NY Times Quotes of the Day

Obama Assails Remarks by McCain on Offshore Oil Drilling

Obama laid into McCain over his proposals to ease energy prices through offshore oil drilling, specifically his statement that it would provide “psychological benefit” — since the oil industry is already leasing land that it for some reason chooses not to drill on, and since experts agree that the benefits of offshore drilling would be minimal, temporary, and take several years to be felt….

“ ‘Psychological impact’?” Mr. Obama said. “In case you’re wondering, that’s Washington-speak for ‘It polls well.’ ”

The article is full of zingers from Obama; another favorite, referring to McCain’s idea to offer a $300 million prize to any scientist who can develop a longer-lasting car battery (presumably to make electric cars more viable):

“When John F. Kennedy decided that we were going to put a man on the Moon, he didn’t put a bounty out for some rocket scientist to win,” he said. “He put the full resources of the United States government behind the project.”


Rethinking the Country Life

Higher fuel prices are finally moving some Americans to start reconsidering their choice of sprawling suburban and exurban homes, far from their jobs, and with no public transportation.

“Living closer in, in a smaller space, where you don’t have that commute,” he said. “It’s definitely something we talk about. Before it was ‘we spend too much time driving.’ Now, it’s ‘we spend too much time and money driving.’ ”


Brazil Seizes Livestock to Protect Rainforest

In global environmental news, Brazil is making moves against cattle ranchers illegally grazing their herds on protected rainforest:

“No more being soft,” [minister of the environment Carlos Minc] told reporters in the capital, Brasilia. “Those that don’t respect environmental legislation, your cattle are going to become barbecue for Fome Zero,” he said, referring to the government’s food program for the poor.


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