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Obama on the BP Oil Spill


On April 20, 2010, an explosion ripped through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana, causing the worst oil spill in U.S. On June 15, President Barack Obama informs the nation about the current state of the disaster as experts struggle to stop the spewing oil. It would be another month before the leak was finally capped.


BP Gulf Oil Spill

Unindicted Co-conspirators include: President Barack Obama, BP CEO Tony Hayward, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International Peter Sutherland, and many other frontmen for the Rothschild banking cartel

Who knew it was a false flag MIHOP?Who knew that the
BP Gulf oil spill was a deliberate act of environmental terrorism?!
The world was an entirely different place 8 years ago when the
globalists could pull off an environmental false flag operation
in broad daylight and few suspected. A false flag only means that
the explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon were
blamed on a methane burp rather than a planted explosive device.”

— Intelligence Analyst & Former Military Officer

Today, April 20th, 2018 marks the 8th anniversary of the greatest environmental disaster in North American history.

The BP Gulf oil spill (BPGOS) will be remembered for many things however, there is one unknown aspect that was never exposed during that fateful spring of 2010.

MIHOP

What very few investigative journalists ever even touched upon is that the BP Gulf oil spill was a MIHOP. It was an environmental catastrophe of truly epic proportions that was Made To Happen On Purpose (also known as a MIHOP).

A few researchers arrived at the incorrect conclusion that the BPGOS was a LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose). This view is partially based on the historical fact that companies such as BP (formerly British Petroleum) have allowed their equipment to “operate to failure”causing major spills.

“OPERATE TO FAILURE”: How BP’s MO & The US Addiction To Oil Caused The Catastrophe Of The Millennium

LIHOPs also occur when the same companies take extreme risks and recklessly drill too deeply into petroleum deposits with inadequate oil platforms and/or other essential equipment. Major drillers like BP are secretly given the green light by regulatory agencies to drill into oil fields containing motherlodes irrespective of the likelihood of blowouts. Deepwater drilling inevitably causes oil spills and gas leaks that are simply out of sight, out of mind as far as the public is concerned.

Still other investigators have attempted to prove that the BPGOS was a “modified” MIHOP but then failed reveal the most essential elements of the greatest environmental crime in U.S. history.

The thesis presented in this article goes way beyond any theory ever presented about the BPGOS. As follows:

Just like the false flag terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Gulf oil spill of 2010 was a false flag operation conducted by the U.S. Federal Government in close collaboration with the U.K. government. Corporate co-conspirators included the British multinational BP, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton among others.

Our purpose in this exposé is not to flesh out the skeleton of this extraordinary conspiratorial plot. A high-integrity criminal indictment would likely fill volumes, the BPGOS reality is so incredibly complex and convoluted.

Obama

Just like 9/11, one of the central characters in the incomparable BPGOS false flag operation was the sitting POTUS. Barack Obama was a key cog in this treasonous conspiracy to wreak havoc in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Yes, it was a deliberate plot to devastate the GOM coastline. And to perpetrate environmental terrorism against the oil-drilling RED states of the Deep South.

Just like every other apocalyptic environmental disaster that is manmade, the BPGOS was extremely organized around the highest executive office in the land—the POTUS. Only in this way could the true perpetrators execute the calamitous crime without detection. Only in this way could the same perps cover up the crime scene and shut down any meaningful investigation, which they did.

In order to control the criminal act itself, the crime scene and the cover up, President Obama completely ceded U.S. governmental authority to BP. In other words, a recidivist corporate criminal was given total control over its own crime scene, before and after. As for the true depth and breadth of this joint corporate-government criminal conspiracy, the following reality check disclosed details about blown oil wells rarely if ever seen in the public domain.

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

This particular report was the first to signal that there was something very wrong in the GOM during the spring and summer of 2010. The clues of obvious wrongdoing and transparent cover-up were so numerous that they could only point to deeper purposes. And so they did. In point of fact, there is simply no precedent in U.S. history for such a treasonous plot to profoundly destroy the homeland environment in this case the territorial waters and coastal communities.

Perhaps the most telling part of the duplicitous role that Obama played in this cataclysm were his several attempts to label the BP Gulf oil spill as an environmental 9/11. (Obama compares impact of BP Gulf oil spill to 9/11) It’s entirely true: the horrific spill has been etched in the American psyche as America’s environmental 9/11 but not for the reasons that Obama would have US think.

President Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Panama City Beach, Florida one month after the gushing well was capped.

KEY POINT: Obama did his bloody best to falsely assure the American people that the oil spill did little to affect the safety and cleanliness of the Gulf of Mexico. The preceding photo-op captures the extent of his initiative to address the worst ecological disaster ever in the Americas.

CO2 -Driven Global Warming Hoax

You see, Obama was the country’s greatest false purveyor of the fake CO2-driven Global Warming scam (Yes, even more than Al Gore!). He was methodically used by his British handlers to convince the Left that it was human activity (which generated atmospheric CO2) that was the real cause for the obvious climate change occurring across the planet. Of course, it wasn’t CO2, it was chemical geoengineering. See: Geoengineering Is The Primary Cause Of Global Climate Change, Not CO2

The critical point here is that Obama was used to demonize the Oil & Gas Industry which the BPGOS did with a vengeance. The blowback from the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion has been so fierce that the industry will never be the same. With one massive environmental attack, Obama et al. effectively took down Big Oil, especially the supermajors like BP. That’s not to say that oil and gas drilling don’t systematically destroy the environment, because they certainly do.

