In Washington, environmental disasters come with a silver lining. They have the power to change the legislative dynamic almost overnight.
The appropriately named Green laments however that the BP spill hasn't stampeded Congress into passing Cap and Trade overnight. Even The One who promised to heal the planet and lower the seas has betrayed the cause:
The president's own response was the most feckless. "Let me be clear,'' President Obama intoned in a speech last week. "I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.'' Obama ... seems curiously reluctant to point out the obvious: The environmental dangers of over-reliance on fossil fuels.
I ought to be cheered by the idea of President Obama standing up to environmental extremists, but does anyone really believe that Obama is going to make good on his State of the Union support for nuclear power and offshore drilling?
I wish the Globe had hired someone from our home planet. On the one I live on, fossil fuels provide 83% of the country's energy. Our energy needs are increasing and we have ample domestic supplies of oil, natural gas and coal. The real fecklessness is ignoring this reality.