|Oil plumes, carbon footprints—just give us your money|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Wednesday, 16 June 2010 13:43|
Obama finally gave a formal address about the BP oil spill last night. Luckily, he managed to avoid the "so I know who's ass to kick" comment this time.
That's the only good thing I have to say about that speech.
Obama proceeded to present no new information on the oil spill before stating he's looking for a bill, any bill, to address climate change. He did this without ever mentioning Global Warming. This transition makes no sense. Are we supposed to equate 35,000 barrels of oil spilling into the ocean a day with temperature readings from around the globe? I highly doubt government subsidies for wind farms will clean up the Gulf.
Obama continued not presenting concrete solutions to the oil spill, and instead addressed concerns about the cost of cap-and-trade saying:
Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And there are some who believe that we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy -– because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.
Wrong. Any climate bill proposed thus far is about carbon emissions, not regulations of off-shore drilling, and associating this crisis with Global Warming is misleading to say the least. Obama should be honest and transparent in his presentation of any climate bill, especially if he's in such a hurry to send the bill to American households.
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