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.