Van Jones: Yeah, we enviros took a dive for Obama during the Gulf oil spill

posted at 1:21 pm on May 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Not exactly a stunner, you say?  Well, you’d be right, but it’s probably worse than what Jones admits here, too.  Not only did they pull their punches towards the President in 2010, they tried to shift the blame for the Deepwater Horizon spill to the Bush administration, even though Barack Obama and his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had been on the job for more than a year — and the lack of quick response made the situation worse.  Now, though, Van Jones expresses remorse for the lack of response from the environmental community:

I’m critical of myself, first, and the environmentalists. When the oil spill had happened in the spring of 2010, there was another moment to say, ‘Hold on a second, let’s relook at energy policy in America. Should we be subsidizing companies who are risking our health immediately and in the long-term?’” We didn’t do it. You’ve never seen the environmental movement more quiet during an oil spill. I guarantee you, if John McCain had been President, with that oil spill, or George Bush had been President with that oil spill, I’d have been out there with a sign protesting. I didn’t, because of who the President was. Well, that’s a bad, uh, uh…that’s not good for the earth, it’s not good for the cause, it’s probably not good for the President. It’s certainly not the way we should conduct ourselves.

And so, I’m very tough on progressive movements and leaders, including myself, who did not stand on principle, based upon who we looked across and saw as President.

Uh-huh.  The timing of this isn’t very good for Obama, but it’s not as if Jones will abandon Obama, or the rest of his enviro allies, either.  This sounds more like a mild warning shot from Jones to get Obama focused once again on hammering oil companies and traditional energy producers on behalf of so-called “green tech” subsidies.  Since the first name that gets associated with those efforts is “Solyndra,” Jones had better be prepared for even more disappointment in the future.


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Someone left the irony on again…

… without petroleum, Jones would be sitting in a dark room, naked, talking to himself.

A partial list of products made from Petroleum (144 of 6000 items)

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Jones sucking around for some of that Jeremiah Wright hush money?

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

+10

Yup, the Shakedown Shuffle is still in play for these hustlers.

We see you, Van Jones and we’re coming to take you out, again!

It’s pretty hilarious to see them gyrate in front of our White Black Preezie. heh

Typicalwhitewoman on May 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Can you puh-leeze, stop saying puh-leeze all the time. You are doing the most right now. (see definition 1)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doing+the+most

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Wow..you sure are edgy and so hip!!

And by that i mean this..

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=stupiculous

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Long haired country boy won’t be back … ever. In the future, though, it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

…Van Jones…low life POS…anyone who interview’s him…low life POS!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Long haired country boy won’t be back … ever. In the future, though, it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Noted. Thanks, EM.

totherightofthem on May 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Let’s overlook the blame enviro-nuts deserve for forcing drillers to deep water sites in the first place.

If this had happened in shallow water it would have been fixed much quicker with much less damage to the environment.

ButterflyDragon on May 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

I have to admit though, I was curious as to what the knucklehead said (rubber-necker – guilty as charged).

pain train on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Should we be subsidizing companies who are risking our health immediately and in the long-term?’”

I like how we’re “subsidizing” oil companies that pay billions of dollars a year in taxes to the U.S. government. The tax breaks oil companies get allow them to keep some of their own profits — how brutally unfair! Especially for companies that provide one of the few reliable sources of energy we have to run our economy.

Why isn’t Jones complaining about the companies we’re really subsidizing, companies like GE, which pay $0 in U.S. taxes?

Oh wait, we already know why he isn’t complaining about them. They’re big Obama donors and boosters, just like Jones and his ilk.

AZCoyote on May 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

pain train on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

.
Did you check the thread (although I’m not going to repeat it because I nearly did)?

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

He’ll just use this “change of heart” to justify his complete opposition to President Romney on all things environmental.

On second thought, scratch the “environmental” part.

Marcola on May 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Did you check the thread (although I’m not going to repeat it because I nearly did)?

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I did – easy to see why he got the banhammer (but I had to look).

pain train on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thanks Ed

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 2:28 PM

… without petroleum, Jones would be sitting in a dark room, naked, talking to himself.

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Which I rather think he does quite a lot anyway.

