4 thoughts on “Breaking

  1. Doesn’t it seem obvious that this is not a victory for environmentalists? It’s nothing more than an election ploy. The purpose is to avoid pissing off additional liberals prior to the election and then rubber stamp the project once the second term is assured and they can be safely ignored again. But everyone will be shocked, SHOCKED! by Obama’s perceived change of mind. I’m guessing he hasn’t changed his mind at all and is just postponing the problem past when it could cost him anything.

  2. it is a victory, although only a small one.

    the bottom line is that the only real influence we have over politicians is the fear that we will make them lose their job if they don’t do what we want them to do. i don’t know about the rest of the people who haunt this blog, but i personally don’t care about the administration’s motives when they do stuff, provided they do the right stuff.

    so sure, it looks like the obama admin is only doing this to avoid further alienating his base before the 2012 election. but if the “this” is good, then it is good. plus, this shows that obama might start catering to progressive concerns more for the next year, which is also good.

    it’s not perfect, because it does mean we’re going to have to start this fight again next year, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good news.

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