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Simon Leufstedt

Has Obama lost it all when it comes to the environment?

WSJ reports that (if the article is gone, check out this copy over at Current):

"The Obama administration said Monday it was moving forward with oil-drilling leases off the coast of Alaska issued by the Bush administration in 2008, a victory for oil companies in the battle over Arctic Ocean drilling."

Those are nearly 500 leases for oil drilling in a fragile environment. Greenpeace warns that similar catastrophes that happened to the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf last year could happen. But that:

"The likelihood of a blowout is higher. And oil spill "clean-up" in this harsh, remote environment is impossible. The nearest Coast Guard station is a thousand miles away."

And last month Obama decided to stop new and harder pollution regulations.

"Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress says that President Obama's decision to hold off on new, tougher smog regulations are further proof he's "winging it" on environmental policy. This is worse than what the Bush administration wanted to do on air pollution,” Romm says."

And don't forget the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that Obama and his administration haven't tried to stop.

What was that about "change" and "hope" that Obama talked about before? Has he forgotten about it or does he now show his true intentions and political stance on environmental and climate issues? What do you think?

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