The Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)posted a depressing piece on Friday Sept. 7, about Obama and Romney. While the airwaves are full of advertisements about the differences between them, they have one thing in common: Both are "playing games with environmental disaster."
Daphne Wysham, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, says that Obama," -- like his Republican opponent -- seems to place a higher value on achieving 'energy independence' via expanded oil and gas drilling than on action on climate change. The Obama administration has promoted policies that will result in enormous greenhouse gas emissions being released from the expanded mining and burning of coal -- regardless of whether it is burned via unproven 'clean coal' technology -- and via the poisonous and dangerous practice of fracking for gas, as well as via expanded offshore oil drilling. He has also signaled that, after the election, it will be full steam ahead for a pipeline for the dirtiest of all fossil fuels -- tar sands from Canada. This is what happens when moneyed fossil fuel interests, like the Koch brothers, maintain their grip on our nation's politics."
Richard Steiner, a retired professor at the University of Alaska, was deeply involved in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Steiner says that "Neither the Republican Party, nor the Obama administration seem to grasp the severity of the energy/climate crisis we are in… both are playing games with something that is truly a life and death situation."
Romney "belittled sea level rise in his convention speech one night, and the very next day toured southern Louisiana, flooded with sea water from Hurricane Isaac, was one of the most spectacular ironies in the history of American politics." ...
"The Obama administration just approved Shell's oil drilling in offshore waters…their offshore drilling program for the coming five years is worse than that of the former Bush administration."