“You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.” Rahm Emanuel
Barry Obama is using the Gulf Coast BP oil spill to push his environmental plans to prevent America from drilling for oil: the Gulf Coast wetlands are doused in oil, animals are covered in crude, oil is drifting across the Gulf from Louisiana to Florida, destroying the fishing industry, beaches and tourism.
Obama used his June 15, 2010 Oval Office speech for one reason only–push alternative energy. He demanded alternate reserves be found and implemented, stating he will only look at substitutes “as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels,” further saying
…we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude” [in the Gulf]…We cannot consign our children to this future…the time to embrace a clean energy future is now…Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us…Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation…
In other words, Obama has no intentions of allowing drilling anywhere in, or off shore, the United States as long as he is president and can forcefully attempt cap and trade.
Obama will, however, continue spending 1 billion per day on foreign oil while hammering environmental agendas:
The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy, because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.
The speech was the leftist environmental political agenda: control how Americans fuel homes, cars, use water, banning chemicals, etc.
To push this plan, Obama utilized coastal devastation to pull the heartstrings:
[W]e have to recognize that despite our best efforts, oil has already caused damage to our coastline and its wildlife. And sadly, no matter how effective our response is, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done.
The community organizer never recognized the need for burning oil off the Gulf before if washed into wetlands. He never said yes to building barriers around coastal wetlands Gulf Coast governors begged for and Obama now declares he will install.
[M]ake no mistake. We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.
BP caused the disaster, but Obama’s speech was nothing more than environmental politics pushing for a green America Obama “Already…issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling,” because he wants drilling stopped, oil companies punished for their wealth, shareholders and investors penalized, and Americans disciplined for using oil.
The best excuse to push leftist environmental regulations is the BP spill.