Is Obama's caving in to "Drill Baby Drill" yet another sign he may be soon switching Parties to the GOP?

President Obama proposed yesterday a sweeping plan to allow for offshore oil and natural gas drilling along much of the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska. Environmental groups and many politicians from coastal states have opposed expanded offshore drilling, citing the environmental risks associated with spills. Under Obama’s plan, the environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska would be protected from drilling. The New York Times reports the proposal is intended to reduce US dependence on oil imports, generate revenue from the sale of offshore leases, and help win political support for the Democrats’ comprehensive energy and climate legislation. Major questions remain over the proposal. Much of the oil and gas may not be recoverable at current prices, and it is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to exploration.

*Record Military Spending Bills and Escalation of the Military Occupation of Afghanistan

* No real reform of Wall Street and Trillions into the coffers of Wall Street Banks

* No Public Option in the Healthcare Bill

Bush III or Palin-lite?

5 Responses to “Is Obama's caving in to "Drill Baby Drill" yet another sign he may be soon switching Parties to the GOP?”

  1. Di Says:

    Obama has bought into most GWB positions. During his campaign he was highly critical but when in office he changed his mind – perhaps that was the much touted change. Democrats who voted for him must be terribly disappointed that he isn’t delivering on his promises. Oh well.

  2. Mr. Wolf Says:

    “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices. If in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage – I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done," Barack Obama August 01, 2008

    During the campaign Obama stated then he would be open to expanding the current drilling boundaries if it meant winning approval for more fuel-efficient cars, developing alternative energy sources and making the country more "energy independent."

    He is doing what he said he would do.

  3. GOingRush Says:




  4. Kevin Says:

    Neither. This was talked about during the campaign. While the repubs said that this was the solution to our gas price woes, Obama, and many others, said it wasn’t a long term solution, but should be able to assist in keeping prices stationary at the very least. I’m a democrat and believe that some offshore drilling would be a good thing, because we’re still years away from a solid, dependable, clean, alternative energy source.

  5. HuckleberryLou Says:

    Unfortunately Richard most of we moderate Democrats have long agreed we should be drilling off shore and are happy we finally got a Democratic president with the balls to ask for it, so speak for yourself.