Smokey Joe Barton- who you might remember from such classic hits as “F*ckin’ plate tectonics- how do they work?” and arguing against using wind turbines to generate electricity because doing so might interfere with God’s regulation of the climate– has reached a new level of industry sycophancy today, apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward for President Obama “forcing” BP to create a $20 billion “slush fund” (the escrow account BP agreed to yesterday):
I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that, again, in my words, amounts to some sort of a shakedown.
Yes. How dare the administration “shake down” BP by getting it to mutually agree to a figure that could easily be a third of what the company would otherwise face. What horrors might the Obama dictatorship unleash upon industry next, actual enforcement of existing regulations governing drilling? *shudder*
UPDATE: Here’s the video: