Landrieu on BP Disaster: Oil’s “time has come and is moving past us, and the transition to clean renewable energy is one our country has to begin immediately.

In all the criticism of Obama’s too-weak energy speech last week, not enough attention was paid to a statement that oil-state Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made.  Here is the final paragraph :

“Finally, the President called on America to begin a transition to cleaner, renewable energy. As people all across our nation watch the oil pouring into the Gulf, they are asking ‘isn’t there a better way?’ The answer is yes, there is a better way, and we must begin to lay that foundation now. Oil has paid tremendous dividends to our country. It helped us win World War II, it helped create an industrial revolution and it built the greatest middle class the world has ever seen. But, it’s time has come and is moving past us, and the transition to clean renewable energy is one our country has to begin immediately.”

Pretty surprising from a politician whose first reaction to the disaster was to “call for expanding oil drilling.”

Who knows, maybe she might vote for whatever half-assed climate bill we end up with this year.

17 Responses to Landrieu on BP Disaster: Oil’s “time has come and is moving past us, and the transition to clean renewable energy is one our country has to begin immediately.

  1. Chris Dudley says:

    It is worth remembering that the biggest problem with the President’s speech was that he appeared out of touch with pending legislation. What he called new ideas are already included in Waxman-Markey. However, if he can have this sort of effect with a stumbling speech, let us hope he starts concentrating on the subject.

  2. mike roddy says:

    Nice to see my faith in humanity restored, and that people are capable of change. We need you, Senator Landrieu, so please translate that insight into votes.

  3. Paulm says:

    The reality of 100,000bpd will change many peoples minds….

  4. Lore says:

    “But, it’s time has come and is moving past us, and the transition to clean renewable energy is one our country has to begin immediately.”

    I caught her this weekend on Meet the Press as well. Call me skeptical, but it’s one thing to say something like this and another to practice doing it with your vote. Haven’t we heard the same platitudes from President Obama on down and going back as far as Nixon, yet hear we are today still trying to promote an unsustainable “recovery” to “growth”.

  5. Raul says:

    Some only lead the prevailing ways of society, seemingly
    with a mirror attached to see if the people are still
    that “way”.
    Some lead to what is the best way for our futures, knowing
    that some basic rules still apply.

  6. Raul says:

    Yes there are many who point to – will that crop grow?
    will that fish bite? will that storm go some other way?
    There are many basic rules to life.

  7. Eric says:

    Joe, you sound discouraged today. :(

    [JR: Actually, the prospects for a carbon price are higher today than they were three months ago. But the chances for an economy-wide climate bill are all but gone. Let’s call the glass 1/2 full from a political perspective and (at most) 1/4 full from a climate perspective.]

  8. mark says:

    Meanwhile, here’s a bit about the now almost daily occurrence of extreme weather somewhere in North America,

    MAPLE CREEK, SK — The mess in the Saskatchewan town of Maple Creek — population about 2,600 — is heartbreaking.

    Hundreds of residents struggle to salvage what they can from homes that on Friday were filled — in some cases, as high as kitchen countertops — with not-so-clean liquid.

    The still-unpredictable waters may once again overtake the community.

    on Trans-Canada highway, five kilometres west from its junction with the highway that leads to Maple Creek, the scene is like something out of a disaster movie.

    About 75 metres of the westbound lanes of the road have completely collapsed.

    As of Sunday afternoon, the Trans-Canada still was under water at the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta — for three kilometres inside Saskatchewan, and two kilometres inside Alberta.

    Floods aren’t common in the area — older generations say the last flood this significant in Maple Creek was in 1955. Rather, recent years have been marked by extraordinarily dry conditions in southwest Saskatchewan.

    “From droughts to floods,” Mayor Rudd said, commenting about that.

    This article is from the Regina Leader Post.

  9. mike roddy says:


    I don’t think you sounded discouraged, you were being accurate. Warriors like you don’t surrender.

    What did you mean by your comment after #7 that the prospects of a carbon price are now higher? What do you mean by a price, and how would it be implemented?

  10. Rick Covert says:


    I too must confess confusion by your comment in comment #7. It seems contradictory on the face of it.

    [JR: I’ll do a post.]

  11. Let’s hope for a half-assed climate bill – rather than no climate bill.

    It is ironic that Republicans claim that they are worried about federal deficits, but rather than a climate bill that would pay for itself, they want an energy-only bill that would just dole out money to businesses.

  12. Raul says:

    Anyone with a good guess as to the implications of the
    methane release of the Gulf.
    ie Effects on the Jet Stream?
    Growth of the LA Nina or El Nino?
    Such a large release- Any good guess on regional shifts of impact.

  13. Will G. says:

    How long before she flips? I give it a few weeks. Pawlenty, Graham, McCain…to dissapointed to list more but you get the point.

  14. Raul says:

    It will probably be more than just a few weeks
    that NOAA will have that map of the Gulf of
    Pollution you know where it is visible even
    from space.

  15. mike roddy says:

    Will G, you may be right- but Pawlenty, Graham, and McCain were obviously told by McConnell and other minders that all Republican leaders soak in the same vat of oil. If they leave it, their source of financing and support from the national committee is no more.

    It’s a disgrace. The Democrats, while certainly imperfect themselves, have been handed the perfect issue, and they’re dogging it.

  16. Raul says:

    His blow-out preventer wasn’t working.

  17. prokaryote says:

    Major climate decisions brewing in obscure ozone treaty talks

    The obscure round of U.N. ozone treaty talks in Geneva, which few people are following, laid the groundwork this week for a possible decision in Uganda in November to halt the promotion of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are manmade chemicals not found naturally in the environment, and are considered greenhouse gases.

    CFCs destroy ozone, the atmospheric layer that helps protect against the sun’s most harmful rays. They also trap the earth’s heat, contributing to a rise in average surface temperatures.

    HFCs decompose faster than CFCs, because they contain hydrogen. But, like CFCs, they are considered potent greenhouse gases that harm the climate — up to 10,000 times worse than carbon dioxide emissions.