Saturday, November 14, 2009

Offshore drilling wins another round

Thanks to an alert from Sacramento Progressive Activist, Dan Bacher, I learned just how far the drill-baby-drill oil lobby will go to advance their cause, especially as it relates to offshore drilling along California's coast.
The Board of Directors of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) on October 16 announced that Catherine Reheis-Boyd, chair of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force, will assume the role of President of the oil and natural gas industry trade association January 1, 2010.
That is just what we don't need, an oil industry lobbyist developing marine life protection guidelines. And the tone-deaf, NY based national media continue to refer to Schwarzenegger as a "green governor." He is about as green as the Austrian flag.

It is time that we find some creative ways of expressing our opinion. My co-blogger Alex has long been asking asking "Where is the outrage?." It seems that the progressives have quietly swallowed the hemlock and the outrage has moved to the teabaggers. How have we allowed this to happen? Perhaps we have forgotten the principles that Charlenet Spretnak and Fritjof Capra outline in Green Politics.

There is only one world and one nature. It is all we have to live in. We destroy it searching for some golden fleece, or the Ponzi dream of perpetual growth. If the time for change has come, the make sure it is really change. Challenge Schwarzenegger and his oil industry friends. Point out that it makes no good sense to try and control fossil fuel driven climate change while helping the oil industry spoil what good we have left in our natural ecology.

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