Is there any group that Obama has NOT screwed over yet? From the UPI:
Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say.
Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration’s allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, say the president is going back on his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales, FOX News reported Sunday.
The administration is leading a push within the International Whaling Commission to lift the ban on whaling against Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three countries in the commission still hunting whales, FOX News said.
The White House says a new agreement will save whales by keeping the three countries from exploiting loopholes in the current moratorium, but environmentalists say they aren’t buying it.
More below the fold.
The Daily Mail has a more in-depth article:
Now, as a result of dubious political engineering, the Japanese – who have long maintained a pretence of ‘scientific research’ as they continued to kill more than 1,000 whales every year – have got their way and commercial hunting looks set to start again.
In a desperate attempt to regulate the modern whalers’ plunder, the U.S. has proposed a 10-year period of commercial whaling.
They reason that this will allow the IWC to control and contain the number of whales being killed by Japan, Norway and Iceland.
Critics say it will do nothing of the kind. Open season will be declared on whales and the market for their flesh encouraged. Iceland, for instance, wants to take 100 fin whales – the second-largest animal ever to have existed. Of these, 98 would be sold to Japan for consumption.
Isn’t this the same argument that having vaginal intercourse will help preserve virginity?
I am unhappy that I haven’t heard about this sooner. The Los Angeles Times had an editorial on this back in April:
No one was surprised when conservation organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council challenged the anti-environmental policies of President George W. Bush. But it’s a shock to many when we part company with the Obama administration.
It happens. And it’s happening right now on the question of what to do about commercial whaling and, more specifically, whether to maintain the 25-year-old moratorium against the killing of whales for profit. Last week, the International Whaling Commission announced a proposed 10-year deal, spearheaded by the Obama administration, that would suspend the moratorium and allow whaling countries to kill whales legally for commercial purposes for the first time in a generation.
This image was created during the 2008 general election. Funny (sic) how prescient it was: gays, unions, environmentalists, peace activists. All Obama needs to do now is seriously betray women and people of color, and we’ll have a clean sweep.