Obama’s Energy Strategy Draws Praise, Scorn [UPDATE]
President Obama , including a five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard, at a speech this morning on energy strategy.
The strategy, widely seen as an attempt to garner Republican votes for upcoming climate legislation, brought praise from American Petroleum Institute Chief Executive Jack Gerard said “we stand ready to work with them to make this a reality.”
But some of Obama’s traditional Democratic allies, such as New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, as a “kill, baby, kill policy” that will harm marine life and coastal economies.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) was more conciliatory. In a statement emailed to G.E.R.Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith says the Senator is ready to compromise if it gets him the 60 votes he needs to pass his climate change bill.
In the difficult work of putting together a 60 vote coalition to price carbon, Senator Kerry has put aside his own long-time policy objections and been willing to explore potential energy sources off our coasts as part of a suite of alternative solutions. He and his colleagues are committed to find acceptable compromises on onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration, conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner that protects the interests of the coastal states.