The Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh and John McCain have all said similar things in support of their "drill now, drill everywhere" plan of getting more money for oil lobbyists.
They've been repeating it for weeks now, but it took Mike Huckabee on Fox News to really cap it off. Here's the party line they want you to believe. Here's the party line they want their supporters to repeat, over and over, until the public is led to believe something that is patently untrue:
"When Katrina, a Cat-5 hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast, not one drop of oil was spilled off of those rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico. So we know that the technology to drill offshore is extraordinarily safe and environmentally friendly."- Mike Huckabee
Whenever you hear this said, refute it. Katrina put at least 11,104 barrels into the Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana coast. Rita added even more.
Oyster has been tracking this for some time, but right here, right now, the truth cannot be repeated enough.
Update: For those of you wondering, the myth that "not one drop of oil was spilled" comes from the idea that "there were no major oil spills during Katrina and Rita." Oyster documents this here. Further, Oyster continues by tracking down where this talking point seems to be coming from (with links), and that - in addition to Huckabee - Gov. Jindal also seems to be propogating this myth.
Here's even more links to right-wingers parroting this talking point. In response to Dante's comment, here's the transcript of Rush Limbaugh defending drilling with the "even with Katrina and Rita....we have had no major oil leaks." (Link HT: White Noise Insanity)
This may not be a "conspiracy" as Dante pointed out, but why then would so many of the right's strongest voices, from talk radio to presidential candidates, be telling the same untruth over and over and over? They've laundered the information and are now free to use it on the national stage.
Unless it is repeated again and again that the "no oil spilled during the 2005 hurricanes" is a patently untrue thing to say.