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Seriously, only in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of U.S. national politics would a fossil fuel disaster make it less likely that we would get a bill designed to wean us from fossil fuels!~emphasis mine~
We watch the unfolding of a historically catastrophic event. The explosion that rocked and sunk the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana is transforming from a horrific disaster at the outset to something much more toxic and deeply profound. The oil quickly spreading across the waters into the conscience of the American people is a wake up call. The metaphors reaching deep into our psyche is clear and will have ramifications for a long time. The metastasizing spill is slowly beginning to kill.
This is a moment in history. A truly substantial catastrophic environmental disaster is unfolding in one of the most fragile coastal regions in the United States. There is no stopping the oil as it gushes from the embedded rock below the surface of the ocean. There is no stopping the narrative that is beginning to unfold.
Bottom line: This bill has no chance to pass unless President Obama gets behind it with all his power, mobilizes the public and rounds up the votes. He has to lead from the front, not the rear. Responding to this oil spill could well become the most important leadership test of the Obama presidency.~emphasis mine~
Friedman, NY Times
Over at Climate Progress Joe Romm had a post up yesterday titled:
Is Obama blowing his best chance to shift the debate from the dirty, unsafe energy of the 19th century to the clean, safe energy of the 21st century?
In it he poses a perfectly obvious question.
If you can’t explain to the public now that there are hidden costs of our addiction to fossil fuels, that fossil fuels are injurious to our health, the environment and national security, when can you? ~emphasis mine~
The President has time to act. Congress has time to act. But the time is now. We can no longer wait for action to be taken to support the environment. We can no longer rely on sources of energy that are toxic to our biosphere, to our planet, to our home. The time to act is now and it is becoming increasingly clear.
As Andrew Sullivan even states at the Daily Dish:
If the Democrats do not use this disaster to advance the energy bill ASAP, they may miss a critical moment to escape the oil-addiction even George W. Bush acknowledged in his final years.
Rachel Maddow succinctly states what is needed in the video below…
“Somebody’s got to stand up against those companies on behalf of the public, the land, the people, the country”
This is a time for leadership. A time for bold and decisive action to support the environment, green jobs, and a clean energy future. The time to act is now. We have reached a moment of crisis. The entire world is watching to see what we do now. How we respond. There is no clearer moment when the ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’ is needed. Move us toward a green economy and away from our deadly addiction to coal and oil. Mr. President, Congress, support the people, the land, the country, and not the corporate masters who are plundering our heritage.
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Cposted at Orange