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BP & the politics of energy: in bar graphs


 

Politico reports that Obama’s pollster is making the case on the Hill that the BP spill has primed public opinion for a major energy-and-climate bill. Ben Smith has posted the stats and graphs pollster Joel Benenson is using to make the case.

Obama is expected to call for energy legislation in his Oval Office address on Tuesday night. Climate change provisions will still have an uphill battle in the Senate.

But the president sounded emboldened by the spill in an interview with Roger Simon, (a columnist who recently lost both feet, but not his sense of humour):

“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much.

Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying, this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”

There was some real irritation in his voice when he said: “And so — and this translates into very concrete terms — I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies, and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, Big Government over-regulation and wasteful spending.”


 
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BP & the politics of energy: in bar graphs

  1. "Never let a crisis … etc. etc. etc."

  2. It is classic how fast so many in the "Drill, baby, drill!" crowd started screaming to high heaven that Obama's not doing enough about all of the damned drilling.

    • Maybe we're thinking of the wrong "many", but it seems to me to "Drill, baby, drill" crowd are either silent or on Obama's case just about stopping this current leak and handling the clean-up. They're not the same ones pushing for the moratorium on offshore drilling.

  3. "During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records." Politico, May 5, 2010

    Interesting how Obama is biggest receiver of BP money over the past twenty years, his admin ok'd the well that is now leaking, but it is Bush's fault or msm focuses on 'hypocrisy' of Republicans.

    Maybe Obama would have some credibility if he wasn't a bought, and paid for, supporter of BP.

    • To quote the man himself:

      And so — and this translates into very concrete terms — I think it's fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies, and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, Big Government over-regulation and wasteful spending.

      • Sounds like Obama's arch-nemesis, Republican Stu Strawman, strikes again.

  4. Hey…he's still not as much of an opportunist as Jean Charest.

  5. Heads-up, anyone who hasn't yet read Simon's return column should follow Luisa's "sense of humor" link immediately.

  6. Why does Obama use that "these are some of the same people" line so much. It's always a lie and it's also getting tiresome.