"But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they're sending SWAT teams down there [to the Gulf of Mexico,] folks, since they're sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I'm just noting the timing here," Limbaugh said on his show on April 29.
Environmentalists reacted to Limbaugh's comment, calling it "ridiculous."
"It's an absolutely ridiculous assertion," said Kristina Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club. "This is a tragedy… It is no secret who is to blame. BP is responsible for this disaster and they should be held accountable for the cleanup."
Wesley Warren, director of the National Resources Defense Council, echoed that sentiment saying: "No one is seriously suggesting that this wasn't anything other than a technological failure because of decisions made by the company."
"What is really crazy is that we now have to set the ocean on fire to clean up a big oil spill when we could have pursued different path," Warren said.
In early April, President Obama broke with some in his party to endorse off-shore drilling to spur economic growth. Following the spill, however, the president halted the expansion of new wells.