@curiousgeorgiana: i'm trying to have an open mind b/c these areas could use the economic development but the cons are increased trucking/ shipping lanes, increased damage to an already hurting Bay...a good thing on spills is they aren't as frequent at the platforms themselves unless they are grossly under reported...
Obama fanatics are right now using all their imagination to conjure an excuse for their dear leader.
Since the clearest explanation for his action is that he's a cynical, neo-liberal corporatist, his fawning fans will have to settle for claiming he is playing some kind of thousand dimensional chess game and this move will create more clean energy somehow.
@CrayonSmoothie: Actually, all the Obama voters I know have been pretty critical of him from the beginning, for things just like this (and ramping up the war in Afghantistan). and many of them have called him a neo-liberal corporatist. Turn off the FoxNews and its mythology of the worshipful Obama cultists. There's plenty of internal criticism circulating on the left. You fail.
@Astroblack: On the left? Yes, we on the left have always been critical of him and knew from the beginning he was a conservative corporatist. However, self identified liberals and Democrats still worship the guy.
Please don't deny that he has a hardcore fan base of millions who will praise and defend him regardless of what he does. A lot of those people post right here on Gawker.
The worst criticism I see of Obama from "Liberals" and Democrats is that he's too soft and accommodating to the other side, that he's just too nice...but he's still a great president. We on the left see him as what he is, a corporate shill who works with all the other corporate shills from both parties to benefit the rich and the owners at the expense of the middle class and working class. Do they squabble over tactics and how the benefits are distributed and to whom withing the owning class? Sure they do but they're still unified on which class is going to get the goodies.
As for Fox News, I don't even have cable.
What I cannot possibly comprehend is why we aren't investing a lot more in natural gas. We have an abundant supply but poor distribution channels.
I live in CT and currently have oil for heat. My neighbor and I are bringing up the gas line about 100 feet so we can access it. It is going to cost us each about $9k to do it — that doesn't include the new equipment we will need — that is just the line cost. Despite that cost, it is worth it given the cost natural gas and I do not like being dependent on foreign oil for my heat.
Why we aren't putting stimulus money toward accessing a plentiful natural resource? Seems to me that while they have building roads, they could have been digging trenches first for access to natural gas.
Time for an energy policy in this country that isn't corrupt. It has been corrupt for as long as I can remember.
Drill the bill!