In his weekly radio address Saturday, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures promoted by the oil industry to increase exploration and drilling, and already booming profits, in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the Atlantic Ocean. Obama attempted to disguise the windfall for the energy conglomerates as an effort to provide relief to consumers facing skyrocketing gasoline prices, but the steps he laid out will do nothing to rein in prices at the pump.
The actions announced Saturday will not only lift all remaining restraints on the oil companies imposed after the eruption of the BP oil disaster 13 months ago, they will open up vast new areas to exploitation and provide new financial incentives to the oil giants. Obama did not even mention the BP spill, the greatest environmental disaster in US history, whose ecological, economic and health consequences continue to wreak havoc in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
The president said he was ordering the Interior Department to expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, including deep-water wells such as the Macondo well that gushed millions of gallons into the Gulf, to hold annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, and to speed up geological research on exploration prospects off the south and mid-Atlantic seaboards.
So check it, you got Sarah Palin's drilling policy even if you voted for Barack. Because they're not really opposing parties at all.
Let's talk Third. Along with Dallas, the following helped on the edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And what we came up with?
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"