It's official. Bush has a scorched-earth policy:
F. Chase Hutto III, a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney with a long history of promoting anti-environmental regulation policy, is a top choice for a post at the Energy Department, the Washington Post reports today.
Hutto, who is being considered for the position of assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, has been a contact within the administration for the oil and gas industry on energy and environmental issues.
The administration's controversial decision to delay action on regulating greenhouse gas emissions was shaped in part by Hutto.
Highlights of this dumbass's career are here.
Bush has a perfect record of chosing the worst possible people for jobs. I'd love to get my hands on the interview questions. One of them has got to be, "Are you completely opposed to the purpose and principles of the department you want to work in?" It's like it's permanent Opposite Day at the Bush White House, and the assclown in office is doing his level best to ensure he leaves America destroyed behind him.
And then we have McLame, babbling the bullshit about offshore drilling on an oil rig. Well, let's have a look at what might be driving his determination to drill:
It should come as no surprise that the McCain chose to visit a Chevron-owned drilling platform, considering that lobbyists for Chevron both fundraise and work for his campaign:Wayne Berman: Berman, the managing director of lobbying firm Ogilvy Government Relations, is McCain’s national finance co-chairman and has bundled over $500,000 dollars for his campaign. Berman has lobbied for Chevron since 2004.
John Green: Green, who also works for Oglivy, has been the McCain campaign’s chief Congressional liaison since March. Green has lobbied for Chevron since 2005.
Richard Hohlt: Hohlt, who is the leader of a group of Washington, DC insiders called the “Off the Record Club” that includes top McCain strategist Charlie Black, is a fundraiser for the McCain campaign. Holht has lobbied for Chevron since 2005.
In June, McCain went before oil executives in Texas to reverse his position on offshore
drilling and lay out a set of policy proposals that add up to a big fat kiss to Big Oil. Since
then, the oil industry has flooded McCain with money and McCain has begun promoting the advice of “the oil executives.”
Yup. Big Oil has big pockets, and McCain's happily snuggled right inside of 'em.
Continuing our delve into dirty energy, let's see what Peabody Coal's head honcho has got to say about his product:
Speaking to USA Today, Gregory Boyce, CEO of Peabody, the world’s largest coal company, “shrugged off any worries” about coal’s enormous greenhouse gas emissions or moves to make energy more environmentally friendly, declaring the U.S. would never move away from coal:“It’s a good time to be Peabody,” says Boyce, an affable man who speaks in a confident baritone. “There’s not enough natural gas. There’s not enough renewables (such as wind and solar energy) to go around. So I’m not concerned that coal is going to disappear. For us not to use that resource, we are just shooting ourselves in the foot.” […]
“There’s a perception out there that coal is dirty, and we have to change that,” he adds, noting that coal plants already have cut emissions of some pollutants and boosted efficiency to slash CO2 discharges. “Black is the new green."
My ass. Black is the new green only if we learn to live in monochrome. And develop lungs that run on dirty air. Oh, and don't mind that runaway greenhouse effect stuff. Peabody's been lying about the environmental impact of its product for generations.
The last thing this country needs is more drilling and more mining. What this country needs is a completely new energy policy that will explore clean, renewable energy. We need to enrich America, not the fat bastards who so love to rape it.
If McCain gets elected, I'm afraid that a continued assault is all we have to look forward to.