Presidential Speech Response

My fellow Americans, we gather tonight under a cloud of crisis.  A crisis that represents many questions and I must report to you tonight many failures.  We have suffered failures of anticipation, judgment, credibility and urgency.

The President must do more to expedite our efforts in the Gulf.  He must decentralize decision making to local authorities.  The Federal Government should continue to oversee the efforts to cap the well, insure that financial resources are available and that they are delivered to local and regional authorities.  The President should immediately sign a blanket Executive Order authorizing full deployment of every available resource. He should vacate regulations such as the Jones Act so that international resources and expertise can be brought to bear.  We should have done these things sooner, we should do so now.   

There are a number of stories about local authorities who just did what they felt they had to do, with many successes to show for their initiative and hard work.  It is generally accepted that a soldier fighting to defend his home is the most dangerous of the breed.  I believe that those closest to the crisis will work the hardest and the smartest to mitigate this horrific disaster.  Mr. President please cut the red tape. 

I agree with the President that BP must be held to account.  However the President should commit to lay aside the focus on blame, for the moment.  We have time for that later.  The President should direct the Justice Department to make the legal argument associated with the political argument less it face a legal reversal in the future.  BP should be held to account but they should not be extinguished in the process.      

The obvious political advantage here is to use this crisis to promote a legislative agenda.  Mr. President obvious is the applicable word here.  The President should focus on the immediate circumstances and not attempt to begin the victory parade for Cap & Trade legislation.   This legislation is not an answer in any immediate sense, Mr. President we want you to focus on the immediate.

There are inescapable facts at play here.  There is logic to the goal of a transition to alternative energy.  But, transition is the critical word.  The transition required two decades of narrowing dependence on carbon based fuels, in other words oil and coal.  There are technology issues, there are efficiency issues, there are cost effectiveness issues and there is return on investment issues.

Mr. President in light of these inescapable facts we urge you to immediately remove the moratorium on production in the Gulf.  The cost in jobs is staggering, the cost in avoidable suffering is worse.  To limit supply for years to come as you support the massive costs associated with the Cap & Trade legislation create severe questions directed at your commitment to improve the economy.  

Blaming a decade of “resistance to regulation” as the motivation at the MME does not explain the endemic incompetence or Secretary Salazar’s failure to address it despite your specific direction.     

Mr. President your argument against being economically cautious about green investments at this point in time because we can’t afford not to be cautions is an argument without evidence.  It’s not an argument it’s a matter of unsubstantiated faith in unproven ideas.  Good ideas in many cases, great potential, but not deployable, not yet. 

Will the innovation come, yes Mr. President I believe it will.  But we  disagree as to the best path to that innovation.  Further crippling the economy will not solve the problem.  Creating the conditions where innovation meets motivation and opportunity is, I believe where the genius we need will be found.

  • Bill Hedges

    I understand the New York Times is liberal. Not that I would know. Well they ran a editorial condemning obama lack of swift respomse,clean up, etc.

    Landreaux article was so well written I have so little to add from the speech.

    T. Bonne Perkens on Larry King Show tonight said America is number one in world reserves of natural gas.

    Seems to me our company, GM, could start producing a lot of that natural gas fueled cars. Easier to get stations to install pumps for that than other alternative fuel. I think. Cost of car might not cost anymore than regular cars. Unlike other choices.

    Prez bound and determined to push alternative energy, more so than clean up the mess ? Dead fish man said take advantage of bad situations. Worse it gets the better ? Surely NOT ! Still, with foreign skimmers barred, maybe just maybe, no oil on beaches would hurt obama’s plans ?

    T Boone said solar panel too expensive and program failing to the waste side.

    Wind mills means higher prices. Kills birds too.

