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If there is one singular issue that the GOP has attack relentlessly on, it is that of offshore drilling. From the GOP staging their lights out 'sessions' as the Congress recessed, to McCain sticking the 'Dr. No' moniker on Obama, to millions of dollars in advertising, the GOP has made it clear that their energy plan rests on offshore drilling.  Even yesterday at the Dem convention, Pelosi was confronting GOP supporters chanting 'drill here, drill now'.

Given any Dem skill or media acumen, the GOP is about to have their offshore drilling parade rained on and blown about - by the exotically named chaps Gustav and Barack.  

The accuweather.com hurricane tracker shows Gustav making landfall sometime Tuesday, with the first effects being felt on Monday, the same day that the GOP convention opens.  Perhaps the day that McCain names his VP is the day that offshore oil rigs are being evacuated.

The religious of the Democratic party will no doubt remember when McCain was thwarted in his efforts to visit an offshore oil rig in July for a photo opp.  The reason then was again a hurricane.  It seems the heavens have lined up for a Democratic squall over the real dangers of offshore drilling.

IMHO, the Dems have to take the risk of incurring calls of 'playing politics with a disaster' to settle this issue once and for all in the minds of voters.  The graphic footage of the hurricanes is something that the truly undecideds will take note of, before the GOP ad and radio hammer leaves it's mark.  

To be sure, conditions will never be more favorable to make the case that alternatives are a more stable and secure supply of energy - with far less 'blowback' both natural and man-made.  If the Dems are able to demonstrate the instability and dangers of fossil fuels, and gain a few % of undecideds now, they will have taken the issue off the table and leave McCain looking for a pet economic issue.

In addressing the issue, DemocratS will sustain momentum as their convention dies down and the GOP winds start blowing.  Obama can apply the full part of his skills in lambasting the GOP and imprinting the thought in voters mind that his case is strengthened both by principled conviction and the practicality imposed by hurricanes.  

On the human themed side of things, will McCain  even have to consider leaving the convention to counter images of Barack helping with the evacuation and cleanup?  

Time to throwing McCain and GOP words back in their face at 90+ mph hurricane speeds.  Drilling here only invites disaster at home.

***UPDATE***
Some of the early comments seem to indicate a very nuanced approach to dealing with offshore drilling.  Nuance doesn't win the middle ground.  

A reminder, imagery is what is memorable for the vast majority of people not spending their time reading a political blog.  

"Putting more energy eggs in 1 basket, right offshore where the hurricanes hit" is something even the most casual observer can remember and understand.  Dems need 2 pictures side by side for a week:

  1.  Obama saying it's too dangerous and not reliable to go offshore
  1.  pictures of the damage caused by hurricanes  

Who would disagree with that logic?  Just as importantly, it's memorable.

As was brought up by a civilized NO poster by the name of Apelican, some people will take offense at trying to make a point - whether it's valid or not.  So what follows is a rebuttal to those who claim that linking offshore drilling and hurricanes is point scoring...

There's enough destruction to deal with in a hurricane without worrying what's in the water.  As New Orleans understands, it was as much what was in the water that caused damage as the water itself.  The water was a toxic soup, which was caused in large part by the industries that were sited in NO because of the petrochemical imports that are tied to the port. The water eventually went away, but what it left behind in NO was contaminated buildings.

Offshore drilling and a continued reliance on petrochemicals will magnify the effect of future damage caused by hurricanes - chemical contamination is far more difficult and expensive to deal with than wind and water damage.  As such, alternative energy will help secure our heartland and our coastlines, where the vast majority of our population lives and plays.  

Alternative energy is more than the cost of a gallon of gasoline, alternative energy goes right at the issues of hurricane damage and other coastline threats such as water quality and even global warming.

If this hurricane had to happen now, it's better that it allows us to see the true nature and danger of some political decisions - side by side as it may be.

Originally posted to BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:11 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They prayed for rain (8+ / 0-)

    Beware of what you ask for because you just might get it!

  •  Wind energy works well in hurricanes (1+ / 0-)
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    •  That's why you put the turbine under water (0+ / 0-)

      To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

      by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:16:30 PM PDT

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    •  Not unless we can get turbines that (0+ / 0-)

      can handle those wind speeds.  Or at least turbines that aren't damaged by those wind speeds.  Now if we CAN get turbines that at least aren't damaged by hurricane wind speeds, we'll power the entire eastern U.S. with the annual hurricane season.  (If the comment was snark, sorry for the serious answer.)

      •  I agree...fold back blades are needed (1+ / 0-)
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        bfitzinAR

        My comment on putting the turbine under water wasn't snarky...there are a lot of currents in the gulf (think gulf stream) which could power a turbine under water.  Water is 300 times more dense than air, hence the power of moving water is far greater than moving air.  It's also reliable and seasonally constant.

        To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

        by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:25:51 PM PDT

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        •  I know - there's been off and on (0+ / 0-)

          research on this for over 20 years, but it's never been funded well enough to have something marketable at this point.  We need to start with what we've got - wind turbines - get them deployed to start replacing coal plants while we work on the next step.  (And unfortunately, if we don't shut down those coal plants pronto, the likelihood of the Gulf Stream shutting down is very strong to unavoidable - and, no, that won't give us a new Ice Age.)

