Friday, April 23, 2010

Major oil spill threat follows Obama reversal on drilling in Gulf of Mexico

It's quite astounding how meek America's big environmental groups have become. It takes a catastrophe for them to show any backbone. AP reports today:
A deepwater oil platform that burned for more than a day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, creating the potential for a major spill as it underscored the slim chances that the 11 workers still missing survived...

The explosion came less than a month after President Barack Obama's decision to open portions of the East Coast to oil and gas exploration, and opponents of the move have seized on the blast as a reason to reverse course.
How did major environmental groups actually react to Barack Obama's decision to back peddle on his campaign promise and allow offshore drilling?   They thanked him.   I'm not kidding.  Specifically, pointing to an ecologically sensitive area of the Alaskan coastline Obama had not included among the areas he intended to open for drilling (but had not yet moved to formally protect) a coalition of environmental groups paid for a full-page ad in Politico that read: "Thank you President Obama!"*

* I thought I had saved a copy of the ad, will post a copy if I ever find it.

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