On June 9, Senator Mary Landrieu questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in which she proclaimed that the Obama administration’s six month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would result in more job losses than the BP oil spill itself. Today’s New York Times brings us the reality behind Landrieu’s hissy fit, and, surprise, surprise, she could not have been more wrong.
|By: Jim White Wednesday August 25, 2010 7:00 am|
|By: emptywheel Friday July 2, 2010 5:15 pm|
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to have its own commission investigate the BP disaster. The Committee finds that necessary, according to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, because Obama hasn’t appointed a representative from the oil industry to his own commission. The conflict of interest is apparently not obvious to Landrieu.
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday June 1, 2010 1:10 pm|
Landrieu says that BP’s liability will be “hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars, and BP’s going to pay every penny. When I pressed her on the long-term damage done to fishermen and the community – one person told me that last time oil hit his oyster beds, it was there for 10 years – Landrieu immediately swatted back that number and said “we don’t know.” She says that if a fisherman “made $50,000 last year, BP’s going to write them a check for $50,000.”
But this disaster will last for well more than one year, and likely well beyond a decade.
|By: Michael Whitney Sunday May 30, 2010 8:00 am|
“I pwomise you, we’ll make that big ole BP pay a lot of money, OK? Billions of dollars, I pwomise you. We’re going to have a big cleanup job and it’s going to get cleaned up, all right?” said Landrieu.
|By: Seymour Friendly Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:35 pm|
As Obama may be proposing the first real and positive change at the Federal level to address the extraction industry in a very long time, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Oil) continues to demand more drilling.
|By: Seymour Friendly Wednesday May 5, 2010 2:50 pm|
Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, the two Senators from Louisiana, speak out in favor of continuing oil drilling as the Horizon oil slick threatens their state’s environment and livelihood. Lieberman backs them up from his perch in the Senate. Pelosi signals no resistance from the vaunted House Democratic majority.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 5, 2010 12:20 pm|
Behold our logic-resistant, industry-captured Congress. Basically, Republicans – and Democrats like Mary Landrieu don’t want an energy bill without offshore drilling. After this disaster, you won’t be able to pass anything with expanded drilling without losing several votes from coastal Democratic Senators. Therefore, you can’t get to 60, and no deal.
|By: Seymour Friendly Thursday April 29, 2010 1:45 pm|
A third Horizon leak has been discovered. Officials place the new spill rate at about five times the previously reported rate, or, conservatively, 200,000 gallons of crude oil per day.
|By: Seymour Friendly Thursday April 29, 2010 6:01 am|
As oil continues to spew into the Gulf from the leaking well left behind the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon, the pro-drilling Obama administration demands an “investigation” that drilling supporter Mary Landrieu attempts to use for political cover.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 3, 2010 3:25 pm|
The public option was never just a “sliver” as Obama tried to claim. It was about a fundamental moral right and the role of government. But what it was also about was a huge amount of money.