So check this out:
Obama wants to open 167 million acres of ocean for drilling. Here is an article about it in the New York Times. There are a couple pretty big pros–much needed revenue and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, but GAWDANG are there some cons, the majority of them having to do with perpetuating the destruction of the already-battered environment. I can just hear the Gulf of Mexico (“oh man, not again…”). Poor thing’s just exhausted.
Almost as disturbing as imagining thousands more drilling platforms being built next to the thousands that already exist in the Gulf, is Obama’s increasing weakness on climate change and the environment, and his willingness to compromise himself and the planet in order to please a few Republicans and moderates. After his bogusly weak showing in Copenhagen late last year, one would think that Obama might be slightly more tip-toe-y climate legislation-wise. I certainly thought so, but then again, I also thought he cared more than he apparently does.
The past couple months had me thinking that maybe the Obama administration had rediscovered their testes. I just didn’t think they would lose them again so quickly.
“The Senate is expected to take up a climate bill in the next few weeks — the last chance to enact such legislation before midterm election concerns take over. Mr. Obama and his allies in the Senate have already made significant concessions on coal and nuclear power to try to win votes from Republicans and moderate Democrats. The new plan now grants one of the biggest items on the oil industry’s wish list — access to vast areas of the Outer Continental Shelf for drilling.”
Anyway, make of this what you will. I gotta go get ready for Francais.
I lurve you all.