Saturday, May 01, 2010

So Who Is For, "Drill Baby, Drill" Now?

Crooks and Liars have produced a video showing the Republican Party's obsession with "Drill baby, drill" during the last election, and their insistence that it was utterly safe.

Here's what Palin said in her debate with Joe Biden:

The chant is "drill, baby, drill." And that's what we hear all across this country in our rallies because people are so hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into. They know that even in my own energy-producing state we have billions of barrels of oil and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean, green natural gas. And we're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline which is North America's largest and most you expensive infrastructure project ever to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets.

Barack Obama and Senator O'Biden, you've said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis that we're in. You even called drilling -- safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore -- as raping the outer continental shelf.

There -- with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that.
They have gone awfully quiet recently. Bill Maher had the right idea about what they should now be doing.

I have spoken before about my puzzlement at Obama's decision to allow off shore drilling, although I note that even he is now backing away from that strategy.

But that reversal is not enough to stop Limbaugh calling this "Obama's Katrina".

I thought Haiti was Obama's Katrina according to Limbaugh? I guess if you wish for it hard enough you can see Obama's Katrina everywhere.

And Palin, the person who screamed "Drill baby, drill" during the last election campaign, has tweeted her compassion.

That should give great comfort to those facing environmental disaster.


Media Matters have produced a video showing how hard Fox News pushed for "drill baby, drill".


Some people are changing their tunes rather quickly. Hannity used to argue, "We don't need to explore, we need to drill, baby, drill." That's not the argument he is making here. Far from it. Now it's the environmentalists fault for opposing nuclear and other forms of energy.

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