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In half a heartbeat, the Obama team could put the kibosh on the most dangerous offshore oil drilling ever proposed near U.S. shores, scheduled to begin in December by a Spanish/Cuban corporation. By fighting this drilling, his “environmentalist” allies could get the biggest bang for their lobbying buck in their history.
But all bets are off. This drilling, you see, won’t be by tacky/villainous U.S. oil companies. Instead, a Spanish (cool/hip socialist European country)-Cuban (cool/hip land of beatniks Fidel Castro and Che Guevara) oil company will be the outfit drilling in Cuban waters 60 miles from Key West. U.S. companies are banned from exploring anywhere within 125 miles off the Florida Coast, by the way.
But none of the usual histrionics and fist-shaking from the usual “environmentalist” quarters against “rapists of Mother Earth,” “despoilers of our coasts and oceans,” and “obscene profiteers!” have manifested against Castro’s business partners. None whatsoever. Instead, as a contingency against any drilling mishaps, the above parties have already found a way to blame — you guessed it — Republicans. More specifically, the most lop-sidedly Republican voters in U.S. history: Americans of Cuban heritage, who supposedly single-handedly maintain the so-called embargo against Cuba and thus prevent any co-operation with Cuba in case of a spill.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot by not working together,” groused the Environmental Defense Fund’s Bill Whittle after returning from a recent meeting with members of Cuba’s Stalinist nomenklatura. “They’re taking the lessons of the BP spill very seriously. They could have easily distanced themselves from what happened and said theirs is a different situation from BP, and said ‘thanks very much.’ The very opposite happened.”
Aw, why, those fine folks down in Cuba just couldn’t have been more kind, helpful and accommodating. Now us blockheaded Yankee bullies? Hopeless!
You see, a team headed by the chairman of Obama’s BP Spill Task Force, William Reilly, and including Dan Whittle, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, just visited Cuba to assist them with their drilling plans. Now, when the Bush administration planned to open areas off Florida to U.S. oil companies, this same Environmental Defense Fund went ballistic:
“Offshore drilling poses an unacceptable level of risk to two of Florida’s most important economic sectors,” They thundered. “Opening a new 1.5 million acre swath of the Eastern Gulf to oil drilling unnecessarily threatens marine life with pollution and puts Florida beaches at a much greater risk for spills. Given the environmental risks….this seems like an ill-considered move by the Bush administration. Opening more of the Gulf to drilling now makes little environmental, economic or political sense.”
The drilling rig on its way to a site 60 miles from Florida’s coast is Chinese-built, Italian–owned and Spanish-leased. Its purpose is to enrich Cuba’s Stalinist nomenklatura, enabling them to better sponsor terrorism and torture people. If only the Obama-environmental alliance team could muster the same contempt for this alliance as they do for tacky Texans.
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