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Van proving he is nothing more than a green hustler posing as an environmentalist; much the same way Al and Jesse have been race hustlers all these years posing as civil rights leaders. Remember when Al questioned whether Obama is authentically black and Jesse wanted to castrate him. This is an example of Jones doing the same thing. I don’t expect we’ll see Jones marching people around in circles. He wants a show on Algore’s channel or MSNBC and I expect he’ll get one.

Trucorgi on May 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Now if we can get our act together on the anti-imperialism front I’ll be over the dark side of Uranus.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Long haired country boy won’t be back … ever. In the future, though, it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Ah, now I see what happened there; all the Long haired quoters are making Ed do double duty since he had to go back and delete all of their comments of his nonsense as well.

According to the lefty mind, we can’t win on this one. A moby comes in, drops a bomb. When HA scrubs the offensive material it gets hammered for the “cover up.” Hopefully lesson learned.

Nice to see the HotAir-ians jump all over that dudes ass though; he got hit with so many lefts he was begging for a right.

Oh, and a shout out to all the new LGFers who are mysteriously showing up at HA today!

pain train on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Van Jones has the ethical depth of a wad of spit on a sidewalk.

natasha333 on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Long haired country boy won’t be back … ever. In the future, though, it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thanks Ed and ooops, should have know better than to quote the fool. Sorry.

D-fusit on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

In the future, though, it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That was me. Sorry.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

…it would be VERY helpful if other commenters refrained from quoting offensive comments in their own comment.

Ed Morrissey on May 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

OK, important safety tip. It does seem a little more intuitive than “don’t cross the streams” though.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Is Van Jones a conservative plant? Is there a spy in the house of love? What did this interview do, but show the progressive left for what they are – poseurs. What’s the over under on Van Jones becoming a registered Republican, before the November election? Just saying, I think he’s getting close to the tipping point. I can see him touring with Glenn Beck in his near future. Hey Van, you are going to need a Christmas sweater, and carry lots of extra hankys, Beck get’s weepy LOL!

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Captain Ed would’ve made a good Municipal Judge.

oldroy on May 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

That man has..evil ..eyes…

Xango Annie on May 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Is Van Jones a conservative plant? Is there a spy in the house of love? What did this interview do, but show the progressive left for what they are – poseurs. What’s the over under on Van Jones becoming a registered Republican, before the November electio

Its called intellectual honesty, I know its unfamiliar to you.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Its called intellectual honesty, I know its unfamiliar to you.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Did you see the super moon a few weeks ago?

Have you ever been deep sea fishing?

Did you ever hang around the locker room?

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Its called intellectual honesty, I know its unfamiliar to you.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Next you play the race card.

oldroy on May 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Is Van Jones a conservative plant? Is there a spy in the house of love? What did this interview do, but show the progressive left for what they are – poseurs. What’s the over under on Van Jones becoming a registered Republican, before the November electio

Its called intellectual honesty, I know its unfamiliar to you.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hit a nerve huh ;)

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Can you puh-leeze, stop saying puh-leeze all the time. You are doing the most right now. (see definition 1)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doing+the+most

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

If you have to link it when you say it, you really are doing the most.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I see the republican party in Van Jones future. Van you need to send Fox News your resume’ get you on Fox News get you some face time and off of Book-TV don’t get me wrong I watch Book- TV just watched a replay of Rachel Maddow’s book. Book-TV just isn’t doing the same kind of numbers as Fox News rated #3 in the Nelsens. I would gladly trade Jones for what’s her face Jahmu, whatever.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

This all might have something to do with the fact that he’s not an evironmentalist, he’s a Marxist.

ConservativeLA on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Considering that crawfish don’t come out of the Gulf, they’re still good eatin’!

Here’s my recipe for crawfish etoufee, a true delicacy. Eating some right now!:

———————————————————–

Crawfish Etouffee Acadien

(A simple, traditional south Louisiana crawfish entree)
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

1 lb. package of frozen, peeled crawfish tails (available nationally; call around). Use Louisiana tails if available; Chinese if not.

1-1/3 cup Guidry’s Creole mix (available in So. Louisiana) *
*if not available, use PictSweet Seasoning blend from the frozen section (red & white bag) + ¼ tsp. finely minced garlic or a few shakes of garlic powder.

2 tbsp. Wondra Quick-Mixing Flour (sold in tall, blue cardboard canister)

Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (the national spice of Louisiana – available nationwide in a green cardboard canister) or other spicy seasoned salt

1/3-cup water

1 cup extra-long-grained white rice

Instructions:

Thaw crawfish tails.