    Obama said America has 2% of oil reserve. Well, that’s not totally true, not by a long shot:

    “Unconventional Oil Reserves in and Around the US”

    “The United States has greater oil reserves than Saudi Arabia? Canada with the world’s largest reserves? Welcome to the world of unconventional oil. Unconventional or non-conventional oil is oil collected by other means than simply drilling for it. The two greatest potential sources of unconventional oil are from tar sands and oil shale. Oil from these sources that is recoverable using today’s technology would double world oil reserves—and if most of the oil bound up in them could ever be tapped, it would triple or quadruple the amount of oil available.”

    Alaska and upper west coast have newly found oil reserves. Let them drill

    We have one of the largest reserve of coal in world.

    “Coal supplies in the United States are far more plentiful than domestic oil or natural gas; they account for 95 percent of the country’s fossil fuel reserves and more than 60 percent of the world’s fuel reserves. The United States has about 275 billion tons of recoverable coal, which could last us more than 250 years if we continue using coal at the same rate as we use it today. In addition, the United States has more than 25 percent of the world’s estimated coal reserves. To meet energy and metallurgical needs, the United States mines over a billion tons a year of coal. The rest of the world mines another 4 billion tons per year.”

  • Amen, Landreaux.

    Last night was about cap-and-tax which sickens me to no end.

    The oil spill isn’t a campaign issue he can give a speech to fix, there is no action whatsoever.

    Thank God for Bobby Jindal in Louisiana actually showing leadership on this.

  • Landreaux


    Quite right on Governor Jindal. Ironic, that while many thought his response speech was a death knell to his potential aspirations, his actions have spoken louder than any words could have. Ironic, as well that the President delivering one elegant speech after another has not a clue about what leadership in a crisis is all about. Jindal, however, gets it completly. Nice to see once in a while.

    I would also add Haley Barbour to the “get’s it” list.

  • Landreaux

    85% of the post was written before the President gave his speech. The speech just filled in a detail or two. Not that this has become easy to anticipate or anything like that!!!!

  • Yes, add Barbour to the leadership list also.

    I for one never lost faith in Jindal, his record always spoke volumes for him.

    His mediocre response speech in 2009 was more the fault of the GOP who still thought a single politician standing in a darkly lit room was a good answer to the sight and sound of the President’s SOTU. Jindal’s substance was good at that time, it was the style and showiness missing following Obama’s speech.

    Finally in 2010 they got it right having Bob McDonnell give his response speech from the floor of the state capital grounds in Richmond, that was a much better venue and much better looking. I’m still thinking it should be a larger venue full of cheering voters but what do I know.

    Obama is trying to campaign through this oil spill, you can tell from his content last night. He wants commissions and czars as if citizens want more government bureaucrats stealing tax dollars.

    Even MSNBC, of all places, said he blew it:

  • Bill Hedges

    Just now, announced on Hannity, BP has $7 billion cash. obama has announced BP is putting up $20 billion.

    I guess BP can sell some of their oil reserves. Sell stock at present low prices. Maybe future profits.

    Wonder what board will say when they meet? Many retirees in Britain and even here have BP stock. How binding is this agreement. Don’t think legally required to do this.

    With the assets outside U.S., can BANKRUPTCY touch that ? One’s here.

    HOW MUCH SHOW. HOW MUCH REAL. I sure don’t know.

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  • JD

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  • Bill Hedges

    Hi Monica S.

    CHICAGO POLITICS healthy in White House…

    “Emanuel, Blagojevich Traded Favors, E-Mails Show”
    Published June 21, 2010

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — “President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.”

    “Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, agreed to sign a letter to the Chicago Tribune supporting Blagojevich in the face of a scathing editorial by the newspaper that ridiculed the governor for self-promotion. Within hours, Emanuel’s own staff asked for a favor of its own: The release of a delayed $2 million grant to a school in his district.”

    June 21, 2010 3:41 PM
    “Who’s Lying? White House Denies Kyl’s Immigration Story” Video.
    Posted by Chip Reid

  • I’m pretty sure Monica S. is spam, however, since you’ve been responding to her, I’ll leave the post out of fear JD will look silly.