Thursday, April 1, 2010

Disappointment with President Obama

While offshore drilling certainly is an effective method to pander to Republicans in order to stir support for climate change legislation, if what President Obama wanted, as he claimed in his speech, was to "reduce dependence on foreign oil", then instead of signing an executive order allowing off-shore drilling, instead he should sign an executive order mandating a 5 mpg increase requirement for all vehicles, effective Jan 1. 2011.

That would reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil by billions of barrels more than we will ever mine out of the oceans.

In any case, I am not too disappointed. I know how politics works. You pander, then you succeed. Pander more, succeed more. People can call Obama a hypocrite for this, but off-shore drilling doesn't pollute much, and actually passing climate change legislation would more than offset the loss of environment due to drilling in the Gulf.


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6 comments:

Benjamin Dueholm said...

I agree. It just seems like a not-very-clever pander. If the president offered it as part of a comprehensive energy/climate bill, I could see the logic. But just giving it away upfront does not strike me as a brilliant bargaining strategy.

The Abstracted Engineer said...

I bet when Sarah Palin read the news her head popped off.

Benjamin Dueholm said...

I wish I had cable. I bet it's like watching Soren try to get a piece of Scotch tape off his sock

Kansas Kerry said...

One can only hope it did.

Also, the LL Cool J v. Sarah Palin Fox show fight is Hi-larious.

The Sullivan's said...

Obama seems to fight some things that he should not and gives up on things that could give him leverage. I think either he has misrepresented himself as someone who is very knowledgeable or he made some bad choices on his advisors, which pretty much ends up at the same point.

I agree about the LL Vs Palin fight. I don't think that anyone who was eaten by a shark can really have a fledgling career!

Brian Knapp said...

Yeah, I am on the fence as well. Disappointed...eh...maybe? I understand WHY...sort of...

Like you said, we'll just chalk this one up to the ugly necessity that is politics.

Why can't you just develop a super cheap renewable energy, Alex, and spare us this discomfort?!