With the BPDOS the perpetrators greatly advanced their single most important agenda item–establishing a New World Order administered initially by a One World Government. The very pretext of this government was the manufactured necessity of controlling the world’s weather and natural resources in order to prevent future cataclysms. See: One World Government Initially Emerging As Global CO2 ‘Management’ Regime

Why BP?

Formerly known as British Petroleum, BP is well known in the Oil & Gas Industry to be an integral corporate arm of the British Government. Although presented as a public corporation, it’s actually run by the key decision-makers in Rothschild banking cartel.

It is this all-powerful banking cartel that has aggressively pushed the fictitious Global Warming narrative from the very beginning. That’s because the Rothschild clan, and all the banking families in their worldwide network, stood to gain financially to a tremendous degree from the “Global Carbon Control Matrix”, which they have been painstakingly putting into place over many years.

As a matter of historical fact, the carbon emission trading business was one of the fastest growing in modern history when it was first inaugurated in 2005. Today, the Carbon Trade Exchange stands as a testament to the financial commodification of carbon emissions around the world. Like so many other NWO initiatives implemented by Obama, only 13 years out and it already appears to be a dinosaur.

Back to BP, this specific supermajor was chosen to do the dirty deed in the GOM because as a foreign corporation they could get away with things that no U.S.-based oil and gas company could.

KEY POINT: “How did BP, of all oil companies, come to be the
beneficiary of so much permitting largesse and regulatory laxity
that led to the unprecedented and illegal practice of deep drilling
in the Macondo Prospect?”

This question can only be answered satisfactorily when looked at through the lens of the massive and monolithic conspiracy to fabricate a shockingly tragic environmental catastrophe. Consider that the US government openly, yet unlawfully, conferred special powers upon BP before, during and after the oil spill. No one had ever seen anything like it before. Sovereign southern states taking direction from a foreign transnational corporation with a criminal record that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Prudhoe Bay, from the North Sea to the Caspian Sea, from the Canadian oil sands to Columbia farmlands.

The following article points out some of the extraordinary procedural failures, simultaneous equipment breakdowns and stunning lapses in leadership that were made to happen in the years leading up to April 20th well blowout. When considered in the aggregate, such a tragedy of errors could only have occurred by purposeful design.

A Citizens’ Indictment of Co-Conspirators BP and BO

Special Note

April is always a big month for the NWO globalist cabal. The following list of major events reflects their preference to start wars, launch major attacks and stage false flag operations during this month. April of 2018 is no different as demonstrated by the Trump-ordered airstrikes on Syria in response to the fake false flag chemical attack in Douma. Notice what a big day April 20th has been historically in the graphic below.

Conclusion

This exposé only scratches the surface of that furtive scheme that was executed in April of 2010 to deliberately cause the worst environmental disaster in the Western Hemisphere.

There are now volumes of evidence scattered all over the Internet that proves the Gulf oil spill was a pre-planned MIHOP event. While much of that evidence is circumstantial and anecdotal, when viewed collectively, it presents an ironclad case. Even the limited hard evidence and scientific proof, much like the evidence available proving that 9/11 was an inside job, shows that the BPGOS was an engineered catastrophe.

Similar to all highly consequential false flag operations over the past 100 years, the BPGOS had several different objectives. Among all of those, it’s clear from the timing of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Macondo Prospect that this disaster was planned for the Obama presidency. It really was meant to be his 𔄡/11 defining moment”. Instead, the BPGOS showed him to be a stone-cold traitor to the American Republic. After all, only an utterly lawless and outright criminal administration would permit so much breaking of federal laws and state statutes, as well as flagrant violation of EPA rules and regulations.

There is also a secret back story to the BPGOS that includes unlikely partners-in-war-crimes President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. This historically accurate part of the plot shows just how much serious planning went into the execution of the BP Gulf oil spill. It also reveals how each successive U.S. administration is always set up to continue the crimes sprees of the previous one(s), especially where it concerns carrying out the NWO agenda. What follows is the Bush-Blair back story:

THE BP GULF OIL SPILL: A Matter Of National Security?

This preceding narrative became quite evident when an SOTN journalist received an authentic copy of a letter sent by the Kremlin in May of 2010. This letter contained the explicit approval by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the use of the two deepwater submersibles — Mir I & II — in the Gulf of Mexico. Russian submersible technology was the most advanced in the world at that time and could have assisted significantly with repairing the gushing well.

To those who facilitated this approval process, it was quite apparent that the White House Response Team was determined not to permit the Russian submersibles to enter the Macondo Prospect under any circumstances. The baseless reasons for the Coast Guard’s rejection of what may have been vital assistance is now well understood.

KEY POINT: The BP Gulf oil spill was quite purposefully carried out as a classic “shock and awe” terror event. Not only the GOM coastal communities, but the whole Deep South was deeply traumatized by this stealthy terrorist attack. The entire nation was held in thrall by the daily developments as the blown-out well gushed hydrocarbon effluent for 87 days. Obama was completely right when he said that the ginormous oil spill was “America’s environmental 9/11”. He just neglected to mention his direct role in the MIHOP.

The author of this article was heavily involved in the investigation of the BPGOS. As a founding member of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Cyber-Conference, he was intimately aware of the various details of the crime scene which were never disclosed by the mainstream media or the Alt Media. Shortly after a radio interview in which the author shared some of these radioactive truths for the very first time, he and other members of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Cyber-Conference were treacherously taken down by American COINTELPRO types and British alternative media agents. As a result, Part I of this special report was tabled in 2011…until today. Many more details to follow in an upcoming investigative report.


Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Full Text

Good evening. As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges. At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American. Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists. And tonight, I’ve returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.

On April 20 th , an explosion ripped through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, about forty miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven workers lost their lives. Seventeen others were injured. And soon, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, oil began spewing into the water.

