Monday, June 14, 2010
BUT, as soon as the inevitable happens, THEN they complain loud and large that "the President is doing enough to make things right."
There is a special debt owed by the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd and yet, we're all going to have to pay that debt.
Having said that, I am not of the crowd that is demanding that Obama "do something." I'm not of the crowd that says that I want to see Obama "get mad" and kick ass at BP. There certainly is a time for anger and for action, but that time was long ago.
Yes, yes, we should be doing all we can do to responsibly deal with this leak. BUT, that does not mean we should be just doing anything for the sake of doing something. I've heard some people criticizing Obama for not burning more oil off, for not using more toxic dispersant to spread out the oil, for not more hurriedly building sand berms, for instance.
Each of these are untested "solutions" to this problem. It is irresponsible to drill for oil offshore and it would be adding irresponsibility to irresponsibility to just throw ANY old solution at it, unknown and untested.
The time for working out solutions was BEFORE we started drilling offshore, not after the fact. The time for anger was when we started (well before THIS president) letting oil companies drill offshore in our fragile environment.
What I want to hear from Obama is that this offshore drilling is suspended. That mountaintop removal permits are suspended. That dangerous and untested "solutions" to our energy problems are not allowed without due diligence.
Mostly, I'm angry at myself. At all of us.
It is our lust for cheap fossil fuels made easy for us that has allowed oil and coal companies get rich and be able to influence policy wrongly, that has placed pressure on our leaders to do just what Obama and Bush before him and Clinton before him and Reaganbush before him have done and ease regulations instead of increase oversight reasonably.
We can "generate" more energy than we can find offshore by simply living more responsibly. Drive less. Quit buying plastic stuff. Consume less. Turn down the AC and heat. Dress appropriately for the season. I believe that our largest source of energy is through simple conservation. AND, it has the benefit of not potentially (eventually, inevitably) harming/ruining our oceans and air and millions of lives.
So, the action that I most want to see our president and leaders begin doing is stop caving in to the demand for cheap energy. Coal and oil and nuclear (God forbid) have REAL costs that we've been covering up for too long. I don't want to see Obama get angry, necessarily. I want to hear him speak hard truths and call for us to begin live more responsibly.
That's what I'm wanting to hear.
That's what we need to be clamoring for.