Castor writes to Obama about offshore drilling

Obama's announcement last week angered environmentalists, and didn't seem to get that great a reaction from Republicans, who the President was obviously trying to appease as he tries to get a climate change bill passed in the Senate.


Will it do the trick?  John Heilemann in New York thinks it might:


Moreover, the White House’s interpretation of the health-care battle differs from that of the left in another crucial regard. For many months, the public option was the focus of (apparently) intense passion and (apparently) non-negotiable demands among progressives. But in the end, by and large, they were willing to sacrifice that goal for a greater one: the coverage of 32 million uninsured Americans. When it comes to energy, the administration is betting that a similar dynamic will play out: that the left will swallow hard and accept some new drilling as the price for finally putting a price on carbon.


Meanwhile, there are critics who think the President's move is all for show, and that he has no real intention on doing any serious exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf.  In Forbes.com, Dr. Michael Economides writes: 


An environmental study is required to establish what the impact of drilling will be on the local ecosystem. This assessment can take years. And should the findings be significant, the drilling may not occur at all. While these studies are occurring, the U.S. will not see one drop of oil come out of any of these wells. Such draconian policies will inevitably stifle American growth and ignore the complex realities of the worlds growing energy demand. The combination of an endless wait for offshore drilling and severe rules that limit our ability to use these resources make it clear that current energy policy is an attempt by opponents of energy resource development to concede little now, for great political gains down the road.

Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor has had a few days to stew on President Obama's announcement last Wednesday that he wants to explore drilling for oil and natural gas off of Florida's Gulf Coast.

She spoke out critically against his plan, one of the few times she's voiced a negative tone when it comes to a decision made by our President.

Now she's expanded her thoughts into a lengthy letter you can read here.

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