Because there has never been a leak of this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology. That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge – a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s Secretary of Energy. Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice.

As a result of these efforts, we have directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology. In the coming days and weeks, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well. This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that is expected to stop the leak completely.

Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.

But make no mistake: we will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

Tonight I’d like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward: what we’re doing to clean up the oil, what we’re doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we’re doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.

First, the cleanup. From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation’s history – an effort led by Admiral Thad Allen, who has almost forty years of experience responding to disasters. We now have nearly 30,000 personnel who are working across four states to contain and cleanup the oil. Thousands of ships and other vessels are responding in the Gulf. And I have authorized the deployment of over 17,000 National Guard members along the coast. These servicemen and women are ready to help stop the oil from coming ashore, clean beaches, train response workers, or even help with processing claims – and I urge the governors in the affected states to activate these troops as soon as possible.

Because of our efforts, millions of gallons of oil have already been removed from the water through burning, skimming, and other collection methods. Over five and a half million feet of boom has been laid across the water to block and absorb the approaching oil. We have approved the construction of new barrier islands in Louisiana to try and stop the oil before it reaches the shore, and we are working with Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to implement creative approaches to their unique coastlines.

As the clean up continues, we will offer whatever additional resources and assistance our coastal states may need. Now, a mobilization of this speed and magnitude will never be perfect, and new challenges will always arise. I saw and heard evidence of that during this trip. So if something isn’t working, we want to hear about it. If there are problems in the operation, we will fix them.

But we have to recognize that despite our best efforts, oil has already caused damage to our coastline and its wildlife. And sadly, no matter how effective our response becomes, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done. That’s why the second thing we’re focused on is the recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast.

You know, for generations, men and women who call this region home have made their living from the water. That living is now in jeopardy. I’ve talked to shrimpers and fishermen who don’t know how they’re going to support their families this year. I’ve seen empty docks and restaurants with fewer customers – even in areas where the beaches are not yet affected. I’ve talked to owners of shops and hotels who wonder when the tourists will start to come back. The sadness and anger they feel is not just about the money they’ve lost. It’s about a wrenching anxiety that their way of life may be lost.

I refuse to let that happen. Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness. And this fund will not be controlled by BP. In order to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid out in a fair and timely manner, the account must and will be administered by an independent, third party.

Beyond compensating the people of the Gulf in the short-term, it’s also clear we need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region. The oil spill represents just the latest blow to a place that has already suffered multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to disappearing wetlands and habitats. And the region still hasn’t recovered from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That’s why we must make a commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment.

I make that commitment tonight. Earlier, I asked Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, a former governor of Mississippi, and a son of the Gulf, to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan as soon as possible. The plan will be designed by states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, businesses, conservationists, and other Gulf residents. And BP will pay for the impact this spill has had on the region.

The third part of our response plan is the steps we’re taking to ensure that a disaster like this does not happen again. A few months ago, I approved a proposal to consider new, limited offshore drilling under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe – that the proper technology would be in place and the necessary precautions would be taken.

That was obviously not the case on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and I want to know why. The American people deserve to know why. The families I met with last week who lost their loved ones in the explosion – these families deserve to know why. And so I have established a National Commission to understand the causes of this disaster and offer recommendations on what additional safety and environmental standards we need to put in place. Already, I have issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. I know this creates difficulty for the people who work on these rigs, but for the sake of their safety, and for the sake of the entire region, we need to know the facts before we allow deepwater drilling to continue. And while I urge the Commission to complete its work as quickly as possible, I expect them to do that work thoroughly and impartially.

One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility – a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.

When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it’s now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow. And so Secretary Salazar and I are bringing in new leadership at the agency – Michael Bromwich, who was a tough federal prosecutor and Inspector General. His charge over the next few months is to build an organization that acts as the oil industry’s watchdog – not its partner.

One of the lessons we’ve learned from this spill is that we need better regulations better safety standards, and better enforcement when it comes to offshore drilling. But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. And that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

For decades, we have known the days of cheap and easily accessible oil were numbered. For decades, we have talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked – not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor.

The consequences of our inaction are now in plain sight. Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be here in America. Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil. And today, as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude.

We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny.

This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels will take some time, but over the last year and a half, we have already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry. As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows, and small businesses are making solar panels. Consumers are buying more efficient cars and trucks, and families are making their homes more energy-efficient. Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that will someday lead to entire new industries.

Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of good, middle-class jobs – but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation – workers and entrepreneurs scientists and citizens the public and private sectors.

When I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence. Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill – a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses.

Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And some believe we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.

So I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party – as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels. Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks. Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power. Others wonder why the energy industry only spends a fraction of what the high-tech industry does on research and development – and want to rapidly boost our investments in such research and development.

All of these approaches have merit, and deserve a fear hearing in the months ahead. But the one approach I will not accept is inaction. The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is too big and too difficult to meet. You see, the same thing was said about our ability to produce enough planes and tanks in World War II. The same thing was said about our ability to harness the science and technology to land a man safely on the surface of the moon. And yet, time and again, we have refused to settle for the paltry limits of conventional wisdom. Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny – our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.

It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.

Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region’s fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It’s called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and today it’s a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea – some for weeks at a time.

The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago – at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.

And still, they came and they prayed. For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, “The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always,” a blessing that’s granted “…even in the midst of the storm.”

The oil spill is not the last crisis America will face. This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through – what has always seen us through – is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day. Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America.


Obama administration sues BP, others over Gulf spill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday launched a legal battle against BP Plc and its partners by suing them for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, which could cost the companies billions of dollars.

