President Obama – Connecting the BP oil disaster with the need for climate legislation

On Grist, there are signs that President Obama is ready to connect the oil spill to the need for comprehensive climate and clean energy bill. At a fundraiser in San Francisco the President said:

“The reason that folks are now having to go down a mile deep into the ocean, and then another mile drilling into the ground below, that is because the easy oil fields and oil wells are gone, or they’re starting to diminish. That tells us that we’ve got to have a long-term energy strategy in this country. And we’ve got to start cultivating solar and wind and biodiesel. And we’ve got to increase energy efficiency across our economy in our buildings and our automobiles.”

On the Financial Times, President Obama has “finally come out and linked the Deepwater Horizon accident and the continuing oil leak to the ‘dangers of fossil fuels’.” Mr Obama said

the increased risks, the increased costs” of deepwater drilling “gives you a sense of where we’re going…We’re not going to be able to sustain this kind of fossil fuel use.”

E2 also has President Obama relating the oil spill to the need for clean energy.

’This disaster should serve as a wake-up call that it is time to move forward on this legislation,’ Obama said, citing a need to develop ‘clean’ energy sources.”

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  1. Jeanine
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    This is a disaster of epic proportions. I am really disappointed that EDF is not holding the president’s feet to the fire for his slow move to take action.

  2. Posted May 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Finally! It took several decades and it is probably too late already. World demand for energy has increased dramatically. The current economic slowdown masks that fact. The oil will soon be back to $140. Will the US forego offshore drilling then?