As Obama Tours The Coast…
As I noted earlier, President Obama is down in the Gulf this week which includes a meeting with Gov. Haley Barbour (among others). And while Obama is doing that, his campaign arm (Organizing for America), sent out an email blast hoping to convince people that the oil spill is reason we need cap-and-trade.
Here is the text of their appeal:
We are working to hold BP accountable for the damage to the lands and the livelihoods of the Gulf Coast, and we are taking strong precautions to make certain a spill like this never happens again.
But our work will not end with this crisis. That’s one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.
Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month — including many in dangerous and unstable regions. In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.
Please stand with me today in backing clean energy. Adding your name will help Organizing for America create a powerful, public display of support for making this change happen.
The email was sent by ‘President Barack Obama.’ While I doubt Barbour and Obama will discuss cap-and-trade, yesterday Barbour stated that he will tell Obama the administration’s drilling moratorium would be a job-killer for Mississippi and just add insult to an already very large injury.