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New Conspiracy Theory! Limbaugh, Perino, Fox Suggest Environmentalists to Blame for Oil Spill

Everyone knows that capitalism would grind to a halt and the world would end if companies didn't cut costs by ignoring basic safety standards, so it's not surprising that BP has a spotty safety record. Under the company's last CEO, "a fatal explosion took place at BP's Texas City refinery, leaks sprang onto the tundra from a company pipeline in northern Alaska, and a BP production platform in the Gulf of Mexico suffered structural problems that delayed its start date." On Sunday, President Obama stressed that the British company is entirely to blame for the spill, and vowed they'd be "paying the bill." (probably not really on that second part, but that's a different story). All that said, isn't it far more likely that the environmental catastrophe is actually the fault of environmentalists? Media Matters points to the latest right-wing meme/completely irrational conspiracy theory to jump from the fringe blogs to Fox and the talk shows:

Limbaugh: "Environmental whackos" may have blown up oil rig to "head off more oil drilling."On his April 29 radio show, Rush Limbaugh questioned "the timing" of the explosion and said: "Lest we forget ... the cap and trade bill was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist whackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants." Limbaugh added: "[W]hat better way to head off more oil drilling and nuclear plants then by blowing up a rig? I'm just, I'm just noting the timing here."

Perino: "[W]as this deliberate?"On the May 3 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Dana Perino said of the spill: "I'm not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory, but was this deliberate? You have to wonder...if there was sabotage involved."

Bolling falsely claimed it was "nine days before" the leak "was even addressed" and asked, "Did they let this thing leak? ... if they're going to try and pull drilling, that may be the way they do it."On the same broadcast of Fox & Friends, Fox Business Network host Eric Bolling said: "The question is ... why the delay in the response? You guys were pointing out, nine days before it was even addressed, 12 days before he made a formal comment. The question is, did they let this thing leak? I mean, BP said maybe a thousand barrels a day, it went to five thousand. Did they let it leak a little bit and say, boy I don't know. The conspiracy theorists would say, 'maybe they'd let it leak for a while, and then they addressed the issue.'" Bolling added: "That would be a humongous accusation and probably the net result would be no different, but if they're going to try and pull drilling, that may be the way they do it."

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