GOP Reps Broun and Paul jump oily shark: BP and Obama conspired on oil spill to push climate bill

The latest right wing conspiracy theories pushed by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) make the birthers seem rational.   Think Progress has the story.

Following BP’s oil disaster, Republican lawmakers lined up to attack President Obama’s response to the spill, particularly efforts to rein in dangerous oil drilling and to create an escrow account to help expedite payments for BP’s victims. After a wave of Republicans attacked the escrow account as a “shakedown,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) went as far as formally apologizing to BP executives for how the Obama administration had treated them.

However, after rushing to the defense of a criminal multinational corporation like BP, now GOP lawmakers are ginning up conspiracy theories that Obama actually wants the oil disaster to be destructive. At a town hall yesterday in Athens, Georgia, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) said “maybe” Obama is “purposeful[ly]” giving a “poor response to this oil spill” so he “could promote his energy tax”:

BROUN: Our President he is utilizing this crisis of this oil spill to try to promote this energy tax. And I’ve had numerous people, all over the district, question whether his poor response to this oil spill was purposeful so that he could promote his energy tax. I don’t know, maybe.

Watch it:

Despite the absurdity of Broun’s comments, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) managed to concoct a far crazier conspiracy theory with radio host Alex Jones during an interview on July 1st.

Jones floated the idea that BP had planned the spill by giving “orders they knew would cause a problem,” BP “funded the carbon tax,” that BP actually wants the U.S. government to nationalize their assets, and the entire clean energy bill is a secret plot to establish a global government. He also noted that the Obama administration wants the spill to worsen to provoke “forced evacuations.” Paul did not dispute any of Jones’ ideas. Rather, he confirmed that he also is “very suspicious of BP and our government and even the Obama administration.” The Texas congressman then said Jones “forgot” that Obama used “executive orders” to dictate policy, giving the example of the escrow account, and that because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drained necessary National Guard troops that could have been used in the Gulf. Listen here:

Of course, literally nothing either Jones or Paul said was true or is substantiated by evidence. Obama negotiated the $20 billion escrow account; he did not create it by executive order, as Paul contends. Also, Obama has deployed thousands of National Guard reserves “” however in many cases, they are not being used because Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and others have not formulated plans to put them to work.


ALEX JONES: Let’s talk about the oil spill. Again just to preface this, BP gave orders they knew would cause a problem, turns out 2 months before it was leaking. BP is one of the biggest contributors to Obama, they funded the carbon tax, they’ve got a global governance office with a vice president over it. They’ve always wanted to nationalize oil so they get an inside deal. I’m very suspicious of how this has been handled. We’re 70 plus days in, Obama has blocked a Taiwanese ship they can get, half a million gallons they scooped up, they blocked over 30 other mega-ships. Now, the huricannes are coming in, he’s saying he may let them come in. Once that oil gets blown in, they’re going to have a major disaster. The Washington Post is discussing forced evacuations. Obama’s answer is give me the carbon tax. Rahm Emmanuel said don’t let a good crisis go to waste. I don’t see this as Obama vs BP as the mainstream media has phrased it “” really this is Obama working with BP to try to get his carbon tax. Congressman, this is out in international water, why don’t we have the salvagers to begin with? How can Obama tell people 50 miles out in the Gulf what to do?

RON PAUL: Well you forgot he can write executives orders and do anything they want. So, it is a real mess. If a state needs some manpower, generally they don’t have manpower that might be able to help out and that maybe be their National Guard unit, they’re out in Afghanistan and Iraq. [“¦] But yes, I’m very suspicious of BP and our government is doing and even the Obama administration, and that’s why I’ve challenged the principle, this agreement they have to set up this fund, this 20 billion dollar fund. That sounds like a lot of money but I think it could be a lot of mischief, and that was done by executive order.

19 Responses to GOP Reps Broun and Paul jump oily shark: BP and Obama conspired on oil spill to push climate bill

  1. Seems to be another nutter born every minute.

  2. villabolo says:

    At what point will this ever escalating psychosis blow up in everyone’s faces?

  3. Lore says:

    First off, you have to wonder why anyone would do an interview with Alex Jones, Mr. Conspiracy Kook, in the first place.

  4. Colorado Bob says:

    Arid Australia Sips Seawater, but at a Cost

    “We consider ourselves the canary in the coal mine for climate change-induced changes to water supply systems,” said Ross Young, executive director of the Water Services Association of Australia, an umbrella group of the country’s urban water utilities. He described the $13.2 billion as “the cost of adapting to climate change.”

