President Barack Obama has continued his morphing into George W. Bush this week with a speech today calling for expanded oil drilling — a departure from his promise to focus on renewable energy. Tell me who this sounds like: “Producing more oil in America can help lower oil prices, can help create jobs and can enhance our energy security.”
This of course follows his controversial decision to open up the pristine areas on our East Coast to offshore drilling — just before the BP disaster. Then his Administration was accused of misleading the public on the “miracle” claimed by people like Carol Browner in the disappearance of the oil. Now, the Obama Administration is being criticized by the Coast Guard for its poor response to the spill. The latter story has largely been ignored by the mainstream media. The Coast Guard called the response “muted” — which sounds like a description that went back and forth among Administration officials with a Thesaurus in hand. I can see it now: “is there another word for “failure” or “negligent”? Something not so negative or comprehensible? . . . Hey how about ‘muted’?!”
This follows earlier reports criticizing the Administration for this response, which were also largely ignored.
Imagine what we could do with the $1 billion that we are about to spend in Libya alone in the development of renewable energy sources. We just literally burned it on the deserts of Libya — an oil rich nation which will turn around and sell us the oil that we need in the absence of renewable energy.