Obama’s Packed Anti-drilling Panel


The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial today, “The Antidrilling Commission,” raises some points worth remembering over the coming months:

The President has appointed a seven-person commission to take what he says will be an objective look at what caused the Gulf spill and the steps to make offshore drilling safe. But judging from the pedigree of his commissioners, we’re beginning to wonder if his real goal is to turn drilling into a partisan election issue. Mr. Obama filled out his commission last week, and the news is that there’s neither an oil nor drilling expert in the bunch. Instead, he’s loaded up on politicians and environmental activists. . . .

One co-chair is former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, who fought drilling off Florida throughout his career. The other is William Reilly, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush but is best known as a former president and former chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, one of the big environmental lobbies. The others:

• Donald Boesch, a University of Maryland “biological oceanographer,” who has opposed drilling off the Virginia coast and who argued that “the impacts of the oil and gas extraction industry . . . on Gulf Coast wetlands represent an environmental catastrophe of massive and underappreciated proportions.”

• Terry Garcia, an executive vice president at the National Geographic Society, who directed coastal programs in the Clinton Administration, in particular “recovery of endangered species, habitat conservation planning,” and “Clean Water Act implementation,” according to the White House press release.

• Fran Ulmer, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, who is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. She’s also on the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, which opposes nuclear power and more offshore drilling and wants government policies “that reduce vehicle miles traveled” (i.e., driving in cars).

The Union of Concerned Scientists worked closely with BP to get carbon cap-and-trade passed domestically and to involve the U.S. in an international global-warming treaty beginning in the mid-’90s. I know because I was in the room. But I digress. The Journal continues:

• Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who prior to her appointment blogged about the spill this way: “We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil.” On at least five occasions since the accident, Ms. Beinecke has called for bans on offshore and Arctic drilling.

Ms. Beineke makes an appearance in Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America (citations are omitted):

“Green jobs” cheerleaders carry on like slightly less credible carnival barkers or sport gambling touts pushing their “lock of the week.” Listen to the activists’ unified field theory and wonder why they don’t also promise to cure teenage acne and end world hunger: “Properly designed legislation,” declared the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Frances Beinecke, “will encourage innovation, enhance America’s energy security, foster economic growth, improve our balance of trade, and provide critically needed U.S. leadership on this vital global challenge.”

That’s all? Of course not. It’s also super-fast acting! Pass the miserable global warming bills in Congress, and “millions of clean energy jobs would be created, starting right away.”

Our friends at Wikipedia tell us that “Reilly is a director of DuPont” — USCAP member — “ConocoPhillips” — USCAP member until quitting after they felt they didn’t get their fair share under Waxman-Markey “the National Geographic Society” — where have I heard that name recently? — “and the Packard Foundation.” Packard of course is an aggressive funder of the global-warming and related “population” agenda. So, have no worries that Reilly comes to this as anything but an activist. But wait, there’s more.

“He also serves as chairman of the board of the World Wildlife Fund, co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy” — the latter a fully vested entity in this matter (which, the head of a different group pushing the same agenda mentioned to me in casual conversation, has a billion dollars to promote the agenda). Again, Reilly is on this panel for a reason.


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