  5. Colorado Bob says:

    Given the constraints in natural resources, our currently unprecedented levels of debt on a global scale, and the absence of ideas for the next grand “leap forward” for mankind, it seems plausible that we might have to bid adieu to economic growth, and not just for a year or two, but for a long time.

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    A culture of politics trumping science, many say, persists despite the president’s promises. The use of potentially toxic dispersants to fight the gulf oil spill is cited as just one example.,0,4320861.story

  7. George says:

    I suspect the psychosis being demonstrated by many in the Republican party will trump the evidence of climate change. I am reminded that anthropological evidence in Greenland points to the Vikings engaging in cannibalism towards the end and not making the necessary adaptations to the climate change they were experiencing.

  8. Green Patriot says:

    These two Congressman make me want to vomit. I’m so sickened by how the opponents of planet saving legislation are able to call it cap and tax and energy tax. Joe – why don’t the supporters of science based climate policies have the guts to call out these phonies for using such deceiving talking points?

  9. BillD says:

    Sure, BP must have planned to lose half of their market cap or perhaps, the BP executives and board want the company to go bankrupt so that ….(and why do these seem like good strategies?)

  10. Kota says:

    If Obama and BP set this up they suck at conspire 101. Oh gee let’s destroy the Gulf, thousands of wild lifes, eco lands and lively hoods and make BP look like poopburgers!! That way we can have a livable planet!

    I think BP would have rather put that 20Billion to the side with Obama for clean energy without the Gulf goo! Furthermore they could have promised X% of every gallon of BP gas was going into the till too toward more windmills/solar panels, a majority % of Americans would be buying from their stations instead of boycotting them.

    The energy future would have had an oil corporate kick start which would have been awesome BECAUSE they are a fossil fuel company and BP would have been the darling oil company for the next 50 years or more with the majority of people who do know the climate is taking us down.

    The only thing stupider than the conspiracy theory, is that some rich oil company doesn’t go whole hog into clean energy so they can remain the top dogs in the energy field of the future.

  11. Peter Wood says:

    If I was made dictator I would force Alex Jones to wear a tin-foil hat whenever he appears on the internet.

  12. Nicholas Petty says:

    I am getting to the point of HATING ANYTHING that has the GOP name attached to it. it is bad enough that the State in which I live is GOP hook, line , and sinker, but do we have to be saddled with the likes of these profoundly ignorant individuals ?

    And what is even worse is that there are many more profoundly ignorant individuals that BELIEVE them !!!

    I would rather the climate change drastically, and the Yellowstone Super Volcano go off, than to have to continue living in the United States of Ignorance !!!

  13. Yeah. What you’re missing is if I had Clark’s mouth full of quarters, I’d be a rich man. The others? Not so much.

  14. BBHY says:

    You don’t have to be bat-sh*t crazy to be successful in the GOP, but it helps!

  15. Sarah says:

    Do increasing temperatures correlate to a decrease in brain cells? If so, this represents yet another unanticipated positive feedback on the climate: more heat –> more human stupidity –> less ability to mitigate heating.

    The prevalence of these views in Texas, Georgia, and other southern states supports this hypothesis. (and tinfoil hats could either exacerbate brain overheating, or be slightly protective if you are standing in the sun)

  16. Raul says:

    What percent profit would beyond pollution realize
    if they sell off oil rights? If they sell something
    that they paid 35 million for 5 billion then that
    could be a great deal of profit not a tax loss. Only
    a guess though.

  17. catman306 says:

    Paul Broun’s my man, my main man. (And my Congressman!) The Paul Broun Center for Batshit Crazy Thinking (his office) is less than 5 miles from here. What scares me is that the citizens elected him and look up to him for leadership. He is one of them! And God is on his side. (Ask him, he’ll tell you, ask them, they’ll tell you.)

    This is scary, too. Don’t expect too much from these Committees and Subcommittees.

    Wikipedia: Paul Broun Committee Assignments:

    Committee on Homeland Security
    Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment
    Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
    Committee on Science and Technology
    Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
    Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Ranking Member)

  18. Raul says:

    Photos of the trickle down theory in practice could
    be in high demand these days. Word of reparations monies
    are elusive with calls for more skimmers and more
    efficient skimmers needed for many locations.
    Any word of beyond pollution offering up its
    corporate petty cash to fund the expected push
    for oil drilling off the Florida coast.

  19. catman306 says:

    Broun’s young opponent is efficiently raising cash. Many in Broun’s district believe he needs replacing. Any efforts toward that end will be sincerely and personally appreciated!