In a wide skillet, melt 1 stick of butter. Add Creole mix (or PictSweet seasoning blend + garlic) and simmer 10 to 15 minutes over medium-low heat or until clear and well softened.

Meanwhile, cook your rice.

Stir in 2 tbsp. of Wondra Quick-Mixing Flour into skillet and simmer another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to scorch the flour.

Add crawfish to skillet. Add a little bit of water to crawfish bag, just enough to slosh out remaining fat out of bag, pour into skillet. Add 1/3-cup of water to skillet. Add a few shakes of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning or other spicy seasoned salt. Stir thoroughly, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes until crawfish are cooked – DO NOT OVERCOOK!

Add a bit more seasoning to taste, judging by the saltiness, and turn off heat. Spoon into bowls over an equal amount of rice, stir, and serve with buttered French bread and a green salad.

C’est bon!

:-)

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

This all might have something to do with the fact that he’s not an evironmentalist, he’s a Marxist.

ConservativeLA on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Far left environmentalism is Marxism.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

pish,posh. This is nothing more than a faux apology trying to head off having to admit to a major screw up. A case of “you can’t be mad at me because I apologized.

katiejane on May 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

C’est bon!

:-)

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

.
That sounds dog gone good, I guarantee! Woops… I let out my inner Justin Wilson there…

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

That sounds dog gone good, I guarantee! Woops… I let out my inner Justin Wilson there…

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I just finished a bowl… tasty and sticks to your ribs :-)

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

C’est bon!

:-)

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Merci!

BTW, if you go to youtube, they had a great webcast of this year’s JazzFest in New Orleans, and they are still posting some performance clips.

http://www.youtube.com/user/jazzfest

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This all might have something to do with the fact that he’s not an evironmentalist, he’s a Marxist.

ConservativeLA on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I think that’s all just a convenient front…he’s a con artist that’s never had a real job in his entire sorry life…

Becoming a ‘Tenured Professor of the Humanities’ was too much work..so this is just a quick short cut.

BigWyo on May 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

heh heh,,,

no need to watch youtube..

was front and center for the Beach Boys and The Boss!

;-)

The Boss put on the most incredible show I have ever seen. #1 on my list of many, many shows by different artists since 1982.

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Hey, there’s still time, Jackrabbit Jones. There’s all kinds of devastation leftover from the spill you could go off on the president about. That is, if you were really concerned about the effects. Just take a look, other enviros are going on about it two years later

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/04/heavy-metal-oysters

scalleywag on May 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Van really misses those long nights of sweaty passion with obama – you know what they say, once you go mulatto, you never go back.

Pork-Chop on May 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Does A N Y O N E with an IQ taller than their inseam take this wingnut seriously?

Katfish on May 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Its called intellectual honesty, I know its unfamiliar to you.libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Coming from the left, it certainly is.

After all, he just admitted that he was DISHONEST about the spill.

You folks need to keep your beliefs straight.

Jabberwock on May 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Guess he’s not concerned enough about the communities to raise hell about the damage down there. It’s disgusting what happened… the utter void of leadership from the president during a national disaster. He should never hear the end of it. NEVER.

For many, particularly in the African-American, Cajun, and Croatian communities, oyster fishing is a tradition stretching back generations; for them, the long-term effects of the spill threaten to put an end to a way of life with a proud heritage. It’s also bad news for the state’s economy, which reaped around $300 million from oyster sales in good years before the spill. And of course, it’s bad news for lovers of the region’s iconic sandwich, the oyster po’boy.

scalleywag on May 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Jones Black, Obama Black.
Jones see no evil, Jones no evil, Jones no evil.

Racist.

albill on May 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Long haired country boy won’t be back … ever.

That was weird. That guy had been fairly solid poster hadn’t he and for a long time He had a similar post on another thread but I don’t ever recall him being as ornery as he was with that one today.

And this happened when things are looking good for us. Hope he didn’t have a stroke or something.

DanMan on May 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

was front and center for the Beach Boys and The Boss!

;-)

The Boss put on the most incredible show I have ever seen. #1 on my list of many, many shows by different artists since 1982.

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I last went to JazzFest in 1988. That was the year before it got Big.

