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President Barack Obama broke our green little hearts today when he reversed a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores.The new policy could put oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska. Not okay.

Obama expressed this wasn’t an easy decision, but one he’s studied for a year and believes to be best. Speaking from Andrews air base, Obama said:

“We’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources.

“This announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and long term.”

He added: “To fail to recognize this reality would be a mistake.”

Could President Obama be making a terrible misstep. Already representatives from groups like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace have voiced their disappointment and many more continue to speak up.

What do you think about Obama’s decision to reverse a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

  • Alicia

    Devastatingly disappointing.

  • kristin

    booo! i am so upset. i volunteered for his campaign and have been steadily upset w/ him ever since the troop surge in afghanistan. now this! man. this is just really despicable.

    • Penny

      Kristen, exactly how I feel.

  • kristin

    oh also, just FYI – there is only enough oil in alaska’s ANWAR, for example, to sustain the US’s consumption for about 1 day. so we’d destroy all that land for NOTHING. we need CLEAN GREEN ENERGY. get out of your cars people! its not that hard!

    • kristin

      or, we could try it your way, and just not do anything and see where it gets us.

  • http://restorationnation.org/ Beth Partin

    Really stupid. Talk about doublespeak…in order to get to a clean-energy economy, we need to use more fossil fuels. Take that money and put a solar panel on every house!

  • jeanruss

    Well, I realize now that Obama is the biggest Trojan Horse in history. We all need to accept our mistake and move on to prevent the continued destruction that started under Bush and continues now. Regarding future energy, Blacklight Power in New Jersey has quietly been solving this serious problem. They have over 100 patents and have taken several orders for their atomic plants that run only one gallon of water. Hydrogen energy has arrived despite the media silence. It only costs 500 million to build their atomic plants (versus 9 Billion ) for a nuclear plant, with zero fuel costs. So exciting! Despite the fossil fuel lobbying, the future cannot be held back.

  • ash

    I’m really trying to hold on to faith that O has a plan. I was really hoping the former administration would be investigated. The fact that World Trade 7 was ‘pulled’ is common knowledge. The Towers were obviously pulled, what the hell hit the Pentagon? Wasn’t a plane for sure. Loosechange convinced me that a plane didn’t crash in PA either. http://www.911truth.org http://www.pilotsfor911truth.org. http://www.loosechange911.com

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    what can you expect from a guy that broke his word and didnt adopt a shelter dog . :-(

  • http://msn.com Divemaster

    nuclear bitches
    think about it

  • jamie lynn

    is this an April Fools joke?

    …please? :(

  • http://None Sami

    It’s just a plot to make Obama appear more moderate. If you read the wordings, there’s no guarantee that the drilling will be allowed. It includes phrases like ‘after government investigation’ and at the earliest, if the government allows it to happen, they won’t be put up to lease until 2012.

    In the mean time, they’ve taken away several places they’d already decided to open up to drilling. So don’t worry, Obama hasn’t betrayed any of you. He’s just fooling the American public into thinking he’s a moderate.

  • jason

    As disappointing as this is, I feel that his intentions really are in the right place. Things cannot change overnight, we all know that. Perhaps if the past administration had taken steps to get energy from US sources, we would now be able to transition to something cleaner and more efficient. Unfortunately, nothing can happen quickly. And we’ve waited until the last minute to try and do something about climate change, only to find out that we don’t have the economic power to do anything that is drastic enough to make a notable difference in the short-term. Allowing the economy to fail only puts the environment at more risk in the future. We must allow the economy to recover so that we have the ability to invest in new technologies, and not simply regress back to industrialism. Time is running short, I think Obama knows that, but there’s only so much a president of a democracy can do. This is something that needs to start with the people.. a drastic change in the way we live. A move away from mega-consumption and consumerism. This site is helping do just that, so all the environmentalists need to stay optimistic, keep working hard, and change will come!