Saturday, September 20, 2008

Drugs, sex and ....OIL

There just really isn't much hope, is there?

by Meg White

So, let me get this straight: House Republicans are slamming Dems using advice from drug-addled cheaters who are literally in bed with oil executives? Yes, sadly enough, that is one way to refer to the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service.

The House voted this week to pass an expansion of offshore drilling to allow companies to extract oil from coastal regions as little as 50 miles from the shoreline. Though they've been crying out for an expansion of offshore drilling for what seems like forever, Republicans still found a way to make Democrats weak at the gas pump. They said that "experts" say all the good oil reserves are between three miles and 50 miles from the shore. And who are these experts? Why, it's the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, which was just revealed by the department's inspector general to have engaged in drug use and illicit sex with oil company executives.

The Associated Press reported the story, but they did it backwards. Always looking for conflict and a news peg, they started out talking about the new bill and Republicans attacking Democrats, sneaking the sex and drugs in at the very end, after readers had fallen asleep or turned to the crossword puzzle.

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