Posted by Jay Livingston
When did the BP oil disaster (11 people killed, untold environmental damage) begin? The explosion occurred in April 2010.
But in 2001, one of the first things Dick Cheney did when he became
The task force did produce an energy policy and a document that contains this prescient bullet point:
• Advanced, more energy efficient drilling and production methods:Nine years later, those chickens came home to roost, feathers drenched in oil.
— reduce emissions;
— practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and
— enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources
There’s probably some larger sociological point here, maybe about how industries “capture” regulatory agencies, though capture suggests that there was some actual struggle going on. With the Cheney-Bush administration, that would be like saying that a rich kid “captured” the extravagant birthday presents he’d been whining for. In both cases, it would be technically more accurate to use the term gift .
(HT: Eric Alterman )