Bill Randall, a North Carolina Republican candidate for Congress, is calling for a “thorough investigation” into whether President Barack Obama’s administration colluded with BP to allow the Gulf oil spill.
“There were procedures that were violated by BP that the federal government signed off on, safeguards that decades of engineering wherewithal and knowledge told them that this way the way to do it,” Randall told reporters earlier this week. “They intentionally bypassed that and the safety was compromised.”
Randall continued: “I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I don’t think enough investigation has been done on this. Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion.”
Though Randall has insisted he doesn’t know why the Obama administration would want to do this, his claim came in response to a question about whether he supported President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. That would suggest Randall may be reflecting the views of some conservatives who suspect the oil spill may have been caused on purpose by environmentalists or other people who want to turn public opinion against oil drilling and pass climate-change and green energy legislation.
At a follow-up press conference Thursday, Randall defended his call for an investigation into possible collusion between BP and the federal government but denied that his earlier comments suggested the spill was made to happen or allowed to happen.
Asked if he thought the oil spill was intentional, Randall replied, “I don’t think you can take anything from my statement that indicates that.”
Randall’s comments have become fodder for his Republican opponent, Bernie Reeves, in a June 22 run-off primary, reports the Charlotte News & Observer. And they prompted a scathing editorial in the Greensboro News-Record.
“Randall’s recent cockeyed ramblings that the Obama administration and BP have conspired to spill oil in the Gulf of Mexico should cause voters to wonder if he’s out of touch … with reality,” the editorial states. “Making such groundless accusations without even the flimsiest corroboration will add nothing to the national dialogue on cause, response, accountability and how to prevent such an unprecedented environmental catastrophe from ever happening again.”
The following video was uploaded to the Web by Crooks and Liars, June 18, 2010.