Thursday, April 29, 2010

"National Significance" . . . .

So how's that "Drill Baby! Drill!" thingey working out for ya?

(Reuters) - A huge oil spill will hit the southern coast on Friday, the Coast Guard said on Thursday, and the military offered to help BP Plc contain the slick that threatens four states.

The spill was "of national significance," Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told a news conference, adding the government will push BP to conduct the strongest possible effort to clean it up.

The state of Louisiana declared a state of emergency due to the accident, which the Coast Guard said late on Wednesday was spilling five times more oil than previously estimated.

I can think of something else that should be an issue of "national significance." Weaning this country off of oil and beginning a serious, concerted effort to formulate and implement a national energy strategy that focuses on renewable energy sources.

I'm not expecting our cowardly political leaders to do much about it though - at least not as long as oil, gas and coal industry cash continues to be pumped into their bloated campaign war chests and the revolving door of politicians becoming lobbyists for those same industries continues to spin unabated.


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