“Nationalize Oil Industry” and “Kill” Capitalists ~ Chris Matthews

I’ve got a better idea that killing and capitalizing off of destroying capitalism… vote an oil man in and another person with pull at Halliburton that know how bad this situation can get and have the know-how and strings to pull to end the crisis — Bush and Cheney. Too bad Obama’s in the middle of this Chris!

(Bloomberg) The chief U.S. oversight official for offshore oil drilling resigned today, four weeks after a rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers, sank the vessel and triggered leaks that have spewed millions of gallons of crude into the sea.

Chris Oynes, associate director of the offshore energy and minerals management program for the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, has left his job, Bill Lee, an agency spokesman, said in an interview.

Oynes left amid heightened scrutiny of rig-safety inspections and mounting criticism of what President Barack Obama described as the agency’s “cozy relationship” with the energy industry… (read more)…

Won safety award last year and was going to be handed another this year:

(AP)….In fact, last year MMS (federal Minerals Management Service) awarded the rig an award for its safety history.

(Drudge) Obama administration cancels offshore SAFETY awards; BP a finalist

The Interior Department’s 2010 SAFETY awards luncheon this afternoon has been cancelled. The “awards recognize outstanding safety and pollution prevention performance by the offshore oil and gas industry.”

BP is a finalist for government award this year and made the cut in 2009 as well. According to Interior, “only the top candidates who show outstanding performance in each of their respective OCS districts will be considered a finalist for the National SAFE Award.”

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