Barack Obama turns the oil spill into his poor man's 9/11 to revive Cap-and-Trade climate legislation
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff, famously remarked. “And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” The extent to which his master has absorbed this maxim is demonstrated by Obama’s exploitation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
His agenda is to exaggerate the significance of the oil spill crisis to massive proportions, for two reasons. The first is that, the more Americans can be persuaded to regard the accident as a monumental, historic disaster, the less his patent impotence in the face of it will appear blameworthy. His second reason is that, in accordance with the Emanuel doctrine, he sees this as an opportunity to breathe new life into his moribund Cap-and-Trade climate change legislation.
Obama has not exaggerated "...the significance of the oil spill crisis to massive proportions..."
In fact, to date, he has been doing everything possible to protect BP from the inevitable financial implications of this disaster.
We do not actually have hard numbers on the extent of this catastrophe, not will we know the actual scope of its true size and impact for some time to come.
But to use this as the basis for ramming a carbon tax through Congress is utterly disgusting. It is simply a tax which will ultimately have no measurable effect on the environment, nor
prevent another oil spill like the one we have just experienced in the Gulf.