The Obama Flip-Flopping continues ....
This was reported by ABC News:
In June 2008, then-Sen. Obama told reporters in Jacksonville, Florida, "when I'm president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off Florida's coasts. That's how we can protect our coastline and still make the investments that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and bring down gas prices for good."
In July 2008, he said, of lifting moratoriums on offshore drilling, that "if there were real evidence that these steps would actually provide real, immediate relief at the pump and advance the long-term goal of energy independence, of course I'd be open to them. But so far there isn't."
Can you say political ploy? Smoke Screen? More "Hopey Changey" Politics?
Obama's new oil drilling plans do not lack for critics.
First of all drilling won't start for a long long while.
In many of these opened areas, drilling would begin only after geologic studies, environmental impact statements, court challenges and public lease sales are done to death in typical government ad nauseum fashion. That's going to take like forever. Much of the oil and gas may not even be recoverable at current prices and may be prohibitively expensive; so expect to see energy costs go up just the same.
Second of all it is pretty obvious that some sort of deal was struck in order to get Cap and Trade passed through Congress. They had to get the bribes in early and up front with Louisiana, Florida, Texas etc. etc., Congressional Representatives before Congress gets to vote on another huge taxation scheme. Obama is working to sway Republican votes this time, because how can they vote against what they were rallying around when Sarah Palin was leading the charge to "drill baby drill"? You see - it's all such a game. But House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is already balking:
“At the same time the White House makes today’s announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is plotting a new massive job-killer that the American people can’t afford: a cascade of new EPA regulations that will punish every American who dares to flip on a light switch, drive a car, or buy an American product. Americans simply don’t want this backdoor national energy tax that will drive up energy and manufacturing costs and destroy jobs in our states and local communities.”
Obama makes and announcement while the EPA quietly forges ahead with a whole bunch of new regulations. (without the blessing of the American people who will eventually pay for this)
How interesting that the media didn't cover that other shoe that was dropping.
But what is really hilarious is now Obama has his environmentalist buddies in the Sierra Club etc. all in an uproar.... or is it really feigned indignation? They must all know the deal is in the works for Cap and Trade.
Environmentalists will be just as "upset" as those insurance companies were over healthcare legislation; the same insurance companies who will get millions of new mandated customers. They are crying all the way to the bank on that one.
My question is, where is all this Green Energy Development the "Obamster" promised?
Where are all the windmills and hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels and green jobs we were supposed to get?
Guess it was just a lot of hot air.