Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Say it Ain't So-bama!

You know those SNL sketches: Really?!? with Seth and Amy?

Well, I want to say, Really?!? Barack?

Today, President Obama announced that he's proposing the opening of great swaths of America's waters for oil exploration. News reports suggest this was a concession to Republicans, in hopes that they'll support a more comprehensive energy bill later on.

Haven't we realized by now that Republicans won't support something they don't believe in just because you once gave them a cookie? And many, many Republicans don't believe there's any reason why we should reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

The President said this is "... part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy."

That's like saying war will move us to peace, or eating pie will move us to being skinny.

Beyond the obvious damage this could do to our fragile oceans, to beautiful creatures like polar bears and orcas, and to the push for cleaner energy; this proposal doesn't make the energy industry happy either. They say it doesn't go far enough. So not only is this an environmental fail, it's a political fail as well.

We don't need more oil. We need more clean energy.


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thelifeofdesmondriley said...

Are you sure eating pie won't make me skinny? I just ate an It's-It, maybe that'll do the trick?

Catfish said...

Yes, It's-Its will make anyone skinny. Eat 5 or 6.