Obama huge recipient of BP Funding - Will it Affect his Offshore Drilling Policy?
The facts are disheartening. In 2009, BP spent $15.9 million in lobbying dollars to influence energy policy and Obama has been the primary recipient of that largess. As an Illinois state senator and U.S. presidential candidate, he received $77,051 from BP. He has also received more BP employee money than anyone else over the last 20 years. Considering BP’s generosity, what is the U.S. public to expect from Obama in the face of the BP-involved oil spill environmental disaster looming along the U.S. Gulf States?
According to Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt, the President has shown his true colors in his consistent efforts to roll back tax breaks and other favors for the oil and gas industry – including BP – while making the “largest investment in American history in clean energy incentives.” Additionally, LaBolt insists that the Obama campaign did not accept “a dime from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists”.
This may all be true, but equally factual is the offshore oil-drilling compromises the Obama administration has been making in order to win Republican support for the climate change bill. And, as the fourth largest oil company in the world, where there is offshore drilling the likelihood is high that BP will benefit.
It may have been an accident, but if there were no offshore oil drilling, there would be no oil spill. Americans sickened by this truth are asking: What will you do now, President Obama?