Obama also leverages the massive oil spill in the Gulf as a means of winning Senate approval for a clean energy bill that, in his words, finally puts "a price on carbon pollution."
Conceding Senate opposition has killed the idea of carbon-based taxes -- under the rubric of cap-and-trade or any other mechanism - Obama vowed to devote the remaining months of this legislative session to find the votes.
"I will work with anyone from either party to get this done," Obama's prepared text reads. "But we will get this done. The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century."
In reality, it'll be the clean energy industry that'll hold the carbon-based industries hostage, if Obama and the rest of the liberal Democrats get their wish. Nothing good can come out of crippling the great majority of the nation's economy in the of a severe recession. Of course, he tried to mask what he really meant, although he did so rather poorly, by calling new or raised taxes a "price", but most people saw right through it and called a spade a spade.
Now, I'm not against creating a clean energy industry. In fact, I'm all for it. After all, the world's oil reserves won't last forever. Clean energy'll be the energy of the future, but we shouldn't have to sacrifice our present for the future. If our economy collapses in the present because of laws that'll choke the life out of the carbon-based industries and in turn our entire economy, the it'll have that much harder of a time recovering enough to be able to create the new industry that'll support our future. We need a strong economy to create new industries quickly and efficiently. It'll take much longer to create one, especially an industry as important as this one will be, if the economy is weak and sluggish.
We must do all we can to ensure that the economy stays strong so that we can make the transition to the clean energy based economy as soon as possible.
The oil spill is tragic and an environmental disaster, but Obama should be focusing on making sure that another spill like this never happens again and fixing the oil industry not destroying it because as the oil industry goes so does the American economy (and the world's economy, for that matter).