the ... report we consulted-advised-reviewed." The academy's Ken Arnold was less subtle, saying: "The secretary should be free to recommend whatever he thinks is correct, but he should not be free to use our names to justify his political decisions."

"U.S. investor-owned oil companies hold only 6% of the world's petroleum reserves, while state-owned national oil companies in Venezuela, Iran, China, Nigeria, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia and other countries control 80% of the reserves," Texas Gov. Perry says. "Coincidentally, even some of these countries are drilling for oil in Cuban waters just 50 miles from Florida."

We need the oil, the energy and the jobs. We also need the truth. Apparently Secretary Salazar and this administration can't handle the truth, so they make it up as they go along.

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