About 4 weeks ago Obama reversed a long standing administration policy prohibiting new offshore drilling in a remarkable cave in to Republicans and to the oil companies who gave him and other Democrats millions in campaign donations through employees' individual donations.
Now, it is discovered that the current oil spill off the Louisiana Coast may be as much as 20 times greater than reported by the companies involved, 20,000 barrels a day according to satellite photographs, versus the 1.000 BP stated, versus 5,000 by the Coastguard.
The oil plume is currently twice the size of the state of Delaware and is expanding rapidly, and could impact the Mississippi wild lands coast within 36 hours. Homeland Security just raised the spill to status of a national concern.
(I have just seen the news. Heavy onshore winds have moved the plume much faster than expected, and part of the oil slick is expected to come ashore within 3 hours. Efforts to cap the well with a 100 ton dome have failed. It may take three months to dig a separate well to siphon the pool feeding the leaking well. However, it is projected now that that this spill will surpass the Alaska spill in 50 days. Therefore, by the time the relief well gets operational, the spill will be twice as large as that of the Exxon Valdez, which was 250,000 barrels, which is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever to occur in history according to Wikipedia. It looks like the administration is about to reverse itself on offshore drilling.)
Add to that his new stand on renewing commercial whaling, and I ask the question, "Is Obama a Republican Big Business Trojan Horse?"