House Republicans Fighting against an Oceans Czar

In addition to pursuing subpoenas issued to the White House regarding the illegal offshore drilling moratorium issued in the midst of BP's top kill operation on May 27, 2010, the House Natural Resources Committee is also pushing back against Executive Order 13547, which was adopted during the frenzied debate regarding implementation of the "static kill" of BP's Deepwater Horizon well on July 19, 2010.  Erika Johnsen at Hot Air has an informative discussion of the issues.  She links to an appearance by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) on Fox and Friends last Wednesday.  Are we now ready for an Oceans Czar?  Using a well-worn Chicago political trick of sneaking a new policy with far-reaching implications through with minimum fanfare, President Obama issued this executive order on July 19, 2010 while attention was focused on the Deepwater Horizon.  That date is not coincidental. This is yet another instance of the administration "not wasting a crisis."  What is scary...(Read Full Post)