  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

    by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:16:00 PM PDT

  •  no to the offshore drilling stuff but YES (3+ / 0-)
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    varro, bfitzinAR, busrider

    to the netroots making a concerted effort to flood the media with reminders of WHERE Bush AND MCCAIN were when KATRINA STRUCK the Gulf Coast and if McCain tried to announce his VP PIck on his b;day, which is the anniversary of his 'let em eat cake" katrina moment...and Gustave becomes a full blown Hurriciane headed for New Orleans,  make the message McCain does it again

    OIL UBER ALLES says "MORE WARS" McCain

    by KnotIookin on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:16:38 PM PDT

  •  Dems should hammer the math, no matter how much (3+ / 0-)
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    Stranded Wind, bfitzinAR, busrider

    .... offshore oil drilling we would do we wouldn't make a dent in gasoline prices because the amount of oil we produce as a nation is so small compared to our domestic consumption.

    Sec of the Interior Kempthorne opened up the offshore leasing discussion because of the price spike in gasoline, to garner more campaign donations for Republicans.

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:17:00 PM PDT

  •  Right now it's making a beeline for (2+ / 0-)
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    the rubbles of Trent Lott's house. Oh noez!

    I snark. The models are all over the place. We'll know more by their opening gavel.

    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

    by ticket punch on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:19:07 PM PDT

  •  My best wishes for the Gulf this week.... (4+ / 0-)

    There is enough discomfort for people right now.

  •  evacuations have already started (0+ / 0-)

    The helicopters are buzzing around New Orleans - they're getting out ahead of what is certain to be a big, unpredictable storm.

  •  Seriously, fuck you (0+ / 0-)

    I live in New Orleans, and would really appreciate it if you would quit salivating over the political ramifications of our potential destruction.

    You're no better than a Republican who wishes for terror attacks.

    Writing about running photos side by side?  Already?  Just shut the fuck up.

    I have been on this site since 2003 and y'all have lost your goddamn minds.  Just shut up unless you are wishing us well or offering us a place to stay.

    •  You'd rather have oil spills to contend with too? (0+ / 0-)

      Don't be an idiot, I'm not salivating over your potential destruction.  

      I am concerned that if we allow drilling that the destruction will be that much more if the hurricanes bring oil and chemical spills along with the natural damage.

      As you live in NO, you understand that it was as much what was in the water that caused damage as the water itself.  The water was a toxic soup, which was caused in large part by the industries that were sited in NO because of the petrochemical imports that are tied to the port. The water goes away, but what it left behind was contaminated buildings.

      Offshore drilling and a continued reliance on petrochemicals will magnify the effect of future damage caused by hurricanes.  Alternative energy does far more to secure our coastlines, where the vast majority of our population lives and plays.

      As an aside, you've far too profane - but that inability to communicate civilly goes with your lack of consideration to all sides of the issue.

      I wish you would be as suspect of the GOP as you are of people who think that the GOP has not presented all sides of the issues.  It's nice to see the truth come back at people, especially when it will mean doing good.

      To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

      by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:05:09 PM PDT

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      •  dude... (0+ / 0-)

        If you were as panicked as I am, as this whole city is right now, you wouldn't be calling me an idiot.

        We're all concerned about drilling.  I'll use blockquotes for emphasis, just in case you think I'm being "uncivil."

        Now is not the time to discuss how this will play at conventions.  We are more concerned about whether our neighbors will drown in their homes.  We are more concerned about whether our levees will hold.  We are more concerned about whether our families, friends, and co-workers got out safely.

        Lack of consideration to all sides of the issue?  I am concerned for my city's safety in the face of a mammoth storm, first and always!!  Why the hell is that so difficult to understand?  Listen up:

        Quit using us as a prop!  Quit salivating over the photo-ops that will prove your political point!  At the moment, I don't care so much about your political point!

        What the hell has happened to this place??!?

        •  It's not 'just' a political point (0+ / 0-)

          I'm talking as much about reality as you are.  The fact of the matter is that people can evacuate until the water goes away or is pumped out, but when that water is a toxic soup it makes cleanup that much more impossible and expensive.

          The government should help you get out of the city and help you deal with the aftermath.  Part of doing that is ensuring that you only have to deal with wind and water damage, and minimizing the potential for chemical contamination.  More offshore drilling and petrochemical reliance increase the risks of chemical contamination.

          That being said, my apologies if it sounded crass.  I should have been more understanding of your situation.

          However, I do think that if this hurricane had to happen now, it's better that it allows us to see the true nature of some political decisions - side by side as it may be.

          To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

          by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:26:41 PM PDT

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    •  Don't pity yourself too much (0+ / 0-)

      You're not the only person to live through a natural disaster.  Our home was hit by a tornado in the midwest.  I don't get indignant and call it 'point scoring' every time someone talks about stronger thunderstorms being part of global warming.

      To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

      by BOknows on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:07:33 PM PDT

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  •  All hurricane action should be done... (0+ / 0-)

    ...by Internet goons like us, and by gently prompting the media to use all the Katrina footage they have in their vaults.

    It does not look good when the RNC is greeted by Gustav making landfall with a similar track and intensity to Katrina.  

    It brings up memories of Bush's greatest failure and the theme of government being used to reward political cronies instead of uniting people and resources to mitigate and recover from disasters.

    9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

    by varro on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:47:44 PM PDT

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