The lawsuit seeks damages from the well owners BP, Anadarko Petroleum Corp and Mitsui & Co Ltd unit MOEX, and well driller Transocean Ltd and its insurer QBE Underwriting/Lloyd’s Syndicate 1036, part of Lloyds of London, for their roles in the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

“While today’s civil action marks a critical step forward, it is not a final step,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at a news conference.

“Both our criminal and civil investigations are continuing, and our work to ensure that the American taxpayers are not forced to bear the costs of restoring the Gulf area -- and its economy -- goes on,” he said.

The suit, the first by the U.S. government after the April 20 explosion aboard the drilling rig in which 11 workers died, was filed in a New Orleans federal court which is considering private lawsuits against BP and the others for the spill.

BP, which returned to profitability in the third quarter of 2010, has begun selling assets and amassing a massive warchest to pay for damages caused by the oil spill, which the oil concern has estimated could reach as much as $40 billion.

The oil company said on Wednesday it was weighing the sale of its Canadian natural-gas liquids business.

In response to the lawsuit, BP said it is “solely a statement of the government’s allegations and does not in any manner constitute any finding of liability or any judicial finding that the allegations have merit.”

“BP will answer the government’s allegations in a timely manner and will continue to cooperate with all government investigations and inquiries,” the company said.


Obama and the Oil Spill

President Obama’s handling of the gulf oil spill has been disappointing.

I say that not because I endorse the dishonest conservative critique that the gulf oil spill is somehow Obama’s Katrina and that he is displaying the same kind of incompetence that George W. Bush did after that hurricane. To the contrary, Obama’s team has done a good job coordinating the cleanup so far. The president has been on top of it from the start.

No, the gulf oil spill is not Obama’s Katrina. It’s his 9/11 — and it is disappointing to see him making the same mistake George W. Bush made with his 9/11. Sept. 11, 2001, was one of those rare seismic events that create the possibility to energize the country to do something really important and lasting that is too hard to do in normal times.

President Bush’s greatest failure was not Iraq, Afghanistan or Katrina. It was his failure of imagination after 9/11 to mobilize the country to get behind a really big initiative for nation-building in America. I suggested a $1-a-gallon “Patriot Tax” on gasoline that could have simultaneously reduced our deficit, funded basic science research, diminished our dependence on oil imported from the very countries whose citizens carried out 9/11, strengthened the dollar, stimulated energy efficiency and renewable power and slowed climate change. It was the Texas oilman’s Nixon-to-China moment — and Bush blew it.

Had we done that on the morning of 9/12 — when gasoline averaged $1.66 a gallon — the majority of Americans would have signed on. They wanted to do something to strengthen the country they love. Instead, Bush told a few of us to go to war and the rest of us to go shopping. So today, gasoline costs twice as much at the pump, with most of that increase going to countries hostile to our values, while China is rapidly becoming the world’s leader in wind, solar, electric cars and high-speed rail. Heck of a job.

Sadly, President Obama seems intent on squandering his environmental 9/11 with a Bush-level failure of imagination. So far, the Obama policy is: “Think small and carry a big stick.” He is rightly hammering the oil company executives. But he is offering no big strategy to end our oil addiction. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman have unveiled their new energy bill, which the president has endorsed but only in a very tepid way. Why tepid? Because Kerry-Lieberman embraces vitally important fees on carbon emissions that the White House is afraid will be exploited by Republicans in the midterm elections. The G.O.P., they fear, will scream carbon “tax” at every Democrat who would support this bill, and Obama, having already asked Democrats to make a hard vote on health care, feels he can’t ask them for another.

I don’t buy it. In the wake of this historic oil spill, the right policy — a bill to help end our addiction to oil — is also the right politics. The people are ahead of their politicians. So is the U.S. military. There are many conservatives who would embrace a carbon tax or gasoline tax if it was offset by a cut in payroll taxes or corporate taxes, so we could foster new jobs and clean air at the same time. If Republicans label Democrats “gas taxers” then Democrats should label them “Conservatives for OPEC” or “Friends of BP.” Shill, baby, shill.

Why is Obama playing defense? Just how much oil has to spill into the gulf, how much wildlife has to die, how many radical mosques need to be built with our gasoline purchases to produce more Times Square bombers, before it becomes politically “safe” for the president to say he is going to end our oil addiction? Indeed, where is “The Obama End to Oil Addiction Act”? Why does everything have to emerge from the House and Senate? What does he want? What is his vision? What are his redlines? I don’t know. But I do know that without a fixed, long-term price on carbon, none of the president’s important investments in clean power research and development will ever scale.

Obama has assembled a great team that could help him make his case — John Holdren, science adviser Carol Browner, energy adviser Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winner and Lisa Jackson, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. But they have been badly underutilized by the White House. I know endangered species that are seen by the public more often than them.

Obama is not just our super-disaster-coordinator. “He is our leader,” noted Tim Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics. “And being a leader means telling the rest of us what’s our job, what do we need to do to make this a transformative moment.”

Please don’t tell us that our role is just to hate BP or shop in Mississippi or wait for a commission to investigate. We know the problem, and Americans are ready to be enlisted for a solution. Of course we can’t eliminate oil exploration or dependence overnight, but can we finally start? Mr. President, your advisers are wrong: Americans are craving your leadership on this issue. Are you going to channel their good will into something that strengthens our country — “The Obama End to Oil Addiction Act” — or are you going squander your 9/11, too?


