Washington (CNN) – An outspoken liberal advocacy group is using a new television advertisement to take on President Obama over his recent decision to expand the areas available for offshore oil drilling.
Last month, the president announced a new policy that opens up large swaths of U.S. coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling. Three weeks later, an offshore oil rig exploded and collapsed, creating a massive oil slick that threatens the Gulf Coast region.
Friday Obama maintained his commitment to the new policy.
"So, let me be clear," the president said, "I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security, but I've always said it must be done responsibly, for the safety of our workers and our environment."
Now MoveOn, a liberal advocacy group, wants Obama to reinstate the ban on new offshore drilling.
"Sometimes great leaders are tested," the narrator says in MoveOn's new 30-second television ad as images of President Obama in the Gulf Coast region appear on the screen. "For decades, oil companies have dictated our energy policy," the commercial claims. "President Obama, will you lead our country into the clean energy future?," the ad queries.
The ad ends with images of environmental and ecological devastation and of an offshore oil rig set aflame. The commercial implores Obama to reinstate the ban he partially lifted last month.
A MoveOn spokesman tells CNN that the advertisement will run on national cable, including CNN, for one week and will start airing "later this week."
"MoveOn is still working out the exact budget," of the ad buy, the spokesman said.
I woud investigate MOVE ON.Org for their roll in this oil disaster. I'm sure liberal groups were involved with this....no doubt..to foster more government control...
Mr. Obama is to be commended for doing the right thing on off shore oil drilling, as well as shale oil deposits on federal lands.
We need to use our own resources, rather than depend on foreign oil and gas deposits.
But, Mr. Obama should have issued an executive order along with lifting the ban that oil companies from all nations drilling in deep waters use all the latest technology, which does exist, to prevent oil spills.
All the polls show that Americans want to drill for oil in off shore waters by a 2 to 1 margin. The liberals are in the minority on this issue. Democracy commands a majority opinion.
Technology can be used to keep fossil fuel extracting and burning clean. As long as we depend on the internal combustion engine to power our vehicles and coal to power our electricity generation, then oil and gasoline are needed to run them. Coal fired plants can use clean technologies to prevent air pollution and excessive CO2 output.
The move to all electric and hybrids is a good thing, though.
And, we can always install solar panels on our home roofs, and cut the cord with the local utility. Cost, though, will prevent this short term.
The oil will one day run out. Electricity and the sun don't.
OK, before Palin and the Rethugs blame the oil catastrophe, the flooding, and the Times Square bomber on Obama, I say it's God's way of telling conservatives that they are not pleasing HIm with their lies, fear-mongering, and threats. He would like you all to read your New Testaments and figure out how to be good neighbors and 'love your enemy" types.
Our President is doing a good job...they are doing nothing but rabble-rousing. And MOVEON, I agree with the ad!
We don't need to destroy our precious environment and endanger wildlife for our "precious" SUVs and other useless luxuries. No to Drill baby drill!
Tell move-on to shut up. We have to have energy in this country for jobs. Maybe the oil companies; coal companies should all just shut down and then let the electricity go off during the winter months and let these people freeze their butts off. They might wake up then but I doubt it.
Please don't back down, Mr. President. Yes, the BP spill is horrific, but it could have been avoided. We must do better in the future, and – for the time being- we must continue to drill.
Not likely to make an impression.