Today, Louisiana US Representative Steve Scalise is leading the charge to prevent such reforms from ever taking hold.
“He’s a rock star on our stuff, there’s no question about it,” said Stephen Brown, vice president of federal government affairs for Tesoro Corp., which refines and markets petroleum products. “He’s probably your go-to person for the oil and gas industry. If he can’t be for it, it’s not going to happen.”It was important that "big oil's rock star" not have his career derailed by some inconvenient matter of associating with white supremacists. So it didn't happen. And aren't we all grateful for that.
Scalise’s rise was almost derailed two years ago after the disclosure of a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group, an episode that could have sunk any lawmaker’s career. But he said that making the speech had been a mistake and was able to persevere, now serving in a Republican leadership team headed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
That’s turned out to be good news for the oil industry at a time when it can use some friends in Washington.
UPDATE: Yes I know the Macondo blowout happened on April 20. That isn't the problem. The problem is I woke up thinking today was April 20. So... good morning everybody