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  •  unfortunately, much of the country has forgotten (1+ / 0-)
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    the Deepwater Horizon disaster, except for those who live on the Gulf Coast and other affected areas.

    I give it three months before this disaster passes out of the media spotlight and is forgotten by all except the victims. New disasters in other, unrelated areas will have undoubtedly sprung up, absorbing people's attention and capacity for outrage, and then it will be easier for the pro-pipeline crowd to achieve their agenda.

    Delay is a greater friend to the pro-fossil fuel forces than to environmentalists. They simply go into a holding pattern, wait until a more opportune moment when popular outcry has died down, then do the deed in secret and push it through as fast as possible before opposition can reassert itself.

    Does anyone even remember that Obama approved new Arctic drilling within a year of the Deepwater Horizon disaster? That accident, which was much larger than the current one, did very little to halt further development of fossil fuels, so I don't hold out a lot of hope for this one.

    If the government agrees to a "moratorium," it means only that they will put the decision on hold until people are distracted by something else and the issue becomes less of a political liability. Then they will move forward with all possible speed.

    Unfortunately, one can't assume that this government, which is supersaturated in fossil-fuel money, will act in good faith. They will act how big money tells them to act.

    Just because they find it politically convenient to sound like they're being reasonable, doesn't mean they are being reasonable. They have to be challenged at every possible turn.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:15:51 PM PDT

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