BP Oil Spill: Facts and Environmental Impact

Katherine Gallagher covers sustainable living with an emphasis on travel, nature, and food. She holds a certificate in Sustainable Tourism from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

US Coast Guard / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

The BP Oil Spill was the longest and most severe offshore oil spill in United States history. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by the BP oil company, exploded, killing 11 people and sending 134 million gallons of crude oil straight into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

What followed was an environmental disaster unlike anything the world had seen before, defined by unprecedented numbers of wildlife deaths, impact to the surrounding communities, and damages to ecosystems that are still struggling to recover more than a decade later. Prior to 2010, the nation’s worst oil spill had been the Exxon Valdez, which spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989.

BP Oil Spill Facts

  • The BP Oil Spill was the worst offshore oil spill in United States history.
  • From April 20, 2010 to July 15, 2010, an estimated 134 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • A series of catastrophic failures led to an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, causing the death of 11 people and a massive leak in an underwater wellhead.
  • The rig was being leased and operated by the BP oil company.

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

The administration swore it would profit from the mistakes of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to allow drilling in the Atlantic makes you wonder if it learned anything at all.

Stuart H. Smith

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After a brief flurry of positive news for environmentalists out of the Obama White House—from a deal with China on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to a plan to restrict oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness—a news report this week felt like something of a slap in the face: The administration plans to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia to Georgia, beginning two years from now.

The move satisfies a long-held desire by many GOP members of Congress, who’d been pushing hard for this big expansion as President Obama’s Interior Department works on a five-year offshore drilling permitting plan that will run from 2017 through 2022. And there had been warning signs that the president would give them what they sought in July, the administration signed off on oil companies using 250-decibel seismic guns to map the Continental Shelf from Delaware to Florida—despite warnings that the blasts will deafen and even kill marine mammals, interfering with their communications and breeding.

As a native son of Louisiana, I’m deeply troubled by Obama’s move. I’ve been an environmental lawyer along the Gulf Coast for a quarter-century. For the last four years, most of my work has been representing fishing boat captains or small business owners whose lives have been turned upside down by the worst offshore drilling disaster in U.S. history: the 5 million barrels of oil that spewed forth from BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout. I’ve listened to the clean-up workers coping with headaches, nausea, and other ailments from breathing in crude oil or the toxic dispersant used to make the oil “disappear” from the surface of the Gulf. I honestly don’t think America can handle another drilling disaster of the BP magnitude.

So how can we move forward on Atlantic drilling when the government has not followed through on its promises to learn from the mistakes that caused the Gulf oil disaster? In 2011, the National Oil Spill Commission—created in response to the BP fiasco—recommended a series of measures that would be funded through the industry’s lease payments and would place a much greater emphasis on safety. For example, it called for a new “Safety Institute” that would study and implement ways to prevent future accidents. Remarkably, none of the commission’s proposals have been funded or implemented. Indeed, there has been no new federal legislation to improve offshore drilling standards since the calamity along the Gulf Coast … none!

Meanwhile, other post-Deepwater Horizon measures have failed to instill confidence. The regulatory Minerals Management Service, which was sharply criticized after the BP spill as too close to industry, was split up, with plans for better training for the regulators, and a new outlook. But just this fall, investigative reporter David Hammer of WWL-TV in New Orleans found that a new training center promised for the Gulf has never even gotten off the ground. Instead, federal officials have been zealous in their efforts to expand drilling in the Gulf, even as crude from the 2010 spill still washes ashore. Just this summer, the Interior Department put another 21 million acres in the western Gulf up for lease, as part of what Obama calls his “all of the above” energy policy.

By opening up the Atlantic off the southern U.S. in 2017, the White House has created a brand new playing field. It is one that holds the potential of great reward for Big Oil and Gas—officials estimate the new drilling zone contains at least 3.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 31.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and possibly much more—and equally great risk for the environment. The hundreds of thousands of people who make their living from the motels, seafood shacks, and T-shirt shops in places such as the Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head will now get to lose sleep worrying about what happened to the tourism industry in the Gulf in 2010.

In addition to the seismic assault on wildlife, a five-year push to massively expand oil exploration and production across the Outer Continental Shelf makes a mockery of Obama’s stated goal to reduce America’s carbon pollution. The fact that oil prices are so low now—although it may make Atlantic drilling less attractive in the short run—is also a potential boon to the energy giants in the long run, as they lock in long-term leases at lower prices.

But the downside of Atlantic drilling is simply too great. In 2008, Obama said he hoped his political ascension would be remembered as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Instead, American oil production rose sharply, while prices at the pump have plunged—and this was all before a Republican Congress could make good on its promise to roll back basic environmental protections. In the coming weeks, environmentalists have been looking to the White House to make a stand against the GOP push for another high-risk, environmentally costly project—the Keystone XL pipeline—and their expected moves against the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to curb greenhouse gases. This self-inflicted blow to the future safety of the Atlantic Ocean is an unforced error that doesn’t make the other battles any easier.


Unindicted Co-conspirators include: President Barack Obama, BP CEO Tony Hayward, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International Peter Sutherland, and many other frontmen for the Rothschild banking cartel

“Who knew it was a false flag MIHOP?Who knew that the BP Gulf oil spill was a deliberate act of environmental terrorism?! The world was an entirely different place 8 years ago when the globalists could pull off an environmental false flag operation in broad daylight and few suspected. A false flag only means that the explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon were blamed on a methane burp rather than a planted explosive device.”

— Intelligence Analyst & Former Military Officer

Today, April 20th, 2018 marks the 8th anniversary of the greatest environmental disaster in North American history.

The BP Gulf oil spill (BPGOS) will be remembered for many things however, there is one unknown aspect that was never exposed during that fateful spring of 2010.

MIHOP

What very few investigative journalists ever even touched upon is that the BP Gulf oil spill was a MIHOP. It was an environmental catastrophe of truly epic proportions that was Made To Happen On Purpose (also known as a MIHOP).

