Economics, Energy and the Environment

Obama Administration Breaks Another Phony Pledge for Transparency

Whether it was promising repeatedly to put all healthcare negotiations on C-SPAN or to not hire lobbyists, President Obama has now shown several times his willingness to break his word.

The latest example comes from the president’s Department of Interior, which has refused to release its own tabulations showing Americans support offshore drilling by a 2-to-1 margin, which was recently confirmed thanks to two requests made by American Solutions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

In April last year at a forum on offshore drilling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that President Obama directed him “to make sure that we have an open and transparent government” and that “these are not decisions that are going to be made behind closed doors.” Salazar went on to say that President Obama wanted to make sure that the Department of the Interior was “maximizing the opportunity for the public to give us guidance on what it is that they want to do.”

But the latest FOIA revelation shows again that the Obama administration is not serious about openness and transparency, nor was it serious when it said that it cared about getting public input in the offshore drilling comment period.

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