The Dernogalizer

June 14, 2010

Obama to Address Nation On Gulf Spill Tuesday Night, What Will He Say?

Tomorrow night, President Obama will be addressing the nation about the Gulf oil spill, and calling for legislation in Congress to deal with cleaning up the gulf, and cleaning up our energy system.  But how far will he go?

Right now there are contrasting reports on whether President Obama will call for a price on carbon and a declining carbon cap.

According to the NY Times: “Energy, maybe. Climate, probably not. There is growing sentiment for a measure that penalizes BP, imposes higher costs and tougher regulations on offshore drillers and takes some steps toward reducing overall energy and petroleum consumption.

But despite the outrage over the spill, there appears to be limited appetite in the Senate for a broad-based effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions across the board.”

According to Politico: “President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies plan a major new push for a broad global warming bill, fueled in part by public outrage over the BP disaster, according to top aides.”

““No traditional ‘energy only’ bill [without climate-change provisions] meets their sense of what’s credible as a response to BP, or the president’s own 2008 rhetoric,” the aide said.”

A League of Conservation Voters poll performed by Obama’s pollster has some good messaging points for Obama’s speech.


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