Alternate thread title, Obama gets something right for once. washingtonpost.com Reuters had some of the story last night but WaPo (the first link) has much more information plus video. (for those who feel Obama is underexposed, lol) Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan | Reuters As per usual, Ed Morrissey has a good take although I'm not so sure there is a cap and trade trade-off in the works with Republicans. If there is it's in the way way back room for back room dealing. A Republican vote for cap and trade would and should torpedo any and all election hope. Below is the link to Ed at Hot Air... Hot Air Blog Archive Obama to expand off-shore oil drilling Cap and trade aside there is a lot of upside here for the President doing the right thing. Lower gas and energy prices almost right away and for sure by 2012. It's a nice poke in the eye to Mid-East Oil and Iran in particular. Thats on top of missle test we are doing this week in the mid-East. Coincedence? (yeah maybe, who knows) China is also moving into the Gulf and area's near enough to our shores that it's a good idea for us to step up our game and throw a few elbows. Most of all it's just good policy. It's a step in the right direction and not a small one. (sure I wish it were a bigger step but still) President Obama is right. Obama is doing the right thing. Gosh that feels funny to type. Also from the WaPo article... OK. The man is right but he is still an ensufferable bore. It's long past time for the president to stop pretending he is God's gift to nonpartisanship. Right or wrong on any given issue, whenever he says "move beyond the tired debates" what he really means but will not say is "it's time for everyone to shut up and do what I tell them to". Heh, I'll give him a pass this time though. When it comes to energy production, it's time to hit the gas like we are in a defective Toyota and to Hell with the global warm mongers. Thank you Mr. President. Speaking as a big time critic, where we agree, I will continue to go out of my way to say so and note a job well done.