Actually, the WGP thinks #44 may be getting the hang of this POTUS job. No, oil drilling will not be the boon its' proponents suggest. But if you're dealing with a lethally toxic environment, and that's what energy, health care, the environment and all things political have become you have to be prepared to face reality.
The reality is that there is oil off American shores, an enormous, ever-increasing demand for energy worldwide and, in an economic environment that leaves progressives almost no margin for error, no room in which to gesture grandly toward one's base making awkward shows of idealistic principle before facing the real politik of life on this planet in 2010 .
It asks progressives of every stripe to, "Grow up." Immediately. Or, in the less sensitive, but more spot-on assessment of Rahm Emanuel, to not be "retarded."
This includes the venerable but not worthy of veneration New York Times who today ran a piece of 'news analysis' or 'idea-lite', an everything-you-need-to-know-is-in-the-title article with this piece of thoughtfulness: RISK IS CLEAR IN DRILLING, PAYOFF ISN'T by John Broder and Clifford Krauss. Hope that didn't take you all day, guys.
The WGP is also very much for the nuclear option. And not just for use on Republicans and tea party people (see, I called them 'people'). But as a carbon-clean transitional energy source, along with wind and solar. Bury the stuff. Deep. 10,000 years is a long time. If the French can do it without a 3-Mile Island maybe we can, too. With French governmental regulation.