“He is not going to continue the moratorium on drilling.”
That’s the word from Barack Obama’s top political advisor, David Axelrod, this morning. The President who promised change isn’t changing the policy of George W. Bush: We’ll be getting more offshore drilling, up and down the coastline of the United States.
The oil spill hit land for the first time last night, in the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area 80 miles from New Orleans. All the while, more oil rushes out from the ocean floor where BP and Transocean couldn’t keep their offshore drilling operation under control.
All the burning, scooping, and dispersing hasn’t been anything close to enough to stop this monster slick. Meanwhile, hurricane season is now just one month away, threatening to halt operations to stop the spill before they have a chance to be successful.
Nonetheless, President Obama won’t change his mind. He still supports Sarah Palin’s agenda of Drill Baby Drill.
What are we supposed to do? Put protective boons in front of every ocean beach in the USA? Is that what Obama meant by hope?
National Public Radio commented yesterday that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill “raises new questions about offshore drilling”, but the truth is that the questions about offshore drilling for oil are nothing new. They only seem new now because they have been silenced for so long, under a thick blanket of money from Big Oil to politicians in Washington D.C.