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Oil spill crisis as opportunity

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Here is Rahm Emanuel’s famous quote, from November 19, 2008.  You don't need to watch more than the first minute.

The President’s Oval Office address last night suggests an implementation of this principle, as he tries to reconfigure the climate change / cap-and-trade debate into a new War on Fossil Fuels.  It appears the President will attempt to use the oil spill crisis as an opportunity to enact cap-and-trade legislation which otherwise has almost no chance of becoming law.

In launching this war he is foregoing an opportunity for targeted legislation addressing only the risks of deepwater drilling.  This alternative legislative path could give America and her President a quick, easy, bipartisan policy victory which I believe could rally and unify the nation when we sorely need it.

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