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Fossil Fuels Are Not Forward, President Obama

Barack Obama has a new campaign commercial out. Perhaps you’ve seen it on TV. Its theme is “Forward”.

“Forward” sounds positive. It sounds hopeful. It seems to represent change, so that things tomorrow will be different from today.

natural gas and oil problemsThe odd thing about this Forward campaign advertisement for Barack Obama is that it celebrates fossil fuels, the energy technology of last century.

Obama brags that oil production in the U.S. is at an 8-year high. Obama forgets to remind us that that high oil production came at the cost of the people killed in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the largest oil spill in American history. President Obama is pushing forward riskier, deeper drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico now, and expanded offshore drilling in the Arctic and up and down the East Coast and West Coast, putting our shores in even more danger of environmental disaster.

Obama claps his hands for himself because natural gas production is now at an all time high. Obama doesn’t mention that this natural gas production is coming with the cost of contamination of groundwater in huge areas across the United States, a result of the risky fracking techniques that have been used to expand natural gas production.

Barack Obama also fails to explain what happened to the climate change legislation that he promised he would move forward with after being elected President in 2008. Obama had strong Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, but he failed to push the climate legislation forward. He just walked away from it, and let the country slide backward into Cold Earther denial propaganda paid for by polluting corporations.

On energy and the environment, Barack Obama isn’t looking forward. He’s just bringing us more of the same.

3 comments to Fossil Fuels Are Not Forward, President Obama

  • J

    Well, so much for green energy. Did he even reinstall the solar power panels to the white house?

    • No, J. He promised to put solar panels on the White House, and then, when the solar panels were donated, creating no cost to the federal government, Obama changed his mind and refused to have the panels installed.

  • Tom

    Oh man, this guy has been awful!
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/02/the-constitutional-crimes-of-barack-obama/
    “As we slog towards another vapid, largely meaningless exercise in pretend democracy with the selection of a new president and Congress this November, it is time to make it clear that the current president, elected four years ago by so many people with such inflated expectations four years ago (myself included, as I had hoped, vainly it turned out, that those who elected him would then press him to act in progressive ways), is not only a betrayer of those hopes, but is a serial violator of his oath of office. He is, in truth, a war criminal easily the equal of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and perhaps even of Bush’s regent, former Vice President Dick Cheney.”
    (it goes on to list the top crimes by this “Constitutional scholar”)

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