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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:39 PM

US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump's ability to distract public

Source: Guardian (UK)

Revealed: Interior department official says he is ‘thrilled’ by Trump’s ‘knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else’

A top US official told a group of fossil fuel industry leaders that the Trump administration will soon issue a proposal making large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and said that it is easier to work on such priorities because Donald Trump is skilled at sowing “absolutely thrilling” distractions, according to records of a meeting obtained by the Guardian.

Joe Balash, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, was speaking to companies in the oil exploration business at a meeting of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, or IAGC, last month.

“One of the things that I have found absolutely thrilling in working for this administration,” said Balash,“is the president has a knack for keeping the attention of the media and the public focused somewhere else while we do all the work that needs to be done on behalf of the American people.”...

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/14/offshore-drilling-trump-official-reveals-plan-and-distractions-delight



SOSO from the LePetomaine/Burns Administration...

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friendly_iconoclast Mar 2019 OP
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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:54 PM

1. "...on behalf of the American people."

OK, Joe. Sure. American people.

If the public (American people) needs to be focused somewhere else to accomplish your goals, as you say, then it's not quite on behalf of the public, now is it?

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:56 PM

2. That's been pretty obvious for a WHILE, though still infuriating to see his officials ADMIT IT (nt)

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:56 PM

3. The rest of the quote

“One of the things that I have found absolutely thrilling in working for this administration,” said Balash,“is the president has a knack for keeping the attention of the media and the public focused somewhere else while we do all the work that needs to be done on behalf of the American people that have large holdings of oil and gas producers in their portfolios. And for that matter foreigners that have large oil and gas holdings. Everybody else, well, fuck ‘em, what do we care?”

Maybe he didn't say that last part out loud, but...

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 04:05 PM

4. THe Fly In The Ointment Of 'Thrilling Distractions'

There's always a leaker, intentional or not.

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