Christopher Merola

On June 15, 2010, President Barack Obama made his first address to the nation from the oval office. Hearing his address, several things struck me.

First of all, Obama mentioned that when the oil spill occurred, he ordered scientists and the Energy Department to study how to repair the spill. True to his big government agenda, Obama wasted time on the study while more oil continued to pour into the Gulf region.

Secondly, Obama also said that we are running out of oil to drill. This is patently false. The Democrats in Congress have actually banned us from drilling for 85% of the oil along the coast of the continental United States. This does not even include all the oil in Alaska or in the oil shales all around our nation. The fact that so much oil is spilling into the Gulf on a daily basis, only demonstrates just how much oil is under the sea.

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Third, Obama said that he would not tolerate “inaction.” Yet, inaction is precisely what we’ve seen for two months. Since the spill occurred, Obama and Congressional Democrats have consistently blasted the oil company, British Petroleum (BP), instead of acting to contain or stop the spill.

If we dig a little deeper into the facts surrounding the spill, we will find that more than just oil is rising to the surface. The facts concerning the failure of the Obama administration and his big government agenda have risen to the surface as well.

The Associated Press (AP) reported on Sunday, May 16, 2010, that the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which is the federal government agency responsible for inspecting oil rigs to ensure their safety, failed to enforce its own policies. MMS was also less than truthful in reporting its recent inspections of the oil rig where the spill occurred.

The AP reported that the “MMS officials said the last infraction aboard the rig, which blew up April 20, killing 11 and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, occurred in August 2003, not March 2007 as originally stated.” Apparently, MMS missed the inspection of the rig where the accident occurred and then tried to cover it up.

The article also showed that MMS has a poor record in enforcing the laws and rules put in place for safety purposes. The AP mentioned that: “The inspection gaps and poor recordkeeping are the latest in a series of questions raised about the agency's oversight of the offshore oil drilling industry.”

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola is the President of Red Momentum Strategies, LLC, a conservative political strategy and communications company in Washington, DC.