Rep. Issa Suggests Obama Used BP Oil Spill To Punish "Right-To-Work" South

June 02, 2011 1:57 pm ET

During an Oversight Committee hearing on the Obama adminstration's response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Rep. Issa (R-CA) posited his latest hyperbolic conspiracy theory. This time, he implies that the Obama administration used the BP oil disaster to punish southern states for anti-labor policies.

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ISSA: Every state in the Gulf of Mexico, every oil state, is a right to work state.

BARBOUR: I think all the states in the Gulf of Mexico, I don't know if every oil state is —

ISSA: Yeah yeah yeah. Califoria's an oil state, we're not right to work. But every Gulf oil state is in fact a right to work state.

BARBOUR: That's my belief.

ISSA: Does it surprise you that the policies of this administration seem to be targeting the economic well-being of your area. And I'm not trying to say it's a big plot or anything else, but it does seem like, if 9/11 aircraft fly into the Pentagon, fly into the Twin Towers, the next day we're figuring out how to get airplanes back in the air.

And yet, the economy — the seafood economy, the tourism economy, and the oil economy of your states — when you're suffering, it seems like there's no limit to how long this administration will take to have a moratorium to think about whether or not they can let you do something that's so vital to your economy.