Don’t miss the crowds there now (or the ticket prices-my one day pass in ’88 was $7!).

Do miss the food though!

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I got to observe one of my kids that made the Jazz Fest every year while he was in college. He would haul in from UT with a few buddies, stop and make about a dozen PB&Js (a whole loaf of bread worth), get a tent out of the closet and be off to NO. The little cheapskate probably spent $10 over three days. But man he made friends from everywhere and has somebody he can hang with in Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta and several other cities whenever he travels.

DanMan on May 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Sorry to be such a downer, but I really don’t think that any of these sorts of outrages are going to swing many votes, come November.

bofh on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

You don’t think so? What if it can be demonstrated to what degree the Obama dithering cost in jobs and the economy of the Gulf? How about the amount of money that decisions such as the crony capitalism of failed businesses such as Solyndra cost the taxpayer?

How does Van the Man “feel” about the destruction of our federally protected bald eagle via windmills?

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Yeah, yeah, you’re just using them to achieve your real agenda, Van Jones.

May God bless you over and over with exactly what you need.

disa on May 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

The watermelon left takes it in the a$$ from Obama…again.

Jaibones on May 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Much like most of the left and the war. We are killing people(innocents included) left and right with the drone attacks.

Bought and paid for.

CW on May 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Follow-up question would be: “So you admit your beliefs are not rooted in conviction but in political expedience, and the environment which you profess to love is little more than a tool to exploit, on which you place little more value than you would on the chamois you use to buff your…cue ball. Is that correct, Mr. Jones? One more question. You know something is happening here but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?”

curved space on May 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I last went to JazzFest in 1988. That was the year before it got Big.

Don’t miss the crowds there now (or the ticket prices-my one day pass in ’88 was $7!).

Do miss the food though!

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Tickets were $79/day, including shuttle bus. Not cheap. But the music and food were incredible. Not to mention people from all over. Met a guy from Calgary, Canada who owns an oil-field survey company. His girlfriend complained that he never took her anywhere.

So he dropped everything and took her to New Orleans to see Springsteen.

She was lovin’ it – though overheated. I told her that this was cool and dry for late April, and thanks for bringing the good weather – lol

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

one thing you can depend on from the left, total and complete hypocrisy

burserker on May 16, 2012 at 6:29 PM

cane_loader on May 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Why is it that the first ingredient in Southern cooking is always a stick of butter? ;0

Seriously one thing I miss from my time living in NOLA is boudin.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

a liberal showing signs of self-awareness?

what trickery is this?

mintycrys on May 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I see the republican party in Van Jones future face.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

FIFY

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Bye.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

HumpBot Salvation

Handled very nicely. Excellent job!

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I see the republican party in Van Jones future face.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

FIFY

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

GRIN

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

AKA… ‘Mr. Our President can count on us to let him off the hook for anything that happens while he is in charge… no matter how horrible. Well, at least until it is no longer a story that is on anyone’s mind.’
-

RalphyBoy on May 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

ButterflyDragon on May 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The green meanies drove the oil drilling rigs to the distant depths offshore. People ignore that fact. Plus we have the Nantucket/Cape Cod/Malibu crowd, who want windmills everywhere but in their line of sight.

IlikedAUH2O on May 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

RIGHT WING GREENIE FINDS LEFT WING CORRUPTION

I have donated, volunteered and sacrificed in other ways for the planet. While speaking to a Democrat who was suffering with me in one of the joint projects I found myself in, I was made aware of a strange fact. It was pointed out to me that the whole green movement is the employment repository for the hacks and crooks and nuts of the left. I hadn’t noticed since they all seemed a little whacked to me.

Anyone notice how Mr. Jones is more of a lefty than someone who loves the earth? He seems more of a street fighter. The movement is not about a clean planet for your children. It is about accretions to state power.

IlikedAUH2O on May 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

The only principal that the left has is “Do anything to create a totalitarian world state.”

Slowburn on May 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Typical Statist fool. The end justifys the lying, dishonest, corrupt, means. This guy is not nearly as smart as he thinks his glasses make him look. Being a con man with a few big revolutionary words in his quiver never impressed me.

Just another puppet of the progressive machine that gets his script written for him by “the man”.

alecj on May 17, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Anthony is the bum’s name, not Van.

Sherman1864 on May 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

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