A few researchers arrived at the incorrect conclusion that the BPGOS was a LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose). This view is partially based on the historical fact that companies such as BP (formerly British Petroleum) have allowed their equipment to “operate to failure”causing major spills.

“OPERATE TO FAILURE”: How BP’s MO & The US Addiction To Oil Caused The Catastrophe Of The Millennium

LIHOPs also occur when the same companies take extreme risks and recklessly drill too deeply into petroleum deposits with inadequate oil platforms and/or other essential equipment. Major drillers like BP are secretly given the green light by regulatory agencies to drill into oil fields containing motherlodes irrespective of the likelihood of blowouts. Deepwater drilling inevitably causes oil spills and gas leaks that are simply out of sight, out of mind as far as the public is concerned.

Still other investigators have attempted to prove that the BPGOS was a “modified” MIHOP but then failed reveal the most essential elements of the greatest environmental crime in U.S. history.

The thesis presented in this article goes way beyond any theory ever presented about the BPGOS. As follows:

Just like the false flag terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Gulf oil spill of 2010 was a false flag operation conducted by the U.S. Federal Government in close collaboration with the U.K. government. Corporate co-conspirators included the British multinational BP, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton among others.

Our purpose in this exposé is not to flesh out the skeleton of this extraordinary conspiratorial plot. A high-integrity criminal indictment would likely fill volumes, the BPGOS reality is so incredibly complex and convoluted.

Obama

Just like 9/11, one of the central characters in the incomparable BPGOS false flag operation was the sitting POTUS. Barack Obama was a key cog in this treasonous conspiracy to wreak havoc in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Yes, it was a deliberate plot to devastate the GOM coastline. And to perpetrate environmental terrorism against the oil-drilling RED states of the Deep South.

Just like every other apocalyptic environmental disaster that is manmade, the BPGOS was extremely organized around the highest executive office in the land—the POTUS. Only in this way could the true perpetrators execute the calamitous crime without detection. Only in this way could the same perps cover up the crime scene and shut down any meaningful investigation, which they did.

In order to control the criminal act itself, the crime scene and the cover up, President Obama completely ceded U.S. governmental authority to BP. In other words, a recidivist corporate criminal was given total control over its own crime scene, before and after. As for the true depth and breadth of this joint corporate-government criminal conspiracy, the following reality check disclosed details about blown oil wells rarely if ever seen in the public domain.

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

This particular report was the first to signal that there was something very wrong in the GOM during the spring and summer of 2010. The clues of obvious wrongdoing and transparent cover-up were so numerous that they could only point to deeper purposes. And so they did. In point of fact, there is simply no precedent in U.S. history for such a treasonous plot to profoundly destroy the homeland environment in this case the territorial waters and coastal communities.

Perhaps the most telling part of the duplicitous role that Obama played in this cataclysm were his several attempts to label the BP Gulf oil spill as an environmental 9/11. (Obama compares impact of BP Gulf oil spill to 9/11) It’s entirely true: the horrific spill has been etched in the American psyche as America’s environmental 9/11 but not for the reasons that Obama would have US think.

President Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Panama City Beach, Florida one month after the gushing well was capped.

KEY POINT: Obama did his bloody best to falsely assure the American people that the oil spill did little to affect the safety and cleanliness of the Gulf of Mexico. The preceding photo-op captures the extent of his initiative to address the worst ecological disaster ever in the Americas.

CO2 -Driven Global Warming Hoax

You see, Obama was the country’s greatest false purveyor of the fake CO2-driven Global Warming scam (Yes, even more than Al Gore!). He was methodically used by his British handlers to convince the Left that it was human activity (which generated atmospheric CO2) that was the real cause for the obvious climate change occurring across the planet. Of course, it wasn’t CO2, it was chemical geoengineering. See: Geoengineering Is The Primary Cause Of Global Climate Change, Not CO2

The critical point here is that Obama was used to demonize the Oil & Gas Industry which the BPGOS did with a vengeance. The blowback from the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion has been so fierce that the industry will never be the same. With one massive environmental attack, Obama et al. effectively took down Big Oil, especially the supermajors like BP. That’s not to say that oil and gas drilling don’t systematically destroy the environment, because they certainly do.

With the BPDOS the perpetrators greatly advanced their single most important agenda item–establishing a New World Order administered initially by a One World Government. The very pretext of this government was the manufactured necessity of controlling the world’s weather and natural resources in order to prevent future cataclysms. See: One World Government Initially Emerging As Global CO2 ‘Management’ Regime

Why BP?

Formerly known as British Petroleum, BP is well known in the Oil & Gas Industry to be an integral corporate arm of the British Government. Although presented as a public corporation, it’s actually run by the key decision-makers in Rothschild banking cartel.

It is this all-powerful banking cartel that has aggressively pushed the fictitious Global Warming narrative from the very beginning. That’s because the Rothschild clan, and all the banking families in their worldwide network, stood to gain financially to a tremendous degree from the “Global Carbon Control Matrix”, which they have been painstakingly putting into place over many years.

As a matter of historical fact, the carbon emission trading business was one of the fastest growing in modern history when it was first inaugurated in 2005. Today, the Carbon Trade Exchange stands as a testament to the financial commodification of carbon emissions around the world. Like so many other NWO initiatives implemented by Obama, only 13 years out and it already appears to be a dinosaur.

Back to BP, this specific supermajor was chosen to do the dirty deed in the GOM because as a foreign corporation they could get away with things that no U.S.-based oil and gas company could.

KEY POINT: “How did BP, of all oil companies, come to be the
beneficiary of so much permitting largesse and regulatory laxity
that led to the unprecedented and illegal practice of deep drilling
in the Macondo Prospect?”

