I’ve been looking all over the web to see if Sarah “Drill Baby Drill” Palin has mentioned the catastrophic crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but I haven’t been able to find anything. Word is, the oil, which is pouring into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons a day, will reach the Louisiana coast by tomorrow. That stretch of coast, it’s worth noting, contains 40% of our country’s wetlands, and is home to innumerable species… One would hope that between this spill, and the recent mining disasters, that people might begin to comprehend the fact that coal and oil come at a cost, both environmental and societal. We need to do better as a nation, and Obama should take the lead here by reneging on the promise to open up more of the nation’s coastal areas to off-shore drilling. Furthermore, he should demand that already existing rigs be retrofitted with remote shut-off valves. It might be nice if he insisted that BP pay for the clean up, instead of us U.S. taxpayers.
Oh, and one wonders if Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana, who so hates “big government,” will turn away federal assistance.