Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dishonest Bastard Lifts Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Early, As Expected

This Sierra Club document just crossed my inbox and crossed me as well:

Obama to Lift Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
Sierra Club Calls for End to Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C. – Today [Oct. 12, 2010], the Obama administration announced plans to lift a ban on deepwater drilling that was put in place following the BP oil disaster in the Gulf in April. The moratorium was scheduled to end on November 30, 2010.

Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune
Offshore drilling is an inherently dangerous business. It’s a relief to see the administration announce new, long overdue safety regulations prior to lifting the drilling ban. But these regulations still don’t bring the risk to an acceptable level. The only way to make sure we don’t see another drilling disaster is to end our dependence on oil. Rather than putting coastal communities in the Gulf, the Atlantic, and Alaska at risk for more oil spills, we should be expanding wind, solar, and efficiency measures and creating a 21st century transportation system.

Our leaders should focus on investments that will create clean energy jobs in oil-producing regions like the Gulf Coast. 


Obama not only made very little if any effort toward establishing a permanent ban on offshore drilling... a business whose hazards are by now well-known to everyone, at least everyone on the Gulf Coast... but could not even keep the temporary ban in place as long as it was scheduled. The bastard was just messing his pants to fulfill whatever secret agreement he has with whichever of the major oil companies to continue business as usual even if it kills the entire U.S. coastline for the next hundred years. Something is wrong with this picture. And it is Obama in particular who is committing a significant portion of this particular wrong. Let's all give him holy hell about it (as if that's going to make any difference).


  1. Very disappointing. He could have at least waited for the election to pass by. Another slap in the face for the base.

  2. Fallenmonk, Obama obviously no longer gives a good damn about the base, or whether his actions ruin citizens' lives. I've given up all hope that he will redeem himself.

    On a related topic, I'm coming around to your point of view on this election... not about 2012, but about this election. But I wish I had better choices available on my ballot.



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