President Obama around March 30, barely a month ago, via this blog:
So today we’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration – but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources. Under the leadership of Secretary Salazar, we’ll employ new technologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration. We’ll protect areas vital to tourism, the environment, and our national security. And we’ll be guided not by political ideology, but by scientific evidence.
That's why my administration will consider potential new areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic. That’s why we’ll continue to support development of leased areas off the North Slope of Alaska, while protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
Me, in the same post:
Okay, so look: I'm not a scientist. But you don't need to be one to figure out what drilling off the coast of Florida means (either coast, but my particular coast is on the Gulf side): ecological disaster, and potential catastrophe if when there's a hurricane.
Remember, this isn't about politics.
President Barack Obama on Friday, in a largely symbolic gesture, promised that no new offshore oil drilling leases will be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill threatening the Gulf Coast.
Breaking this evening:
Officials say an oil drilling rig on its way to a scrap yard has overturned in Louisiana.
No injuries have been reported. The overturned rig is unrelated to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens the coast's fragile ecosystem.
The Coast Guard said Friday that the rig, called a mobile inland drilling unit, overturned about 80 miles west-southwest of New Orleans.
It can carry about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but Coast Guard officials did not know how much fuel was on board. Coast Guard investigators say no fuel leaks have been found.
...it's worth living here -- neighbors with paradise -- in order to try and fix it.
Some neighbors we are.
Do I really need to link to the pictures of the burning rig? The images of the dead and dying birds, birds covered in oil, dead or dying fish, the ruined beaches? The picture of the goddam water on fire? No internet genius has figured out how to link to smells, but Duncan and I both smelled the faint whiff of burning oil (akin to maybe paint or something like that).
You know what? Forget it. Some dumbass wants to run for office and says "drill here, drill now," or "drill, baby, drill," you can sign me up to be the first one to work on the campaign of whoever is running against him.
The president is handling this the right way. Now he just needs to change his mind.
It's finally Friday.