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I’m sure President Obama doesn’t want to go through the pain of seeing another major reform take a year or more to pass, and risking not to see anything else pass if Republicans gain more ground after this year’s mid-term elections in November.

But his decision to go ahead and – to use a Republican tune – “drill, baby, drill” off U.S. shores is probably the most disappointing decision of his presidency so far.

It’s a true 180 degree flip from what he said during the 2008 presidential campaign and in several other occasions, as is clearly shown in this video. He has justified opening wide stretches of U.S. coastlines to offshore exploration and drilling as “part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy.”

What’s the difference between foreign fossil fuels and homegrown fuels? How long is it going to take to switch to clean energy? Why are we wasting time and money to go drill in areas that might not have that much oil after all, instead of investing time, energy and money to study, develop and build renewable sources of energy now?
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