The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years – and let the world’s most dangerous oil company get away with murder
A revealing article in Rolling Stone points out how Obama and Salazar did nothing to reform the well known corruption at MMS. It is expected that industry will try to cut as many corners as possible but the culture at the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service did nothing to curb the corruption of gas and oil companies and instead facilitated the current destruction of the Gulf of Mexico.
“Bush owns eight years of the mess,” says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. “But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too.”
This kind of culture isn’t restricted in Interior to just the MMS but also in the BLM, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. There is a war on the landscape of the West by the BLM and the US FWS is trying its hardest to avoid protecting imperiled species by listing fewer species that are in real trouble than the Bush Administration did.
“Employees describe being in Interior – not just MMS, but the other agencies – as the third Bush term,” says Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represents federal whistle-blowers. “They’re working for the same managers who are implementing the same policies. Why would you expect a different result?”
Again, I think it is time for Salazar to be replaced with a real reformer such as Raul Grijalva.
The Spill, The Scandal and the President.
By Tim Dickinson – Rolling Stone Politics