Senate Report Criticizes Administration for Flawed Federal Response to Oil Spill

Kristin Gilbart /

A new report from the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee details startling facts about the Obama administration’s failed leadership in response to the Gulf oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report aptly named, “Failure of Leadership: President Obama and the Flawed Federal Response to the BP Disaster.”

Inhofe’s report details the many ways in which “…administration officials failed in several instances to remove regulatory and bureaucratic impediments and to ensure that proper and adequate resources were brought to bear in addressing the BP disaster.”

The report lays out four specified areas in which the president’s failures are most evident.

In a video Inhofe released in conjunction with the report, he concludes, “Sadly, the reality in Washington is that the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress were more anxious to exploit the disaster in an attempt to pass their liberal agenda than to respond to the Gulf tragedy.”

The proof is in the pudding. Obama and his administration failed to take the necessary steps to react quickly, efficiently and thoroughly and instead added to the complications of the spill by failing to act, keeping unnecessary regulations in place and instead formulating how the spill could behoove their liberal environmental agenda.

Kristin Gilbart is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.