With Democrats Like This…

The Times yesterday had a great analysis of the lead up to Obama’s decision to reject his own EPA’s recommendation for new clean air standards. It shows the extent to which Obama has abandoned his campaign promise to “restore science to its rightful place.” It shows that the decision was influenced by industry and his own Chief of Staff Bill Daley (who I was wary of from the beginning, and I’m glad to know he won’t be around for a second administration if there is one. We need a white house without the influence of former CEOs of Goldman Sachs, thank you). It shows how the decision ignored the data showing the negative health effects of such a decision, and how it ignored evidence that it would not have a negative impact on jobs. Bowing to corporate wishes, the president threw the environment and Lisa Jackson, his EPA administrator, under the bus. The Times has a good follow up op-ed today. It is true that some of Obama’s environmental decisions have been better, like the recent delay (though it should have been a rejection) of the Keystone pipeline. The point is that his decisions are all over the place and demonstrate no coherent vision or policy on the environment, and certainly don’t show a consistent line of decisions based on science. Perhaps he feels that politically he has to make some decisions that bow to the Right to appease them, the environment be damned. It doesn’t give me comfort. If this is what passes for a liberal or even reality-based president, then we may be in more trouble than we realize. And yet he will likely win a second term, and has my full support in the dichotomy of choice we will have. At least his decisions are a mixed bag of reality/science-based ones, and decisions influenced by big money. If any of the Republican candidates got in, all of their decisions would be for the big money corporate interests. Science, public health, jobs—none of these would receive actual consideration. So, go Obama. I just wish he would give me a little more reason to feel enthusiastic about it. I believe if he came out hard with the science and educated the American people, they would be behind him. There are some who will never believe facts, and they are a relatively small minority, and the way to combat them is to ignore them, not to occasionally bow to their fantasy world, which only serves to legitimatize their fantasies.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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