BP’s Senator strikes again

Just a quick update regarding British Petroleum’s Senator at large Mary Landrieu:

Last week I wrote about her heroic and principled hold on Jacob Lew’s nomination to become director of the Office of Management and Budget.  She, or the lobbyist/industry exec.using her as a conduit, chose very interesting language to, rather unconvincingly, assert that her hold on Lew’s nomination wasn’t just a petty form of oil industry blackmail.  Today the Obama administration lifted the moratorium on deepwater drilling and—surprise!  Senator Landrieu and her oil industry colleagues still aren’t satisfied.   Landrieu’s office/lobbying shop released a statement saying (via TPM):

“Today’s decision is a good start, but it must be accompanied by an action plan to get the entire industry in the Gulf of Mexico back to work.  This means that the administration must continue to accelerate the granting of permits in shallow and deep water, and provide greater certainty about the rules and regulations industry must meet.”

Pretense dropped.  There is no discernible space between Landrieu and the oil industry she is making demands and threats on behalf of within the language employed in that statement.  She even has the nerve to threaten the administration over the harsh “certainty” of the pathetically inadequate regulations that the ever beleaguered, and always under-siege, ‘little guys’ in the oil industry heroically have to adhere to while they make their billions and ravage the earth.

Again, I defy anyone reading that statement to tell me that she isn’t an full-blown industry employee, or, worse, a paid cipher devoted entirely to furthering the industry’s cause at all times, no matter the cost to her constituents and the environment.

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