Saturday, May 1, 2010

Expanding Offshore Drilling. What Could Go Wrong?


It's hard to imagine a place that needs a cleansing bath of crude oil, seawater, and dead wildlife more than the gulf coast around New Orleans, and President Chickenshit is sensitive to the nuance:
President Barack Obama said no new offshore drilling leases will be issued until a “thorough review” of the BP Plc oil-well spill in the Gulf of Mexico determines whether more safety systems are needed.

Obama ... directed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to report in 30 days on whether more steps are needed to prevent another leak like the one that began with an April 20 explosion and fire on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast.

“We’re going to make sure that any leases going forward have those safeguards,” Obama said at the White House yesterday.
It's not clear if this is sloppy reporting or accurate reporting of sloppy policymaking, but it sounds as though Salazar is going to determine whether new safeguards are necessary while Obama is assuring us the new safeguards will be applied.

Whichever is the case, it sounds like a solid point from which to start granting concessions in hopes of winning the support of all those moderates in the GOP Senate caucus.

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