Drill, Baby! Maybe Not…
I’m sure Team Obama is trying to triangulate this new energy policy but conservatives don’t trust him and the kook left is fuming. Even the vasty middle is done with him, according to recent polls. It is interesting that Obama is willing to throw environmentalists under the bus for a little political capital.
July 2008, “When I’m president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off Florida’s coasts. That’s how we can protect our coastline and still make the investments that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and bring down gas prices for good.” – ABC News
“In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling, President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia’s shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.
Obama’s plan offers few concessions to environmentalists, who have been strident in their opposition to more oil platforms off the nation’s shores. Hinted at for months, the plan modifies a ban that for more than 20 years has limited drilling along coastal areas other than the Gulf of Mexico.” – Fox News
Given that almost 17% of the country is struggling trying to make ends meet with unemployment at record highs, this counts for a step in the right direction towards energy independence. Hopefully, it will ease summer gas prices. But never trust a Socialist, especially this one.
Update: Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) says the proposal is smoke and mirrors. I think he’s right.