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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Please keep putting the camera on him and the mic in front of him and report him as a former Obama appointee.

He is Obama.

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

The only thing the environazis strive to keep clean is Obama’s rear orifice.

Archivarix on May 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Van Jones, hypocrite.

Ward Cleaver on May 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

More fake outrage from the far left. Thanks Ed.

NapaConservative on May 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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,

Did he stop himself from say “that’s a bad way to think, based on skin color instead of content of character?”

Nah. Of course not. His brain isn’t wired to think like that.

Dark Star on May 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The environazis want an America that is dark at night. Except the isolated points of lights where they live. Just like North Korea.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

[Comment deleted, user banned -- Ed]

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Principles.

JAM on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Heartache!

NASCARinCT

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Sounds like the Green Party needs to renominate Ralph Nader.

rbj on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Those were the days when the gayho and mooch were vacationing and dancing with McCartney and doing important stuff , right ?

burrata on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

That are risking our health immediately in the long term.. huh?

Blatz on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I hope this is a very long and very hot summer for Mr. Obama politically.

So far it looks to be shaping up that way… been a mild winter after all.

Logus on May 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The only principle these environuts have is government-run energy. It really doesn’t matter what it is: wind, solar, natural gas, etc. as long as the government can get in on the ground floor and control it. That’s he real problem with “Big Oil”; it’s not owned and operated by government and they therefor have the ability to speak out against big government. Enviros want to end that speech.

They are nothing but soldiers for the communist party.

BKeyser on May 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Jones uses environmental causes as a vehicle for his socialist policies. Nothing more, nothing less.

The desire to save the environment in America is often a cover for those who wish to rule over America.

Not always; but increasingly so and especially true with this fraud.

SteveMG on May 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Replay this every single time he criticizes a Republican.

Flange on May 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Dude..you might want to tone it down a notch. Some of your posts have been over the top..and fodder for lib tards trolling this site to gather quotes about how racist/despicable republicans are.

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Salazar should have been jailed for contempt of court.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

when you have no principles – you can just do… whatever.

stand on principle

. that’s funny. the whole green charade is just a front for marxist has beens. they could care less about mother earth.

mittens on May 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The only thing the environazis strive to keep clean is Obama’s rear orifice.

You mean Obama’s oval orifice?

keep the change on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What he said. Valerie Jarret recruited him because of communist tilt and passion for fomenting change toward same. He is what he is and they appreciate him for it.

DanMan on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

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

Yeah, too bad you didn’t forget your tanks, commie race baiter.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

+1 ward

’nuff said

cmsinaz on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

So in other words, Van, you’re a partisan hack like 99% of the American left. Thanks for clarifying.

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I have a dream, that one day every person will be judged by the content of the character and not by the color of their skin, and on that day, right after Erick “Don’t prosecute my People” Holder is escorted out of the department of Justice for good, that Van Jones will get a first hand up close education in the meaning of the acronym RICO…

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Take that garbage elsewhere.

SteveMG on May 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Careful with that ax, Eugene.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I have to admit bub you have been guilty of some mighty solid posts around here but that ain’t one of them. You okay?

DanMan on May 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

***face palm***

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

And so, I’m very tough on progressive movements and leaders except when I’m not.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Once again this proves there is no principle or belief that the liberals will not throw overboard to keep a leftie in office. It also shows that they are really full of crap and will always redefine something the moment it get’s inconvenient.

Depending on who is in the White House a militant feminist will adore a serial womanizer.
A pacifist will applaud military action.
An environmentalist will hold his tongue and cheer at the same time.
News people will ignore the millions of the unemployed or the price of food and gas.
Videos of violent flash mobs will NEVER make it to the network evening news.

It just shows that the times they really were whining about that stuff they were just full of crap.

NeoKong on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Men of principle.

CycloneCDB on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

OT: Megyn Kelley just cited Hot Air post about “tight” race for landslide Obama.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Unacceptable. Period.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Salazar half of this administration should have been jailed for contempt of court.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

affenhauer on May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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…

Cracking some heads is what he wanted to say.

vityas on May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

O/T, but Megyn Kelly just quoted Allahpundit’s “Man who won landslide in 2008″ headline on air! Well done, AP.

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

OT: Megyn Kelley just cited Hot Air post about “tight” race for landslide Obama.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Beat me to it! And this Sally Kohn broad needs to go.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

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.

