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  •  True as far as it goes... (6+ / 0-)

    but you're leaving out the elephant in the room...the really, really big elephant...the United States, over the last half-century, has been built entirely around the automobile. We are dependent on cheap gasoline--alternatives don't deliver anywhere near the bang for the buck that fossil fuels do, even at double the price, which is politically unfeasible to say the least (see what the comments look like here when someone brings up the idea taxing gasoline into the $5.00/gal range). The real reason the disaster isn't changing attitudes is that Americans are more attached to their cars than they are to pelicans or shrimp or a sustainable environment. How we get it through their thick heads that "energy independence" through domestic drilling is a pipe dream (since we've already used of most of the oil that used to be here)? I have no idea.

    As for the narrative about the inherent dangers of oil drilling vs. the gross negligence and disregard for safety at BP...the problem is that the facts of BP's outrageous behavior are impossible to ignore. BP has got to be aggressively prosecuted or the administration will be sending the message that corporate wrongdoing is beyond the reach of the law....which is totally unacceptable.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 05:28:06 PM PDT

    •  Another big elephant in the room: (0+ / 0-)

      This administration's frank commitment to fossil fuels and the anything-but-transformational, market-based cap-and-trade approach to global warming.

      At heart, this is not only a messaging, but also a policy problem.  The Obama administration has, from the start, been pursuing the wrong set of policies on energy and climate change, both for improving our economy and the environment, and for politically taking advantage of the BP disaster.

      Obama's belief in the rule of law apparently takes the back seat to Obama's belief in his own ability to make the right call as executive. - Scott Horton

      by GreenSooner on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 11:31:35 PM PDT

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