The voices of more than a million people pleading President Obama to protect the planet and put a stop to plans to drill in the Artic were ignored. Despite more than one million people signing a petition to the President to live up to his campaign promises to begin healing the planet, the New York Times is reporting President Obama has green lighted clearing regulation to let oil corporation drill in the Arctic. As Michael Brune – the executive director of the Sierra Club said in a statement, “We never would have expected a Democratic president — let alone one seeking to be ‘transformative’ — to open up the Arctic Ocean for drilling.”
Add this to the President’s endorsement of the Keystone XL pipeline, and environmentalists have a right to feel betrayed. On the other hand, the President may not have a choice. In the Citizens United era – it only take one oil baron to decide he wants to take out the President – and drop $500 million in negative ads into the 2012 election to do so. While the President promised to heal the planet – it’ll be impossible to do so until we get big oil money out of our politics. Corruption of our democracy is inextricably linked to the destruction of our planet. Go to MoveToAmend.org.