When Asked During The Presidential Campaign Obama Denied That He Would Take Either of These Actions ……
Obama reviews Bush orders on stem cells, drilling
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama‘s transition chief said Sunday the incoming administration is looking to reverse President Bush‘s executive orders on stem cell research, oil and gas drilling and other matters.
John Podesta said the president can use such orders to move quickly without waiting for Congress to act, highlighting the extraordinary powers a president can wield beyond signing legislation approved by Congress. Podesta said people should expect Obama to use those powers to reverse many policies of the Bush administration.
“I think across the board, on stem cell research, on a number of areas, you see the Bush administration even today moving aggressively to do things that I think are probably not in the interest of the country,” Podesta said in a broadcast interview.
“There’s a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we’ll see the president do that,” Podesta said.
Also, the federal Bureau of Land Management is opening about 360,000 acres of public land in Utah to oil and gas drilling, leading to protests from environmentalists …… Podesta said. “I think that’s a mistake.”
So much for Obama’s Campaign pledge to support additional drilling –