Environmental Left Mute on Obama’s “Katrina Moment”
With apologies to Bob Dole, where’s the outrage over President Barack Obama’s mishandling of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?
If reports are true that the spill could be worse than the Exxon Valdez disaster, why on earth is the Sierra Club confining its commentary to calling on President Barack Obama to “engage every resource available to address the immediate cleanup and recovery needs of Gulf Coast residents, businesses, wildlife, and marine life.”
The very next sentence then demands a commitment to “end offshore oil drilling.” So we’ve got vague concern about the spill followed by concrete prohibitions on an entire field of energy development.
At least the Sierra Club knows its priorities.
This, amid reporting form the New York Times that 10 days after 210,000 gallons of oil a day began flooding the Gulf, the Obama White House is just now starting to take a leadership role in managing the situation. Looking at its website, apparently PETA can’t be bothered even to feign outrage over a supposedly Environmentalist President’s failure to spring into action on behalf of higher life forms like river otters and nesting pelicans.
How telling that for an issue that really is an emergency in need of comprehensive federal intervention, the Left can’t seem to wrest its attention away from comparatively academic discussions about cap-and-trade, and reasonably suspicious immigrants.
The end of George Bush’s presidency began when his advisors misread the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the national consciousness. Now, it looks like Obama is getting another pass from allies whilst he reprises his role as Ditherer-in-Chief.