The leaking undersea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is an environmental disaster of epic proportions. Most thinking people are attributing blame to those who caused the incident (BP, Transocean and Cameron International). However, some conservative American leaders are pointing their fingers in the most unlikely directions.
Paradoxically, conservatives tend to blame the “enviro-nuts” for supporting restrictions on drilling. The popular conservative view suggests we should aggressively exploit all domestic sources of oil. Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is amongst those who have indicated their support for this view.
Infamous radio host Rush Limbaugh blamed the Sierra Club and suggested that they should “pick up the tab” for the cleanup. This statement lends credence to the view that Limbaugh’s perspectives are fueled by an addiction to pain medication.
Ironically, people responded to Rush’s bizarre broadcast with a flood of donations to the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is now asking people to donate $10 in Rush’s name, and in return they will send Rush a special note thanking him for helping to support clean-energy solutions and a ban on offshore drilling.
In the face of environmental and safety concerns, many appear to be seeing the wisdom of a 21st century energy economy. Although conservatives like Limbaugh may seem laughable, they have a large and loyal following whose resistance to environmental concerns borders on religion.
Rather than begin the arduous yet necessary task of weaning ourselves off of oil, conservative Luddites like Limbaugh are seeking to expand our addiction to a finite resource that is imperiling the planet.
Responsibility for the Costs of the Gulf Oil Spill
BP’s Corporate Irresponsibility
The Costs of Offshore Drilling
Managing the Massive Gulf Oil Spill
Offshore Oil is an Avoidable Tragedy
Two More Reasons to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
Reigning in Irresponsible Oil Giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil
The Business of Climate Change Deception
Palin Renews Call for Offshore Oil Exploitation
Drill Baby Drill
The End of Oil and the Next Energy Economy
The Economic Calamity of Peak Oil
Planning a Future Without Oil
Koch Industries’ Environmental Crimes
Koch Industries Financing Climate Denial
Koch Industries Destroys the Environment & Funds Climate Denial
Protecting the Planet from Corporate Influence