In naming the chairs for the commission, there's one interesting fact about the Republican co-chair. It seems he may be a man constructed entirely of oil.
President Obama today promised a full investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Obama said the administration will consider whether what has happened amounts to a crime and won't allow new offshore drilling until we know what went wrong.Hey, I know we have to have a Republican co-chair to preserve the bipartisan circle jerk ethos that permeates Washington, but you really couldn't find a guy with a few less ties to oil companies? Sure, you have to select from the ranks of the GOP and finding a Republican free of ties to an oil company would probably need a bipartisan investigative commission of its own, but really, couldn't find a guy with only one extremely personally lucrative tie to a oil and oil related companies? You could only get a guy with three?
As Obama spoke, he was flanked by the two co-chairs of the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Republican co-chair, William K. Reilly, has spent a career in the industry he'll now probe. A former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Reilly currently serves on the board of directors of: ConocoPhillips; DuPont, which provides technologies for oil and gas extraction; and Energy Future Holdings, a Texas-based electric utility company.
Whew, I was worried for a second. I thought a commission might go and put too much blame onto BP, Transocean , and Halliburton. Thanfully the American people will have a guy on there with a deep, personal financial interest in offshore drilling and oil, speaking for the oil companies. Bullet dodged, folks, bullet dodged.