Obama's Spill Team Lacks Oil Expertise

Friday, 18 Jun 2010 10:12 AM

By Andrea Tantaros

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If you want to look like you're doing something in Washington, appoint a commission. Nothing says sleeves are being rolled up like a federal task force of "experts." The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is no different.

During his Oval Office address to the nation this week, President Obama stressed that steps are being taken to ensure that a catastrophe like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico never happens again.

One of these steps is — you guessed it — a newly formed blue-ribbon panel, appointed by Obama himself.

As he put it: "Because there has never been a leak this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology. That's why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation's best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge."

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