Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A SHORT HONEYMOON - NOW BACK TO BUSINESS

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President Obama got to bask for a while in the glory of passing the health care bill and his standing in the polls received a welcome recharge but the realities of a complicated world seem to be returning quickly to business-as-usual.

In today’s NY Times, Tom Friedman decries that our Afghanistan policy is being rewarded by the thoroughly corrupt President Karzai proffering an invitation to Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to come to Kabul.

And the top story is that, in an early move in the campaign to pass an "enlightened" energy bill, the Administration is proposing to open for the first time vast coastal areas to off-shore oil drilling. The announcement notes that Alaska's ecologically sensitive Bristol Bay will remain off-limits to drilling. Dave Roberts of GRIST tweet-quips: "Glad other parts of the ocean aren't environmentally sensitive!"

[here's a good UPDATE from treehugger]

and... well... does anyone remember this...



Oil, whether foreign or domestic, is not renewable. It's good to recall that candidate Obama promised us change.

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