This gives some interesting insight into the socialist mind. When they don’t like something their first instict is to go out with a protest sign. In short, they don’t try to fix the problem, they demand that somebody else fix the problem.

Of course what do you expect from a man who worked for Obama who spent a few hours on a Florida beach looking at oil blobs before Mooch flew off for a week’s vacation in Spain. Because, of course, when the Gulf Coast’s tourism is reeling nothing shows more support than loading the mother, brats, and Chicago friends into an Air Force 757 and heading off to Madrid for a week of recreation.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

You’ve never seen the environmental movement more quiet during an oil spill.

What?

It’s almost like you are using the environment to push your agenda!

/shocked

roy_batty on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

And this Sally Kohn broad needs to go.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I’m hitting the mute button every time she talks.

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever hated anyone before. But, I really do hate that stuttering mother f@(Ker and his fugly wife. I think they are really scarey. Most of all, I hate what he and the dems have done to my great country.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Don’t worry. Jones knows his place on the Democrat plantation.

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Another Charles Johnson sockpuppet, creating material for a dying blog?

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

MLK Jr. weeps.
The man just admitted that content of mind plays second fiddle to color of skin.
He has no idea what he believes in.

Jabberwock on May 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Well, that’s a bad, uh, uh…that’s not good for the earth

Take this to the bank…the last thing Van Jones cares about is environmental impact on the earth. Wrapping himself in enviro-activism is cover for his communist activism. Who doesn’t like trees and pretty flowers and Bambi?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I need a shower after listening to that jackass speak.

David in ATL on May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I’m hitting the mute button every time she talks.

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Well, I’m sorry I called her a broad, I’m not quite sure what she is.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Cracking some cr*cker heads is what he really wanted to say.

vityas on May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

FIFY.

In the Obama administration, Jones was a favored son.

In any administration other than the Obama administration, Jones is on a domestic-terrorism watch list.

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Sorry to offend all you Van Jones lovers. Going to a real conservative blog.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Plant?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Since the first name that gets associated with those efforts is “Solyndra,” Jones had better be prepared for even more disappointment in the future.

As if. Most voters will respond “Solyndra who?”. They’ve already forgotten about it, if they ever noted it in the first place. Besides, there’s a new shiny object over there…

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

Well done, AP.

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Noooooo Don’t say that…. AP will start thinking he isn’t the worlds premier Beta Male anymore… Newcastles sells at his local liquor store will plummet…

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Van Jones is Obama’s vayjayjay with a brazilian :P

burrata on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I don’t think Van Jones is a hypoctrite because I don’t think he gives even half a sh*t about the environment…

ellifint on May 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

He’s not going to do anything Obama doesn’t want him to do. These statements were made to appease the enviros, which I’m sure is too little, too late. Who does Jones think he’s fooling? Conservatives? Environmentalists? Obama? No, to all three. That only leaves the mainstream media, and if they print it, it must be true.

lea on May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Van Jones says what Obama thinks.

goflyers on May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Go away and take your trash mouth with you, we do not need that kind of BS associated with this site.

D-fusit on May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

That’s why Ed and AP run a tight ship. A lot of politicians and news organizations keep an eye on this site.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dude..you might want to tone it down a notch. Some of your posts have been over the top..and fodder for lib tards trolling this site to gather quotes about how racist/despicable republicans are.

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’ll second that sentiment.

totherightofthem on May 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

And this Sally Kohn broad needs to go.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM
I’m hitting the mute button every time she talks.

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Monica Crowley can more than handle her!

JAM on May 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Little tony jones ‘barry the idiots’ mini me, ’cause he’s all for green graft ooh I mean ‘jobs’

keithofboston on May 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Go away and take your trash mouth with you, we do not need that kind of BS associated with this site.

D-fusit on May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I’ll second this one, too. Please keep your bigotry to yourself, Long haired. It’s unnecessary and shows the world that you aren’t capable of intelligent thought or discourse.

totherightofthem on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

longhairedcountryboy

Easy Sailor. We’re all on the same team here

teacherman on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Keep talking Jones. You are an idiot and everyone will realize you are just like Obama.

aniptofar on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Sorry to offend all you Van Jones lovers. Going to a real conservative blog

Don’t let the screen door hit you in the….

Yeah, a moby.

SteveMG on May 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Sorry to offend all you Van Jones lovers. Going to a real conservative blog.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Storm Front may be accepting new registrations.

