In a previous post, I touched on the notion that President Obama should be engaging in “more talk…less action.” Let me briefly expand on that idea.
America is addicted to foreign oil. We’re excessively dependent on companies overseas. If the BP spill isn’t an indication that offshore activity is hazardous and risky, I don’t know what is.
It’s interesting to pin the Obama administration’s handling of this crisis up against the Bush administration’s handling of Katrina. In contrast to the handling of Katrina, response time to the spill has been fast, methodical, and cost-efficient. But Obama should learn from Bush’s handling that he needs to take action to prevent this from happening again.
There’s an old saying, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Once the Obama administration has cleaned up the mess and dealt with the immediate aftermath of this situation, it needs to use this as a turning point for drilling policy to end offshore drilling and dependence on foreign oil. While this is, indeed, a tragedy, it is important to take advantage of this opportunity. So far, Obama has stayed lukewarm. He said, on April 20, that he “continue(s) to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.”
Mr. President, it’s time to face the facts, fulfill campaign promises, and do what is morally and fiscally right–not what will gain Republican support.