White House will now wait on offshore drilling until ‘an adequate review’ of massive Gulf spill

UPDATE via the Wonk Room: Repeating a GOP/Oil industry sounding talking point, earlier this month the President said:

It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills. They are technologically very advanced.

It turns out, by the way, they do:
So, last month, Obama offered a great compromise on energy. He was going to allow coastal drilling, because he going to get beyond the “tired debates” over the issue. As John asked yesterday: Now who is looking tired? Now who is backtracking? This morning, David Axelrod said that there will be no drilling until there is “an adequate review.” Note the President is apparently sticking with his plans for drilling, but needs a study about what happened in the Gulf of Mexico:

“All he has said is that he is not going to continue the moratorium on drilling but… no additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on “Good Morning America” today, defending the administration’s policy.

Axelrod said no new offshore drilling will go forward until “there is an adequate review of what happened here and what is being proposed elsewhere.”

As Gulf Coast residents brace for mounds of slick to hit their shores, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has seeped into the energy debate in Washington, D.C. and threatens to disrupt Obama’s policy and the bipartisan energy legislation in the Senate.

This spill threatens Obama’s new policy of drilling, because “all he said” was that he’s going to allow it. Obama owns it now. Imagine how much we’d be mocking Palin and the GOPers over their “drill, baby, drill” agenda if Obama hadn’t adopted it. So, that quest for bipartisanship and the need to please conservative Democrats is really paying off.

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