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  •  While I'd certainly prefer... (10+ / 0-)

    ...that offshore drilling become a thing of the past sooner rather than later, I doubt it'd be wise for the White House to reverse-pivot on the issue right now, regardless of the severity of the current spill. It'd be incredibly opportunistic.

    That said, it is premature to make a decision regarding all future offshore drilling in the wake of this catastrophic accident. It'd be rather like suspending the production of airplanes after the first fatal passenger air accident.

    •  6 Census workers died in car accidents last week (11+ / 0-)

      We should cancel the Census and outlaw cars... but we won't, because Obama already made a secret deal with BIG Census and BIG Car.

    •  Only this is not anything like the first (6+ / 0-)

      fatal passenger air accident, there are plenty of oil spills every year, and the opportunism was clear the moment he espoused the Boreal Narcissus' energy policies.

      If not now, when?

      A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

      by nippersdad on Mon May 03, 2010 at 07:54:38 PM PDT

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      •  There are quite a few fatal airline accidents... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...every year as well, and yet people keep getting on airplanes. Which, by the way, require fuel.

        For the record, I should state here that after I got past my initial negative visceral reaction to the announcement awhile back of the opening of new offshore drilling space, I saw it as a rather wise political move. After all, the oil industry already has leases on shit-tons of underwater drilling locations that they've never come close to drilling. Hell, they've barely even been explored.  Plus, it cut the "drill here" crowd off at the knees.

        •  Deciding that the risk of failure for yourself (4+ / 0-)
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          in flying is not quite the same thing as self regulation by a for profit with a responsibility to husband the common ecological resources of twenty or thirty nations, is it? Seems like there is a difference of scale and responsibility there.

          I would also take exception to the idea that acceptance of the drill here drill now concept in any way cuts off the rationales of its' fans. What does it do that is not effectively addressed by the idea that oil conglomerates already have tons of leases that they have yet to explore? This has just been another example of the fine art of pre-capitulation by corporatist Democrats.

          A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

          by nippersdad on Mon May 03, 2010 at 08:10:31 PM PDT

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          •  Agreed with regards to scale... (4+ / 0-)
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            ...and self regulation.

            I could continue this discussion, but your use of the lazy "corporatist" tag pretty much shuts things down. It seems to have become the latest in a long line of Daily Kos catchwords/phrases that render further discussion senseless.

            •  Perhaps it might not seem so senseless (3+ / 0-)
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              had you been listening to those who were willing to define it for you twenty years ago. It might not seem like a conversation ender had you ever taken the time to understand it. I think it is a good sign that the word has become common on places like DK. Maybe in a few years the concept will actually have an effect upon the voting habits of the electorate.

              One can always dream.

              A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

              by nippersdad on Mon May 03, 2010 at 08:31:46 PM PDT

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    •  That's one take, but (0+ / 0-)

      It'd be incredibly opportunistic.

      But there is an opportunity here to be taken, and given the historical nature this thing has already taken on, that could also be termed "leadership."

      At this moment, this should be a public-opinion driven, politician stampeding, battering ram driven into the sanctuary of the anti-Environment Corporados.

      The option is to look weak, or short-sighted, or with a vested interest. What's to hesitate about?

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Mon May 03, 2010 at 09:37:28 PM PDT

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