Neil King Jr. And Keith Johnson of The Wall Street Journal:
Obama Decried, Then Used, Some Bush Drilling Policies
Criticizing Bush during his presidential campaign, then co-opting his shitty policies and making them all his own, then blaming Bush when shit goes wrong is par for the course with Obama. What is the deal this time?
Despite its pro-environment pledges, the Obama administration urged the court to revisit the decision [to halt deep water drilling because of scientific uncertainty of its safety]. Politically, it needed to push ahead with conventional oil production while it expanded support for renewable energy.
Another reason: money. In its arguments to the court, the government said that the loss of royalties on the oil, estimated at almost $10 billion, “may have significant financial consequences for the federal government.”
So as long as it’s only those eeeeeeeeeeeeeevil corporations that lose money, especially the extra evil oil companies, it’s no-holds-barred pro-environment this, and renewable energy that. But as soon as the government is threatened with big losses, (how else are they to finance their big government agenda?) Obama picks up the flag and essentially strong-arms the court in to “reconsidering” it’s previous decision to halt deep water drilling. Way to be intellectually and politically honest there, buddy. Once again, this oil spill is starting to smell more and more like government incompetence and less like sheer corporate greed.
2010-07-05 » madlibertarianguy