Friday, September 12, 2008

Who thought that "drill baby drill" would be so... easy to mine?

I wrote about the phrase "drill baby drill" twice before. Greg Laden has an interesting take on that phrase, and some news about the Interior Department:

Boob ogling is not the only place where male power brokering and sexual politics play out. It turns out that when the crazy Republicans at the RNC were shouting "Drill Baby Drill" they were not merely making an inappropriate (for prime time) sexual reference about oil drilling, they were (inadvertently?) describing what Republican Appointed oil industry regulators are actually doing.
An Interior Department investigation describing a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by workers at the agency that issues offshore drilling leases and collects royalties hit lawmakers Wednesday just as they prepared for votes next week on expanding offshore drilling. "On the eve of Congress starting this big debate you've got a horror story of mismanagement and misconduct in programs that are going to be a key part of the discussion," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in an interview, adding that it can't help but influence the debate.
We're talking about the Minerals and Management service of the Department of the Interior. Geologists. Almost as bad as archaeologists.
Now why couldn't I think of that connection?

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