Say what you will about the Obama administration in these early days, it certainly is nice to once again have a friend in the Oval Office.
From suing California over power-plant emission’s rules; to ordering FERC to withhold critical data that would have helped California recoup billions stolen by energy-traders who gamed our electricity system; to reversing 30 years of stricter emission standards, Bu$hCo made it a personal mission to f*ck this state. And why? Because our 55 electoral votes were never in play. No amount of campaigning was going to swing a state, that hasn’t voted Republican since Bush’s father ran against Michael Dukakas, to the Republican column.
Hell, even as he was leaving office, Bush felt it necessary to deliver one final “F*CK YOU!” in the form of a rule that would have opened 10’s of thousands of square miles of California coast to offshore oil drilling. Never mind that Californians have been of one mind on this issue for decades. Never mind that the Obama administration would likely reverse the order. Never mind that the amount of oil we’re talking about is a proverbial ‘drop in the barrel’ of our energy dependence. That’s not relevant for a President that didn’t have a problem with turning the residents of his most populous state, a state with an economy bigger than most nations, into his personal nemesis.