President Obama finally took a tough stand on something that Republican Teabaggers expected him to yield on, and on which he initially did yield. Reversing an earlier decision, the Obama administration has taken steps to stop offshore fossil fuel drilling in the eastern half of the Gulf of Mexico as well as off the east coast of the U.S. Those areas were opened by the administration in an effort to gain a Teabagger vote or two on the Senate climate and energy bill. When the Teabaggers Obama was seeking decided to take their ball and go home instead of bring the bill to the Senate floor, endangering this country and indeed everyone on Earth, climate activists were rightfully angry with the President’s pre-negotiation capitulation on the drilling issue.
In a to-date rare move, the Obama administration has taken back the prize that was freely given to Teabaggers and their dirty energy corporate masters. Deep-sea oil and gas drilling remains dangerous to the environment and to our national security. Only the development of renewable resource infrastructure will stop the spigot of American energy tax dollars going to petrodictators, most of whom use the money to fund anti-American activities. The Republican Teabaggers might enjoy supporting these tyrannical regimes, but most Americans do not. This is but one tiny step in stopping that morally outrageous practice.