Texas Gov. Perry: Gulf oil spill could be ‘act of God.’

 Can you believe this guy?

According to Politico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, is now arguing that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have been an “act of God.”

That’s what Perry told a Chamber of Commerce audience in Washington; his concern, apparently, is that the federal government might decide that the benefits of expanded offshore drilling might not be worth the cost of wrecked fisheries and other natural habitats, slimed beaches and countless workers thrown out of work. Imagine.

What next? Will Pat Robertson announce that the spill is the result of gays in the military?

I’m guessing the  Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism won’t be impressed with Perry’s unusual theology. 

The massive and as-yet-uncontrolled oil spill – which now may threaten East Coast areas as well as the Gulf –  could give a boost to  the RAC’s campaign urging  President Obama to abandon his plans for expanded offshore exploration and drilling.

“As the ongoing spill off the Gulf Coast shows yet again, there is no such thing as clean and safe offshore oil drilling,” the group said. “Yet the Obama Administration has announced plans to open hundreds of miles of coastline to this dangerous and destructive practice. At a time when we need energy policies that protect our health, our environment, and our long-term energy security, we must call for an end to – not an expansion of – offshore drilling.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) agrees with the Reform group – which generally likes Obama administration policies, but draws the line on his energy plans.

“This spill is an example of the dangers posed by offshore oil drilling,” she said. “I have consistently stood in opposition to the expansion of drilling off the coast of Florida, which, as this oil rig explosion has shown us, could easily bring spilled oil along Florida’s western and eastern coasts via the Gulf loop current.”

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.