A liberal trifecta – climate change, stem cells and not drilling for oil

Many people look on Monday with dread and gloom, but for the next couple of years I think I need to replace T.G.I.F. with D.G.I.F. – “Dear God,  it’s Friday.”   This afternoon while driving down the street on a quick errand, I was treated to the following three stories on WTIC:

1) EPA Takes First Step Toward Regulating Pollution Linked to Climate Change (
WASHINGTON — The debate on global warming is set to heat up again with the Obama administration’s release on Friday of an EPA proposed finding that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare.

The finding is the first step to regulating pollution linked to climate change.

2) Guidelines for broader stem cell research unveiled (
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration released a draft of guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research Friday.

Under the new guidelines, federal funding would be allowed only for research using human embryonic stem cells from embryos created solely for reproductive purposes by in vitro fertilization. The embryos would have to no longer be needed for reproduction, and the donors would have to consent to their use for research.

3) Appeals Court Cancels Drilling Program Off Alaska Coast (
WASHINGTON — A program to expand oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast was canceled Friday by a federal appeals court that ruled the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact.

A three-judge panel in Washington found that the Bush-era Interior Department failed to consider the effect on the environment and marine life before it began the process in August 2005 to expand an oil and gas leasing program in the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi seas.

Ah, Friday afternoon – the end of the weekly news cycle and the best time to bury stories that you want to keep in the shadows.

To think that these three topics were the focus of such outrage from the left for weeks on end during the Bush administration and during the election.  So now that “good” has finally triumphed, why does this come up on a Friday afternoon?  These should be the lead stories on Monday so that proper accolades can be given to those fearless Obama administration officials dedicated to righting the wrongs.

“Here, here!” the media should shout, ” We’ll have no drilling in Alaska thank you very much.  Especially now that Obama is on the path for green energy.”

“And hurrah! Taxpayers can finally fund experiments on humans, but of course we can’t condone embryo factories – that would be too obvious.   So we’ll just have to compensate the fertility clinics then.  That’s good, they can use the extra cash.”

“And who would have thought that the old joke could come true?  Finally a way to tax every one’s last breath!  Brilliant job guys and gals!”

I can only say, D.G.I.F.

Don’t Drill … Just Send Money – Update

Today’s media m0ment took place at the staged town meeting in Florida. A local municipal official took the mic to first praise her man … and then to ask for money for a new commuter railroad … cause she

a. doesn’t like the Arabs,

b. can’t drill for oil locally because the scenery is really cool

c. the economy is in the tank and they still have stuff they really need, like rail

d. all of the above

Guess before you watch.


This is what conservatives are up against. The economy is tanking and municipal officials are still spending … and still restricting the economy in every way possible. Welcome to the new Florida.

UPDATE: Well this woman, unfortunately, may get her wish … on drilling. From Jim Geraghty:

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement that he would extend the Outer Continental Shelf Five-Year Plan comment period by 180 days:

“Congress made the American people wait nearly 30 years to address our immediate energy challenges. Secretary Salazar today told the American people they must continue to wait—even though more than two-thirds of them want to tap our vast domestic resources for the benefit of all Americans.

Here’s the link.