The Curse of Obama-- Not Even Sure WHAT This Means
Obama, of course, is not at fault for the disaster in Japan. (or IS he? --ed)
But just as the president had to explain his newfound support for offshore drilling, which came just weeks before last year's BP oil spill, his administration must again defend an energy-related industry even as images of explosions at two Japanese nuclear reactors loop on cable television.
“President Obama has shown very poor judgment on where and when to ‘agree’ with Republicans, and energy has been a prime example,” Drew Westen, an Emory University neuroscience professor who has advised Democrats on communications, wrote in a post Monday on POLITICO’s Arena forum.
“He proposed expanding offshore oil drilling two weeks before the BP disaster and did the same for nuclear power just months before the Japanese disaster,” Westin said. “God help us if an earthquake of this magnitude had occurred near a U.S. nuclear plant.”
Obama’s all-in on nuclear power has been building since he came into office. He pushed cap-and-trade legislation that federal studies showed would lead to construction of 100 reactors and backed spending on research into new plant designs.
Administration officials insisted Monday there are no plans to shift U.S. energy policy away from nuclear power in the wake of the Japan disaster. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman, at the daily White House press briefing, said safety is of “paramount concern” to the president but that the nation’s 104 reactors would keep operating.
But of COURSE!