Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.
Really? Somehow, given Fearless Leader's previous statements on energy policy (his love of "alternative" energy sources and desire for carbon taxes), I doubt this explanation. Sounds more to me like he was making sure that the disaster didn't go to waste. Got to accomplish those Great Things, don'tcha know.