"Today, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the recovery efforts after the BP oil spill last April, focusing on the Obama administration’s response. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) testified, standing in as an able replacement for an official company spokesman. In his opening statement, Barbour blamed the economic devastation in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast not on BP, Halliburton, or Transocean, the companies responsible for poisoning the region, but on the news media, for showing a 'chocolate pelican'."
Kristen Bartoloni reports for Think Progress Green June 2, 2011.
"Haley Barbour: Give States Control in Spills" (Politico)
"Oil Spill Was Economic, Not Ecological Disaster, Barbour Says" (McClatchy)
"House Panel Faults Administration Spill Response" (Green/NYT)
"Michael Bromwich Spars With House GOP Over Gulf Oil Spill Response" (Huffington Post)
"Darrell Issa, Haley Barbour Prepare for Gulf Spill Recovery Probe" (Politico)
"OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Issa Aims at Obama Oil-Spill Response" (E2 Wire)
"Haley Barbour, the GOP's Best Candidate Not To Run" (Guardian)
Opinion: "Haley Barbour, the Fat Cats’ Candidate" (Washington Post)
"Haley Barbour 2012 Announcement: 'I Will Not Be A Candidate For President Next Year'" (Huffington Post)
: Think Progress