Well now, it would seem Obama has had an epiphany. Where once he derided Senator John McCain’s plan to open up off-shore areas for drilling during the campaign he’s now embraced the Republicans mantra of “Drill baby, Drill!”
Or not, nothing is at it seems with this administration.
Today, the President gives a speech on energy issues, focusing on expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, which has broad backing as one way to boost domestic energy production.
This is all part of an effort by the White House to stir more support for the work of three Senators, John Kerry (D-MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who have been trying to put together what might best be described as a “grand compromise” on energy issues.
The reason that a different legislative plan of action was needed on energy was because the original drive for a Cap and Trade bill simply isn’t going anywhere in the Senate.
If President Obama is going to get an energy bill through the Congress, then it will have to be something that allows for more offshore energy exploration, more nuclear energy initiatives, and also some efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions that produce greenhouse gases.
You could call it Cap and Trade Lite, framed as an energy bill.
As a reminder, The House of Representatives [barely] passed a comprehensive climate change bill last year that included a cap-and-trade system.
The bill has generally thought to be dead in the Senate. In fact one of Obama’s cabinet administers seems to indicate today the entire bill is dead.
“I think the term ‘cap and trade’ is not in the lexicon anymore,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this morning on CNBC.
To which I say BULLSHIT!.
It was dead before, it was even deader when Scott Brown took away the Dems 60 seat majority in the Senate.
But it’s a “brave new world” now. A new world that saw the health care bill pass via shenanigans not seen outside the crooked games run by a traveling carnival.
Pure and simple it is part of a strategy to get climate legislation through Congress nothing more, nothing less.
This announcement follows obama’s plan to offer $50 billion in loan guarantees to help build eight new nuclear power plants.
What he and the Obama-Bots fail to say is both off-shore drilling and any and all nuclear plant construction will be bogged down by hundreds of “environmental studies, and in dozens of courts for many years to come.
“With one fell swoop, Obama deprives Republicans of the major talking point they’d use to object to more expansive government-based climate remediation and energy prospecting policy,” writes CBS Chief Political Consultant, the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder.
I would disagree with Ambinder’s point. The opponents of any type of Cap and Trade, or what apparently now is Cap and Trade Lite need to center on all the phony science.
Hell, NASA had taken some serious lumps over cooking it’s books on climate change, now we find out they admit their crap science is worse than that of University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.
Both their “studies” were crap-on-a-stick and NASA cops to theirs being worse.
Not a good thing for them, but a boon to those that oppose Obama’s climate agenda if only they center the argument on the phony science behind it.