This question can only be answered satisfactorily when looked at through the lens of the massive, monolithic conspiracy to fabricate a shocking and tragic environmental catastrophe. Consider that the US government openly, yet unlawfully, conferred special powers upon BP before, during and after the oil spill. No one had ever seen anything like it before. Sovereign southern states taking direction from a foreign transnational corporation with a criminal record that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Prudhoe Bay, from the North Sea to the Caspian Sea, from the Canadian oil sands to Columbia farmlands.

The following article points out some of the extraordinary procedural failures, simultaneous equipment breakdowns and stunning lapses in leadership that were made to happen in the years leading up to April 20th well blowout. When considered in the aggregate, such a tragedy of errors could only have occurred by purposeful design.

A Citizens’ Indictment of Co-Conspirators BP and BO

Special Note

April is always a big month for the NWO globalist cabal. The following list of major events reflects their preference to start wars, launch major attacks and stage false flag operations during this month. April of 2018 is no different as demonstrated by the Trump-ordered airstrikes on Syria in response to the fake false flag chemical attack in Douma. Notice what a big day April 20th has been historically in the graphic below.

Conclusion

This exposé only scratches the surface of that furtive scheme that was executed in April of 2010 to deliberately cause the worst environmental disaster in the Western Hemisphere.

There are now volumes of evidence scattered all over the Internet that proves the Gulf oil spill was a pre-planned MIHOP event. While much of that evidence is circumstantial and anecdotal, when viewed collectively, it presents an ironclad case. Even the limited hard evidence and scientific proof, much like the evidence available proving that 9/11 was an inside job, shows that the BPGOS was an engineered catastrophe.

Similar to all highly consequential false flag operations over the past 100 years, the BPGOS had several different objectives. Among all of those, it’s clear from the timing of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Macondo Prospect that this disaster was planned for the Obama presidency. It really was meant to be his 𔄡/11 defining moment”. Instead, the BPGOS showed him to be a stone-cold traitor to the American Republic. After all, only an utterly lawless and outright criminal administration would permit so much breaking of federal laws and state statutes, as well as flagrant violation of EPA rules and regulations.

There is also a secret back story to the BPGOS that includes unlikely partners-in-war-crimes President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. This historically accurate part of the plot shows just how much serious planning went into the execution of the BP Gulf oil spill. It also reveals how each successive U.S. administration is always set up to continue the crimes sprees of the previous one(s), especially where it concerns carrying out the NWO agenda. What follows is the Bush-Blair back story:

THE BP GULF OIL SPILL: A Matter Of National Security?

This preceding narrative became quite evident when an SOTN journalist received an authentic copy of a letter sent by the Kremlin in May of 2010. This letter contained the explicit approval by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the use of the two deepwater submersibles — Mir I & II — in the Gulf of Mexico. Russian submersible technology was the most advanced in the world at that time and could have assisted significantly with repairing the gushing well.

To those who facilitated this approval process, it was quite apparent that the White House Response Team was determined not to permit the Russian submersibles to enter the Macondo Prospect under any circumstances. The baseless reasons for the Coast Guard’s rejection of what may have been vital assistance is now well understood.

KEY POINT: The BP Gulf oil spill was quite purposefully carried out as a classic “shock and awe” terror event. Not only the GOM coastal communities, but the whole Deep South was deeply traumatized by this stealthy terrorist attack. The entire nation was held in thrall by the daily developments as the blown-out well gushed hydrocarbon effluent for 87 days. Obama was completely right when he said that the ginormous oil spill was “America’s environmental 9/11”. He just neglected to mention his direct role in the MIHOP.

The author of this article was heavily involved in the investigation of the BPGOS. As a founding member of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Cyber-Conference, he was intimately aware of the various details of the crime scene which were never disclosed by the mainstream media or the Alt Media. Shortly after a radio interview in which the author shared some of these radioactive truths for the very first time, he and other members of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Cyber-Conference were treacherously taken down by American COINTELPRO types and British alternative media agents. As a result, Part I of this special report was tabled in 2011…until today. Many more details to follow in an upcoming investigative report.


President Obama blames giant oil company BP for deadly explosion

President Obama on Sunday blamed the giant oil company that owns a Gulf of Mexico rig for the devastating blast that killed 11 workers and sent oil spewing toward the coast.

Calling the explosion and spill a "massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," Obama took aim at BP for the gushing leak that's pouring thousands of gallons of oil a day into the waters of the gulf.

"Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak," Obama said after a visit to the site of the spill off the Louisiana coast. "BP will be paying the bill."

The still-uncontrolled oil spill is shaping up as one of the worst in U.S. history, and could be worse than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, which deposited 11 million barrels of oil into waters off the Alaskan coast.

Obama's visit came as his administration fought off criticism of its slow response to the April 20 spill. The government announced a 10-day ban on recreational and commercial fishing in areas of the Gulf affected by the spill.

"Your government will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis," he said.

Obama administration officials made the rounds on the Sunday news shows, pledging to "keep the boot on the neck of [BP]" to patch up the well and foot the bill.

Cleanup crews have grappled with streams of oil moving toward the Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama coasts. Experts have warned that the slick could eventually move around Florida into the Atlantic Ocean.

The spill could devastate marine life, tourism, fishing and the Gulf Coast's already fragile economy.

Even if the well is shut off in a week, fishermen and wildlife officials wonder how long it will take for the gulf to recover.

Some compared it to the killer Hurricane Katrina, which Louisiana is still recovering from after nearly five years.

"It's like a slow version of Katrina," Venice, La., charter boat captain Bob Kenney said. "My kids will be talking about the effect of this when they're my age."

