Six months into his tenure as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton has stopped even trying to hide his pro-Big-Oil agenda. Upton consistently sides with the oil and gas industry -- and it's clear why.
A year later, the cleanup continues, and it is clear that we were asking the right questions. The oil spill packed a bigger wallop than anyone expected at the time because of the unique properties of tar sands oil.
Instead of people just shaking their heads and sighing, "Well, what can I do?"... The answer is simple. Take a proactive step. The window of opportunity to send a comment of support to the E.P.A. is drawing to a close. August 4th to be exact.
It's all very black and white: EPA bad, industrial America good. Economy vs. the environment. Capitalism vs. socialism. Or, maybe, in the mind of Joe Barton, the "legitimately wrong" vs. the illegitimately right.