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BP wrote what?

Well it looks like BP helped write a major part of the new climate bill that was proposed by Senators John Kerry (D) and Joe Lieberman (I).  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) made this claim yesterday on the Senate floor.

Below is an excerpt from CNS News.

“At the same time as Americans wonder when this gusher will ever be plugged, we hear word that the administration and my good friend the majority leader [Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.] want to piggy back their controversial new national energy tax–also known as cap and trade–to an oil spill response bill that could and should be an opportunity for true bipartisan cooperation,” McConnell said.

So they want to try to use this crisis to ram through cap-and-trade via a backdoor by using an oil response bill.  If the Republicans stand against it, they will be depicted by the Democrats as siding with big oil and not wanting to do anything to help clean up the spill.  The MSM will jump on board and show countless pictures of a variety of species covered in oil and families suffering because of the economic impact.  Both are tragic, but they should never be used as a political hammer.  It’s a sleaezy and cheap tactic.  The Democrats will appeal to the emotions of people as they always do.  And yet the question remains; what role did BP play in writing this bill?

McConnell continued; “So here again, we see the administration using a crisis–in this case the disaster in the gulf–as an opportunity to muscle through Congress another deeply unpopular bill that has profound implications for small business and struggling households.  Look, if the health care debate taught us anything, anything at all, it’s that Americans want these kinds of massive bills to be debated out in the open,” said McConnell, “not rushed past them on a holiday or tucked into a must-pass bill aimed at alleviating the kind of suffering we’re seeing in the Gulf.”

The last part of the article says it all.

“An administration that seems to spend most of its time coming up with new ways to show how angry it is at BP, is pushing a proposal that BP actually helped write,” said McConnell. “I can’t understand it and I don’t think the American people will understand why that it makes sense to respond to the BP oil spill by imposing a gas-tax increase on the American people that was advocated by BP.”

So my question is what the motive behind all this is and what’s in it for BP?  Perhaps this is a matter that requires a more in-depth look.  I find it a tad bit unsettling that the company responsible for one of the worst oil disasters in recent times has had a hand in writing an unpopular climate bill that threatens to kill jobs across the board.

Could it be that BP is seeking protection because it realizes that their company value is going to plummet and they are going to be facing countless law suits?  Or is there something else going on behind the scenes we cannot see yet.

Start searching for the answer, because somewhere it’s out there.

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  • Trestin Meacham June 10, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Something else that is disturbing is the information blockade in the gulf. Many people have been arrested for taking photos. BP have also bough search engine results from Yahoo and Google.

  • John Carey June 10, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    I knew about the new blackout, but I did not know about the yahoo/google deal. Seems very strange to me. Something doesn't smell right and I'm not even a conspiracy nut Trestin.

  • Matt June 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    This has happened before, industry lobbyists either support regulation, or even help write it. The big companies can absorb the costs of regulations, but their smaller competition cannot. So, they get to look like good guys, and knock off their competition.

  • John Carey June 10, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    It's crony capitalism Matt. Big companies hop in bed with big government to help create regulations that protect their interest. I agree with that Matt.