Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Congress needs to stop the Deepwater Horizon hearings

Would it be too much for Congress to hold off on all the damned hearings in Washington, DC?  Just for a little while, so that the senior leadership of BP, TransOcean and Halliburton can focus on getting the leak stopped?

Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, burned and sank last month, we've had hearings before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittees on Oversight and Water and Wildlife, the full Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.  Still to come are hearings before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.  That's just the seven hearings that I know of.  

The Obama regime didn't have its WTF moment and realize that they had a problem in the Gulf until eight days after the incident began.  Since his May 2 visit to Louisiana, his Democrat henchmen have scheduled no less than seven congressional hearings.  Each hearing is before a committee having different oversight responsibility, meaning a different set of questions and a different set of interrogators.  This makes the corporate senior leadership engage their staff to interview boots-on-the-ground crew chiefs and team leaders to gather information.  They have to prepare testimony and fact check their statements. Then the senior leadership and their staff have to travel to Washington, DC and sit under the lights.  

Assuming the senior leadership of the three companies are the best leaders the company has on the payroll, wouldn't it make sense to hold off on the interrogations until the damned well is capped off and the spill is cleaned up?  


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