The government has said that 5,000 barrels of oil are gushing into the gulf daily, while BP officials have said there is a "large uncertainty" about just how much oil was spilled.

BP execs emphasized the difficulty of trying to shut off the gusher on the bottom of the gulf.

"This is like doing open-heart surgery at 5,000 feet, in the dark, with robot-controlled submarines," Lamar McKay, the president and chairman of BP America, said on ABC's "This Week."


Obama’s War on the BP Oil Spill

It has been widely reported that Rep. Joe Barton has embarrassed the Republican Party. That by itself might be considered a monumental achievement, given what it usually takes to embarrass politicians these days. But Barton’s offense is most egregious. He apologized to BP (formerly British Petroleum) for what the Texas Republican characterized as a "shakedown" by President Obama in getting the company to agree to put $20 billion into an escrow account for the compensation of victims of damage done by the explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig and the massive and ongoing spillage of oil off the coast of Louisiana.

During a congressional hearing on June 17, Barton expressed his sympathy to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the creation of what he described as a political "slush fund." "I’m not speaking for anybody else," Barton said. "But I apologize."

Democrats were quick to pounce on and vehemently denounce Barton, and his fellow Republicans were not far behind. House GOP leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Mike Pence issued a statement that, whatever else may be said, did not beat around the bush.

"Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong," they said. "BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion for that purpose." But BP’s "offer" was likely as voluntary as Barton’s subsequent apology for his apology, in a ritual required by the gatekeepers of acceptable thought. Barton retracted his apology to BP, and apologized for accusing the President of conducting a "shakedown." At this rate, Barton may need to expand his congressional staff just to cope with the volume of his apologies.

But though he got the brunt of media attention, Barton was not alone in his characterization of the fund and its creation. The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House members, said the same thing in a statement written by the group’s chairman, Tom Price of Georgia. "BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown," Price wrote. BP had already begun paying claims, Price said. "Any attempt to sidestep that responsibility should be met with the strongest legal recources available. However, in an administration that appears not to respect fundamental American principles, it is important to note that there is no legal authority for the President to compel a private company to set up or contribute to an escrow account."

Perhaps the Republican Study Committee now owes an apology to Chicago. Even a city with a hard and justly earned reputation for political corruption is entitled to take umbrage at seeing its penchant for shakedowns impugned by politicians in Washington, D.C. But the critics who ridiculed Barton’s apology to BP appear to have ignored his point that there is in our Constitution and laws "a due process system" for assessing and awarding damages. And Obama’s deal with BP takes an end run around it.

Now Barton’s sympathy may have been obtained at a high price. The Associated Press reports that since 1990, "oil and gas industry political action committees have given more than $1.4 million to Barton’s campaigns, the most of any House member during that period, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics." So let us suppose, for the sake of discussion, that Barton and other critics of the escrow fund are beholden to the big oil companies. Let us assume that they are as deeply covered in oil as those unfortunate birds on the coast of Louisiana that we see nightly on our TV screens.

Assume also that the President’s motives in establishing the account are as pure as the driven snow &mdash that he only wants to be sure that those whose property, lives, and livelihood have suffered from the spill are compensated as quickly as possible. Suppose that there is nothing about the escrow account that could remotely resemble a slush fund and that political connections and possible advantages to the President and his party will in no way influence how and to whom payments will be awarded. The question remains: What will be the President’s role in what are essentially judicial decisions?

And where does he get the authority to declare a six-month moratorium on licenses for deepwater drilling? Surely there are procedures and regulations, established by law, for the granting or denial of the licenses. Should that whole process be tossed aside by a fiat from the White House? Are we that far along in accepting one-man rule in America?

There has been a lot of talk on the airwaves about how the President needs to act as "commander in chief" in this crisis. Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has spoken of the need for a "military-style chain of command." But the President is not the nation’s commander in chief. Under the Constitution, he is commander in chief of our armed forces only. And the oil eruption off the Louisiana coast, serious as it is, is not a military attack, however much Obama wishes to describe it that way.

The use of martial imagery throughout the President’s June 15 Oval Office address was remarkable. He spoke of "the battle we are waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens." He wished to inform us of "what our battle plan is going forward." To "the idea that this challenge is too big and difficult to meet" (whosever idea that might be), Obama had a ready response: "You know, the same thing was said about our ability to produce enough planes and tanks in World War II."

It seems safe to assume Obama does not plan to bomb the oil slicks from the air or run over them with amphibious assault vehicles. But why, we might ask, does last year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize slip so easily and comfortably into rhetoric that suggests the Gulf of Mexico is now a war zone? Could it be because in war the President is always expected to assume greater powers and any opposing him appear lacking in either courage or patriotism? That, after all, is what happened to the few members of Congress who dared to oppose the passage of the Patriot Act or the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security early in the Bush administration’s "war on terrorism."

By employing the language of war in the same speech in which he renewed his call for vast new federal powers to regulate energy consumption, Obama perpetuates a long-established, bipartisan tradition of portraying every problem as amenable to a military-style solution &mdash not necessarily with guns and tanks or Predator drones, but always with more power centered in the federal government and a greater regimentation of our people.

Congress no longer bothers to declare war when authorizing the President to take military action abroad. But Washington loves to declare war on the home front. That’s why we have had in recent decades declarations of a federal War on Poverty, a War on Crime and a War on Drugs. When Jimmy Carter was President we even had the Moral Equivalent of War as an energy policy, until the slogan was reduced to an acronym (MEOW) embarrassing to an administration not noted for its lion’s roar.

Given the increasingly militarized mindset in Washington, perhaps it’s time the President and Congress simply declare War On Everything. The government is good at creating an endless amount of WOE.