Could the massive — and growing — oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico cause President Obama to rethink his plan to open up offshore drilling? Well, of course. Obama lives in a reality-based universe; his administration is not impervious to facts or to science. New information informs his judgements:
White House energy czar Carol Browner said the spill will be a factor as the administration evaluates future offshore drilling proposals. Ms. Browner said the spill will become a “point of debate” if Congress debates climate legislation containing proposals to allow more offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, a plan that has been opposed by environmental groups and some Florida political leaders
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the future of President Obama’s proposal to allow expanded oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico could depend on the cause of the spill.
“The president’s announcement [allowing expanded drilling] was the beginning not the end of a process. We don’t know what caused this. Could that possibility change the president’s view point on drilling? Of course,” Mr. Gibbs said..
But will this massive mess change any minds among the ‘drill,baby, drill’ crowd?