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  •  I wish I could share your optimism, Alex, (10+ / 0-)

    but Obama has a very distinct pattern for handling controversial issues. First, he makes a speech saying he is for a specific Progressive ideal; in this case, protecting the environment. Then he has someone inside his administration leak the bad news that the president is going to backtrack and do the opposite of what he promised.

    Then he develops a program that addresses part of the problem and sounds great in a speech,

    And then, he does what big business/big energy wants, and he implements a half-ass program that usually ends up making the problem worse.

    Look for this speech to be about reducing carbon pollution, while increasing alternate forms of energy...he just won't mention the drilling in the Arctic.

    From the Center for Biological Diversity:

    Obama Ignores Huge Dangers in Approving Arctic Drilling Permit for Shell

    Drilling Set to Begin Immediately Risks Massive Spills, Polar Bears, Walruses, Bowhead Whales

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Obama administration today gave Shell Oil the initial approval to begin controversial and dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska, despite the fact that a critical oil-spill containment vessel is still awaiting certification in Bellingham, Wash. Until now, the Arctic Ocean has largely been off limits to offshore drilling. Shell Oil is expected to begin the initial phases of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as it can get its drillship in place, in the heart of habitat critical to the survival of polar bears.

    “By opening the Arctic to offshore oil drilling, President Obama has made a monumental mistake that puts human life, wildlife and the environment in terrible danger. The harsh and frozen conditions of the Arctic make drilling risky, and an oil spill would be impossible to clean up,” said Rebecca Noblin, Alaska director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Scariest of all, the Obama administration is allowing Shell to go forward without even having the promised oil-spill containment equipment in place.”

    And if you think these little deals that he slides under the door don't make a difference, consider the recent heat wave in Alaska...temperatures breaking records by 20 degrees.

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