• http://glueandglitter.com Becky

    Amen to moving beyond left vs. right. Nothing gets accomplished that way, and we need to get some things accomplished!

  • http://sustainablog.org Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

    While I’m never crazy about new drilling (grew up in Southern Louisiana, so I know well what offshore drilling looks like), it isn’t a surprise… Obama has discussed this for years. I’ve got to admit: I think it’s a brilliant move politically in both the near and long term: take away a point of criticism from the opposition (or at least mute it somewhat), and possibly even demonstrate that “drill, baby, drill” just isn’t a viable strategy for meeting long-term energy needs. No doubt there will be people this summer (and years afterward) that wonder why gas prices are going up now that new drilling’s been approved… the administration can now say “Hey… we’ve said all along that will take years to implement, and won’t have a huge economic effect… maybe its time to start taking alternatives to oil seriously…”

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