A GOP Gum Wrapper
Leave it to a Texas Republican, one Rep. Joe Barton, to do the
unimaginable: Apologize to BP for, umm, getting mad at
them for trashing our country. The White House was so pissed they asked Congress to repudiate the apology.
They should have asked Barton to come clean on how much money the oil
industry's given him: $1.4 million and counting. Or they could have
asked him to repeat his lavish praise, at a 2004 energy hearing, of the marvels of offshore drilling.
"Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing on
ultradeep water research
and development. There have been enormous technological advances in oil
exploration and production in recent decades. Offshore drilling and
platforms are so technologically advanced that one platform on the
the water can handle production from several different wells several
apart, house a myriad of technologically advanced computer systems,
scores of personnel, generate electricity, enable people to face and
adversities of living in the middle of the ocean, and do so 24 hours a
days a week; all without so much as losing a gum wrapper over the side
platform. It is truly amazing."