Apr 13, 2010

Obama’s oceanic onslaught unveiled

by Tim Mattingly

In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama declared war on fish.

“Today we are announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration,” Obama said in his speech on March 31.

Prior to Obama’s announcement, the United States was already engaged in a war the White House has dubbed the “Overseas Contingency Plan.” Going under the sea was simply the next logical step. Obama’s tatical oil strikes will take place off the Atlantic and Alaskan coastline, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Huffington Post.

However, some critics are questioning the president’s motives, hoping he adheres to his campaign promise of transparency in the new war against fish. But Obama neither planned to keep his oceanic objective secret, nor did he attempt to sugar coat it.

“The bottom line is this — given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs and keep our businesses competitive, we will have to harness traditional sources of fuel,” Obama said.

The president’s response came as a smack across the face of skeptics and supporters alike. In this moment, Obama took on the title of an oil-marauding, militant leader – an honor usually reserved for Republican rulers.

As a result, many are already comparing costal-America to Iraq, saying it is just another “government oil grab.” The main concern is that America is going guns-blazing into the ocean, unnecessarily endangering under-sea civilian life.
“Expanding offshore drilling in areas that have been protected for decades threatens our oceans and the coastal communities,” Executive Director of Greenpeace Phil Radford said, according to the Huffington Post.

Through recent actions, Obama made it clear he is willing to sacrifice Little Nemo, Dori… the whole lot, if need be, in order to secure some “black gold.” However, some conspiracy theorists are concerned the president’s decision is the result of a behind-the-scenes Republican power grab.

“Is this President Obama’s clean energy plan or Palin’s drill-baby-drill campaign?” Radford asked, according to the
Huffington Post.

But the chances of the “Alaskan Avenger” being involved are rather slim. And in reality, assaulting the ocean is slightly beneficial for America’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.

America has a long and expensive history of oil addiction. In 2008, the United States alone consumed 23 percent of the petroleum produced in the world, averaging 19.5 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The argument boils down to whether we want to protect the environment or help our economy – whether we heed the tears of the Little Mermaid or gain a little more energy independence.

One thing is certain, Ariel better watch her back, because America is getting a spear gun.

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