In a move that will be remembered for its stunning level of cynical political calculation, the Obama administration has stated that it will restart oil exploration and drilling in the eastern Gulf, in the mid-Atlantic, and off of Alaska. For those of you who may have forgotten, Bu$hCo did exactly the same thing on the cusp of the 2004 election except back then it was California and the Pacific Northwest that were going to be “re-opened” to oil exploration, ending almost 30 years of California having the final say over drilling off its coasts.
Now, setting aside issues of whether or not the US needs more oil, and focusing solely on the politics of this policy move, consider the states most affected by Bush III’s decision: Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. All are states that Obama can probably afford to lose in the next election. In fact, with the exception of Florida, there’s little chance he’d carry any of them. So why not tell the citizens of these states to “go f*ck themselves”. It’s not like you’ll lose any electors over it, right?
Way to go “Third”! Yes we can…screw the Red States, further f*ck up the environment, retard America’s movement toward a more energy-efficient, more sustainable society, and scratch the Big Oil’s back…all at the same time!