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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-10 02:57 PM
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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 Departments role to trace the disaster back to former Vice President Dick Cheneys 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 Cheneys secretive energy task force.

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