“Senate panel approves creation of competing spill commission”

Apparently not all of the Senate Democrats are brain dead…

Senate panel approves creation of competing spill commission
By Darren Goode – 06/30/10 11:56 AM ET

A key Senate panel delivered a rebuke to President Barack Obama Wednesday in approving the creation of a bipartisan oil spill commission that would effectively compete with his own.

Five Democrats joined all 10 Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in agreeing to create a new bipartisan panel whose members would mostly be appointed by Congress.


Barrasso said the newly proposed commission — which he said is modeled after the 9/11 Commission — is needed to provide a “truly unbiased bipartisan review” of offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico spill. Obama’s commission “appears to me to be stacked with people philosophically opposed to offshore drilling,” Barrasso said.

In particular, Republicans have criticized the selection of Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, a leading critic of offshore drilling.

But some Democrats raised concerns as well.

“I would suggest to my Democratic friends that if the shoe were on the other foot, and President Bush was the president and he had submitted a list of names like this to us and everyone was related to the defense of oil companies, we would say this is not fair,” Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said. “And I’m saying to my colleagues this is not fair.”


The Hill

The President’s so-called “bipartisan” commission is composed of…

Co-Chair Bob Graham: A former Democrat US Senator from Florida who is senile, bat- crazy and a rapid foe of offshore drilling.

Co-Chair William Reilly: A former EPA Administrator in the George H. W. Bush Administration. Reilly is one of the founders of the World Wildlife Foundation – The source of many of the bogus reports that were sourced by the IPCC for its Fourth Assessment Report a few years ago. Reilly has emerged as the least libtarded Enviromarxist on the commission. He has retained the consulting services of Professor Robert Bea and other actual engineering experts, whose advice was ignored by “Boot” Salazar when he ordered the deepwater drilling moratorium.

The five commissioners are…

  • Frances G. Beinecke, Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
  • Donald Boesch, Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
  • Terry D. Garcia, Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
  • Cherry A. Murray, Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
  • Frances Ulmer, Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling


Beinecke heads the Natural Resource Defense Council and is a rabid opponent of offshore drilling. The NRDC is one of the most egregious purveyors of junk science in the Enviromarxist community.

Boesch is a professor of marine ecology and a rabid opponent of offshore drilling.

Garcia works for the National Geographic Society, an organization  increasingly dedicated to halting industrial progress all over the globe.

Murray is a professor of condensed matter physics at Harvard… I haven’t dug into her background yet, but non-Enviromarxist professors are few and far between at Harvard.

Ulmer is a former Democrat Lt. Governor of Alaska and is referred to as a “global warming expert” despite having no background in science of any sort.

None of Obama’s commissioners have any experience in the scientific or engineering issues involved in safe offshore drilling operations…

Obama spill panel big on policy, not engineering

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Sun Jun 20, 12:02 am ET

WASHINGTON – The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about “America’s addiction to oil.” One member has blogged about it regularly.

Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard’s engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background — but it’s in optics and physics.


Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: “We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil.” And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.

“Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn’t just an accident. It’s the result of a failed energy policy,” Beinecke wrote on May 20.

Two other commissioners also have gone public to urge bans on drilling.


Iraj Ersahaghi, who heads the petroleum engineering program the University of Southern California, reviewed the names of oil spill commissioners and asked, “What do they know about petroleum?”

Ersahaghi said the panel needed to include someone like Bob Bea, a prominent petroleum engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who’s an expert in offshore drilling and the management causes of manmade disasters.

Bea, who’s conducting his own investigation into the spill, told The Associated Press that his 66-member expert group will serve as a consultant to the commission, at the request of the panel’s co-chairman, William K. Reilly, Environmental Protection Agency chief under President George H.W. Bush.



The author of the AP article, Seth Borenstein, maintained a “‘too cozy’ relationship with” Phil Jones, Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann and the other junk scientists at the core of the recent CRU Climategate scandal. If Seth Borenstein can see problems with this commission, those problems have to be hard to miss.

The Obama Administration counters the technical qualification criticisms with the claim that the commission is not looking into technical matters; they are just reviewing policy matters. That’s a lie…

Executive Order– National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling


Sec. 3. Mission. The Commission shall:
(a) examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster;

(b) develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling, taking into consideration the environmental, public health, and economic effects of such options, including options involving:

(1) improvements to Federal laws, regulations, and industry practices applicable to offshore drilling that would ensure effective oversight, monitoring, and response capabilities; protect public health and safety, occupational health and safety, and the environment and natural resources; and address affected communities; and

(2) organizational or other reforms of Federal agencies or processes necessary to ensure such improvements are implemented and maintained.

No one on the commission is even remotely qualified to “examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster” or to “develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling.”


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