Courtesy of thorinside via FlickrAfter Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologized to BP in June for what he described as an Obama administration "shakedown," Democrats saw an opportunity. Within a week, Barton, the ranking minority member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was starring in Democratic National Committee ads titled "How Republicans Would Govern." The White House even got in on the action. "Who would the GOP put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress?" tweeted White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "Yup, u guessed it - JOE BARTON." Barton certainly has an odious …
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Kate Sheppard was previously Grist's political reporter. She now covers energy and the environment for The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter.