During and after the presidential primaries and the general election Barack Obama’s “progressive”, clean energy, environmental activist supporters fought for their candidate of “change” as a new entity in Washington, initiating a revolutionary era in energy production and usage. Well, just like everything else Obama championed before he was elected, he now has had second thoughts about his first thoughts. Frankly, I’m equally concerned about the NSA chief’s oversight of wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping. But this is about energy.
Obama’s choice of General James Jones as National Security Council chief may gall the activists looking forward to saving the U.S. from increased off-shore oil drilling and coal production. Before John McCain supported domestic oil drilling and the polls showed drilling was a popular idea, Obama OPPOSED it. Nancy Pelosi refused to bring the issue to a vote in the House so as not to embarrass the Democrats. Just before the election, Obama and Biden suggested coal producers should be put out of business. Obama seems equally committed to every contradictory position he takes. His supporters haven’t wanted to notice the disturbing truth until now. General Jones portfolio will include the national security implications of energy supplies as well as domestic energy production. General Jones comes from the same Chevron Board as former NSA chief Condeleeza Rice. Even the Daily Kos, a vociferous Obama booster blog expresses some queasy misgivings.
Gen Jones’ ties to Chevron and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggest a platform of enhanced oil drilling in the U.S. as well as an increase in coal production, with or without clean technology.
Here, I quote from a Democracy Now radio show from December 2008 (URL at the bottom) because Amy Goodman from Code Pink was an Obama supporter, bundling a lot of cash for her candidate. And though I must raise an eyebrow at the cynicism of perennial candidate Ralph Nader, I believe he holds many environmental views of environmental “progressives”.
AMY GOODMAN: What about Marine General Jim Jones nominated as National Security Adviser? Interestingly, President Bush’s first National Security Adviser, of course, was Condoleezza Rice. She came from the board of Chevron. That’s exactly where Marine General Jim Jones comes from. Jim Jones comes from Chevron and the board of Boeing and the chief executive of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, which has been criticized by environmental groups for, among other things, calling for the immediate expansion of domestic oil and gas production and issuing reports that challenge the use of the Clean Air Act to combat global warming.
RALPH NADER: Well, Jim Jones is basically the representative of what President Eisenhower cautioned us about, the military-industrial complex. He is experienced. He’s clever. And now he’s in the White House. So the question is, who’s going to run what? Is Obama going to transform Jim Jones? Is Obama going to transform all these establishment appointees? Or are they going to, in effect, transform him, in contrast to his more liberal rhetoric?
It’s very hard to appoint people with fixed opinions, fixed constituencies around the country of vested power, and say, well, we’re going to use these to change America, because if they change, that will give great credibility, and that will offset the corporate power structure from Washington, D.C. You know, that’s never been done before, Amy. Usually, when you appoint people who have fixed positions, who have experience in set ways, who represent the power structure, they’re not about to be steered into a progressive path of hope and change by someone at the top in the Oval Office.http://www.globalexchange.org/update/inthenews/5986.html
Obama took so many differing positions during the presidential campaign that it was hard to keep up. In his infamous “bitter about their guns and religion” talk before supporters he stated his belief that auto plants in the Great Lakes region were not coming back. In the “change” video he he seems certain that fuel efficient “plug-in” vehicles can be made available by the auto industry within six years. Sheesh.
Obama’s appointment of General Jones to oversee the national security energy issues may signal that this is not change we can believe in.