Offshore drilling is just the beginning

So Obama wants to expand the offshore drilling of oil and natural gas.  Apparently the West Coast is immune for now.  Well, I am glad for that because I live in California, but I wouldn’t be too happy if I lived in Virginia or Florida.  Of course, none of us should be really happy about this.  But we shouldn’t be surprised.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said, “None of this should have been a surprise to anybody.”

No, I don’t think anyone would really call Obama an environmentalist.  We have heard very little about any environmental issues since the campaign simply because the focus has been on the economy and health care.  But whenever he did talk about the environment or energy, it was always in “pragmatic” terms.  Obama has always included offshore drilling and nuclear in his plans for a “comprehensive” energy plan.  So if you are surprised that the candidate for change is trying to expand offshore drilling, then you simply haven’t been paying attention.

In addition, there is talk (denied by the White House) that this is a move that is meant to try to win over the Republicans.  The idea being that Obama is trying to show that he is going to give a little to them and they will help him pass the climate change bill.  Really?  I doubt it.  I don’t think the Republicans care how much he gives them, they are not going to help pass any kind of climate change legislation.  Some of them still deny that it even exists, why would they want to pass a bill that helps a problem they don’t even think is a problem.  And of course, it would be something Obama and the rest of the Democrats want, so again that is not something that the Republicans want anything to do with.  Just look at health care and how helpful they were there.  They tried every trick in the book to stop that from getting passed. They are not in power so they are the Party of No.  Plain and simple.  The Democrats want to do something, anything, and the Republicans want to stop it at all costs.

I honestly think that Obama and the Democrats should just try to ram as much as they can through before they lose a bunch of seats in the upcoming election because the Republicans are just going to try to stop everything that the Democrats try to do anyway.  And if they want to filibuster, make them actually filibuster instead of just threatening to do it.  But of course, this is not going to happen.  The Democrats will hem and haw about what they can and can’t do.  And they will call for bipartisanship and they will try to make compromises with the Republicans.  And any bill on any issue, whether it is climate change or financial regulation or anything else, will be watered down and the Republicans will still vote against it.  It is so irritating to see this process play out over and over again.  But that’s what we get for thinking that the Democrats are on our side.  They are not even on their own side.

Most of the Democrats are just like the Republicans, not because they are conservative or even moderate but because they know where the money comes from.  They are beholden to the paymasters.  They don’t even have positions of their own, they just take the lead of those that keep them in office.  And of course, regardless of what the rhetoric is, this is the real reason why the legislation gets watered down, no matter what the issue is.

Again, just look at health care.  The rhetoric is that they want to make sure that everyone has insurance.  That and bipartisanship.  But the bill is really a giveaway to the health care industry.  And is there a public option that would provide any kind of cost control in the form of competition?  Of course not.  The Republicans wouldn’t have it and the health care industry certainly wouldn’t stand for that.  And so it goes.

So regardless of what the rhetoric will be around the climate change legislation, you can be rest assured that the oil and gas industries will get plenty when all is said and done.  Offshore drilling is just the beginning.

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