President Obama seems to be taking a similar tack with his environmental agenda as he did with healthcare, starting by cutting his most strident supporters off at the knees by conceding points before the debate even begins. With the healthcare issue it was a single-payer system that was left off the table. Now, in a move that is being seen as a way of getting votes in Congress for climate change legislation, he's decided to allow the same drilling off the coast that his party and supporters had vehemently fought against during the previous administration's reign.

The President's proposal would allow for oil and gas drilling along the East coast and in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, though it would keep in place the moratorium on Californian waters. Activity could occur as close as 50 miles from Virginia's beaches and 125 miles from Florida's silver sands. As one might suspect, the pitch includes a call to reduce reliance on "foreign" oil though that would seem to be at odds with his decision to approve a pipeline to bring in CO2-intensive oil-sand product from Canada. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

[Source: MSNBC]

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