We pointed out how he had promised that those environmental policies would be paramount, because at that time candidate Obama really, really wanted to become President Obama.
To do that he had to consider the reality of good environmentalism that was harbored within those who were supporting him then:
In Barack Obama’s primary-campaign victory speech, in St. Paul, Minnesota, he said that his election would be a historical turning point on two pressing issues: health care and climate change. “We will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick,” he said. “When the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” During the campaign, he often argued that climate change was an essential part of a national energy strategy. “Energy we have to deal with today,” Obama said in a debate with McCain. “Health care is priority No. 2.”(You're Doin' A Heckuva Job Browner). Looking back, we see that not only were we taken aback by Deepwater Horizon, we were falsely taken in by Barak.
That post also pointed out that Browner had been EPA head during the Bill Clinton presidency, but that her Obama Administration policies had become as different as night and day.
She had become a turncoat in order to convince Obama to open up deep water to the drug peddling oil barons:
The strategy had risks, including the possibility that expanded drilling off America’s coast could lead to a dangerous spill. But Browner, the head of the E.P.A. for eight years under Clinton, seemed to think the odds of that were limited. “Carol Browner says the fact of the matter is that the technology is so good that after Katrina there was less spillage from those platforms than the amount you spill in a year filling up your car with gasoline,” the White House official said. “So, given that, she says realistically you could expand offshore drilling.”(Id.). We pointed out that she persuaded him to do the opposite of what he indicated he would do when he was only a candidate.
Then came his infamous "offshore drilling is cool you left wing jerks speech" followed six weeks later by the fireworks of Deepwater Horizon, the greatest and still ongoing ecological disaster ever.
To top off the collapse of either his soul or his front, he publicly baptized his little girls in the Oilah Akbar waters of the Gulf of Mexico so all could see his faith in big oil.
Some in the media don't get it, because they are exclaiming that her leaving signals a change in policy:
Carol Browner, the president's top energy and environmental adviser will be stepping down in the coming weeks. Her departure is just the latest amid a virtual makeover of Obama's staff as he moves closer to the center and positions himself as more business-friendly.(Public Radio). It is easy to say "good riddance turncoat", but can we say that no one who will replace her could be worse, the way Obama is spiraling out of control into the bedrock of right wing lunacy?
I would not be surprised to see the head of BP replacing Browner, since Obama is steering full steam into the W direction, taking us to oblivion as the right wing cries and complains about him not doing it fast enough.
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