How likely is it that the BP oil spill will be used to grow government? Wait, don’t guess. I’ll tell you: very likely. Dean Zarras at the Civil Society Trust blog says:
Addressing climate change just doesn’t rank very high with voters. Amongst the top ten “most important issues” listed in a recent Rasmussen poll, climate change was not to be found. And the trend on what people believe is the root cause of global warming has the planets beating the people pretty handily.
But with the remarkable live feed from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico still showing the sickening sight of oil belching into the water, one can not help but think of that please-gimme-a-Mulligan phrase from Rahm Emanuel, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Dealing with the oil spill is one thing. Making the leap from there to push a a costly “cap-and-trade” energy policy faintly associated with climate change is quite another. It seems that rather than confronting a supposed “inconvenient truth”, Obama is attempting an inconvenient non sequitur.