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June 20, 2010

So BP wasn’t supposed to take responsibility?

Filed under: Congress — Myles Tougeau @ 9:19 pm
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I was stunned when I first heard about this.  It’s hard to believe that some people are so in the pocket of the oil and gas industry that they would respond like Barton did.

(It was heartening to hear the Republican response, but I also read that Barton was reading from talking points prepared by the Republican Study Committee.)

I haven’t tracked down links to Barton’s apology for his apology yet.

Rep. Joe Barton apologizes to BP for Obama “shakedown”

The article notes that Barton, the Ranking Minority Member on the committee, “has received more than $1.5 million in campaign donations from the oil industry, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan watchdog group.”  http://images.opensecrets.org/barton.html?cid=N00005656&cycle=Career

GOP leaders quickly disclaim ‘shakedown’ apology

Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, one of Barton’s Republican colleagues in the House who represents the Florida Congressional district containing Pensacola, called on Barton to step down as the ranking Republican on the committee.

From the Hill (http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/103885-gop-lawmaker-demands-barton-step-down-from-top-committee-spot)

Rep. Miller: “I condemn Mr. Barton’s statement. Mr. Barton’s remarks are out of touch with this tragedy and I feel his comments call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Miller said in a statement. “He should step down as ranking member of the Committee.”

“I am shocked by Congressman Joe Barton’s reprehensible comments that the government should apologize for the ‘shakedown’ of BP,” he said. “BP has caused the greatest ecological and environmental disaster our nation has ever seen. They are the responsible party and they should pay for losses and damages, not the taxpayer. I am optimistic and hopeful that BP acted in good faith by opening the $20 million escrow account, as several of us have requested.”

This is where reliance on fossil fuels has gotten us.  The question is, will we learn from this?

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