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Oil Ruins More Than Reputations

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Posted on June 15 2010 9:25 pm
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The dolphins that joined us for lunch yesterday

Watching Obama’s address on the oil spill tonight was like watching a professor of humanities give a lecture on U.S. foreign policy. Many of us have been there; you are in a college class (that you obviously pay for) and expect a certain result. Instead, you are treated to a political lecture about how we don’t “see the big picture.”

This is exactly what President Obama did when he addressed the nation about the BP oil disaster. When he needed to be telling us how the spill will get stopped and cleaned up “quickly and effectively,” as he likes to say, he was lecturing us on why we need to focus on new energy. Never mind the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, I am currently in southwest Florida where the vast majority of people are terrified about the impending disaster that the oil may cause to the beautiful environment here. I’ve spent the last few days fishing for Tarpon, while enjoying the pelicans that fly over, the dolphins that swim up to the boat and beg for treats like puppies, as well as the slow drifting sea turtles that dunk their heads as soon as spotted.

There is a lot more at stake then figuring out why the BP rig blew up or making sure “the right people” are held accountable. The truth is none of that matters. The spill must be taken care of. This is the ONLY priority. Instead, we are given a professor’s lecture on clean energy. My hope (not holding my breath) is that Obama will soon “see the big picture” and realize that there is much more on the line than the reputation of a corporation or U.S. presidency.

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