If ever there were a wake-up call about the need to move to a clean and balanced energy future, it would be the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident. The answer to what we must do is clear. Yes, we must reduce our dependence on the dirty energy sources that pollute our air and water, and yes, we should put a price on carbon-emitting fuels. Nothing less than our economy, our security and our environment are at stake.
Energy & Environment
This week a federal judge backed up what I, and many others, have been saying about the Obama Moratorium on deepwater drilling — it was a knee-jerk reaction not based on sound science. In his 22-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said that the Obama administration failed to provide adequate reasoning for the deepwater drilling moratorium. Feldman said the administration seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.
Tuesday, as the slow motion catastrophe caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout continued to worsen, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana blocked the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Obama's administration. The moratorium, instituted on May 27, had brought the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling to a standstill, and suspended drilling at 33 already existing exploratory wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil industry groups, led by Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., asked that the temporary ban on hazardous deepwater oil drilling be blocked in order to resume drilling in risky deepwater conditions.
Earlier this week U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans, La., issued an injunction that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The moratorium had halted drilling work on 33 exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf. The roughly 3,500 existing wells in the Gulf were not affected by the moratorium.
Over these last two months we have watched the unfolding disaster in the Gulf with horror. We have seen precious lives lost; hard-earned livelihoods hammered; treasured ways of life imperiled. But we have seen something else too — something that ought to be a lasting lesson from this catastrophe: we have seen a federal agency fall captive to the industry it is supposed to regulate.
Michele Bachmann is in an oily hole. And she’s still digging.
Despite repeated opportunities to apologize or back down from her misguided opposition to efforts to hold British Petroleum (BP) – and not taxpayers -- accountable for the costs of their oil spill, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to stand up for BP. It’s outrageous.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today. ...
Should BP be allowed to continue offshore drilling in the United States?
It's a straightforward question. Yet last week, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner said both BP and the federal government were responsible, and both should pay. He knew he really stepped in it - because he couldn't retreat from that statement fast enough.
The tragic Gulf oil spill has produced overreaction ("end offshore drilling"), demagoguery ("Obama's Katrina") and bad policy recommendations ("We must generate 20% of our electricity from windmills"). None of this helps clean up and move forward. If we want both clean energy and a high standard of living, here are 10 steps for thoughtful grown-ups:
The anticipation is that those
energy-generating, whirling arms would create a whooshing sound. And maybe they
do in some countries. But here, in America, they echo the almost
melodic taunt of a schoolyard victor -- Neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh:
You can’t get me.