BP Will Pay, but the Larger Issue Remains ~ “The time to embrace a clean energy future is now!” Says President Obama

by Green Jobs Ready on June 16, 2010

President Obama spoke from the White House Oval Office last night for a total of 17 minutes, and every minute of that address illustrated what’s best and noblest about this President.

One of the things I like best about the President is that he acts and reacts and responds like a real person and not a politician. He accepts personal responsibility for the actions of the government instead of insulating himself behind layers of security and support staff and speechwriters; he speaks candidly of the “lack of political courage and candor” that shares culpability in our continued dependence on oil and fossil fuels; and he refuses to accept excuses and inaction now.

During much of his address, the President spoke in tones of outrage ~ such as when he discussed having approved a resolution to consider more deepwater drilling under the assurance that it was safe, that the technology to prevent and respond to such emergencies was in place…. and the fact that he had obviously been lied to ~ the proof of which was displayed on April 20th with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon.

The same, and even stronger, emotion showed through when he discussed the actions of the Minerals Management Service and the long-standing corruption therein, describing the agency as “Emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulations with hostility ~ a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves.”

No wonder he’s outraged.

But he already said it all much better than I can.

You go, Mr. President.

See you on the green ~

Rebecca

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