Author Michael Kinsley once observed that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” The Republican Leader, Mr. Boehner, proved this point the other day when he was asked point blank whether he agrees with the Chamber of Commerce that the government should pitch in to pay for BP’s oil spill.
Energy & Environment
The horrific crisis and tragedy in the Gulf must be a wake-up call to America that we must break our addiction to fossil fuel and move with all deliberate haste to a renewable energy future or America simply will have no future. Energy independence is an economic necessity. We can create an entire economy based on green jobs. It's not only an environmental necessity, look at the crisis that we have in the Gulf, with the loss of life, and the destruction of an ecosystem that will take a lifetime to fix. It's a national security imperative. We have to break from our reliance on the Saudis, Venezuelans and the B.P.'s of the world and harness the sun, wind, geothermal, biomass. The state of Nevada can become the epicenter of renewable energy. We just need the will to do it. I yield back and ask my colleagues to please join me in a renewable energy future for this great country.
Last night, President Obama spoke eloquently about the challenges facing our country from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our thoughts and prayers, as an industry and as a nation, have been with our workers and their neighbors along the coast. But our focus has been to help BP and the government in their efforts to stop the spill, to clean up the oil, and--once the causes of the spill are known--prevent it from ever happening again.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) serves as vice chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Below is his reaction following the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing with oil executives:
The hearing brought the chief executive officers of ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Shell and BP to examine the issues of offshore drilling and plans for responding to spills.
While some may suggest that my home state of North Carolina is free from harm, the fact is that our shores may very suffer from this disaster. North Carolinians, like all Americans, are not only angry but also deeply concerned that our precious and irreplaceable coastal areas could be damaged.
Madam President, I thank the Senator from Florida for his comments. All of us are deeply concerned about his state, the coast, and those others on the gulf coast. I know he's working hard to see that the federal government makes the appropriate response. Madam President, tonight the President of the United States speaks to the nation from the oval office about the oil spill. The oil spill is in its 57th day.
I won’t presume to tell the President what he should say or do. Faced with the enormous challenges that have come to bear I doubt many of us would willing take his place. What I can do is offer a few ideas about what we can do.