Rep. Markey: Bush’s new WMD = ‘Wells of mass deception.’

President Bush announced today that he will lift the presidential moratorium on offshore oil drilling established in 1990 by his father, George H.W. Bush. In response, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, said that Bush is pushing “another WMD: wells of mass deception“:

Today President Bush is invoking the specter of another WMD: wells of mass deception. The president’s own press spokeswoman said earlier today that today’s announcement by the president will change nothing, since all of the legislative moratoria on offshore drilling remain in place. The Bush oil policy is an attempt at mass deception by a White House that has, for the last seven and a half years, pursued Big Oil’s agenda of drill, drill, drill.

The Wonk Room notes that Bush’s action is intended to put pressure on Congress to follow him in “capitulation to the oil companies.” (HT: The Hill)