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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 02:57 PM
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House Dems whack Cheney over oil spill ( “The cop on the beat was off-duty for nearly a decade")
Edited on Tue Jul-20-10 02:59 PM by kpete
Source: The Hill

House Dems whack Cheney over oil spill
By Ben Geman - 07/20/10 11:09 AM ET

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee traded partisan blows Tuesday over whether the Obama administration or the former Bush administration deserves more blame for the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Senior Democrats on the panel — Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) — used a hearing on the Interior Department’s role to trace the disaster back to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy policy task force.

Waxman said that task force — which was assembled early in the Bush administration — set the stage for policies that pushed drilling at the expense of tough safety oversight of rigs and review of environmental risks.

“The cop on the beat was off-duty for nearly a decade and this gave rise to a dangerous culture of permissiveness,” Waxman said. “In many ways this history begins with Vice President Cheney’s secretive energy task force.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/109765-hou...
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 03:06 PM
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1. No truer words spoken...
“The cop on the beat was off-duty for nearly a decade and this gave rise to a dangerous culture of permissiveness,” Waxman said. “In many ways this history begins with Vice President Cheney’s secretive energy task force.”

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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 03:36 PM
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2. I saw the words "Dems whack Cheney" and got excited. Thanks a lot for getting my hopes up.
The real question is where the fuck were they during those eight terrible years?

Not doing squat to force the cop back onto the beat.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 03:42 PM
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3. Aren't the dicks energy meetings still secret?
Remember they lied to the congress about the WMD, why think they wouldn't lie about oil drilling.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 03:45 PM
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4. He wasn't off duty.
He was the industry's man on the inside.
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Moonwalk Donating Member (437 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 04:14 PM
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5. No indeed! Quite right. The Cop was on the take.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-10 10:13 AM
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6. When it came to safety, Cheney really had his finger on the pulse -- oh, wait, sorry...
n/t
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