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever hated anyone before. But, I really do hate that stuttering mother f@(Ker and his fugly wife. I think they are really scarey. Most of all, I hate what he and the dems have done to my great country.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

And pushing your buttons so you go over the top is exactly what The Enemy wants to have happen.

It’s hard, I know. Stay angry, stay focused, and show them what a true Conservative Gentleman is like. THAT will frost them faster than anything else.

stevehorth on May 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Sorry to offend all you Van Jones lovers. Going to a real conservative blog.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Chuckles McBikeshorts Johnson over at LGF will leave the light on for you.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

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. – Van “The Commie” Jones

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Too late, Chump. It’s time for the folks that made this mess to sit down and shutup while the rest of us clean out this mess, no questions asked no complaining allowed.

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Van Jones, self acknowledged Commie, put in a White House czar position by Obama. That’s all you need to know about him.

Axion on May 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Retract and apologize..

You taint us all by posting that kind of remark.. and it’s damn well not appreciated. I promise you.. that kind of smear will get you banned. If that is how you speak.. we don’t want you here.

mark81150 on May 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Another Charles Johnson sockpuppet, creating material for a dying blog?

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

That’s kinda what I was thinking. I’ve never noticed that “Long haired country boy” nutter, but his post had Moby written all over it if you ask me.

Ampersand on May 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Those were the days when the gayho and mooch …
burrata on May 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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OMG! Where did you get that one? LOL

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Why would Van Jones do this now?

Is he that tone deaf to how that makes the environmental left look? How it taints Obama?

Does he care?

mark81150 on May 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Nice sentiment, too late. You do not have my trust at this time, sir. Please hang up and try your call again later.

The Schaef on May 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

It frustrates me no end that the socialists have so taken over the environmental movement that no one thinks about just how outrageous it is that a Marxist is speaking on behalf of environmentalists. Marx himself was exactly as much in favor of care for the environment as today’s right-wing haters of everything environmental.

Socialism and its wasteful economics is always bad for the ecology. Only capitalism has the possibility of being good for the environment.

thuja on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

teacherman on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Not so sure about that.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Why is anybody still listening to that communist blowhard?

RebeccaH on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Plant?

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

My thoughts exactly, FWIW.

Dark Star on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

You taint us all by posting that kind of remark.. and it’s damn well not appreciated. I promise you.. that kind of smear will get you banned. If that is how you speak.. we don’t want you here.

mark81150 on May 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

It taints itself. If one commenter defined the whole we’d all be keninCT.

**shudder**

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Noooooo Don’t say that…. AP will start thinking he isn’t the worlds premier Beta Male anymore… Newcastles sells at his local liquor store will plummet…

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Don’t worry, he’ll put up another dumb atheist post or eeyore polling post and I’ll knock him down a peg. My version of “fair & balanced”…

rcpjr on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

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.

How so?

Apparently, Van sent himself to bed early one night without dessert and with no television–and recommended that other progressives do so as well.

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Jones is an evil man, just like 0bama.

jukin3 on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Banned?

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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He can be excused for this one. M.A.S.H. had a character named Spearchucker Jones, played in both the movie and TV shows by black characters. M.A.S.H. is a favorite anti-war comedy with a lefty message.

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Same thing’ll happen with black voters re: gay marriage.

SouthernGent on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Banned?

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

We agree on something at last

Trafalgar on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Remember… all the liberal racist concern trolls reference either the South or guns in their handle.

FruitedPlain on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Also FINALLY the left is admitting how they rolled over for this President. Jeez, after three years of being yelled at by progressives for “expecting Obama to be perfect” its good to hear Van actually admit the ugliness I’ve been seeing within the institutional left. Now if we can get our act together on the anti-imperialism front I’ll be over the moon.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The way I see it is BO needed that to be as bad as possible to make the mouthbreathers more scared of economically viable energy. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Transpo on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Puuulease. If another identical spill occurred tomorrow, Jones’ response would be the exact same as last time.

tommyboy on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

anti-imperialism front

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

How delusional are these people?

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

He can be excused for this one. M.A.S.H. had a character named Spearchucker Jones, played in both the movie and TV shows by black characters. M.A.S.H. is a favorite anti-war comedy with a lefty message.

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The anti-war left in the 1960s and 1970s could be and often was racist.

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

ExpressoBold on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Unless I misremember, that character was an athlete, a football player and a track guy who threw the javelin, thus the nickname. It was an intentional (and edgy) double entendre. The expression remains widely considered to be a racial slur.

novaculus on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

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

libfreeordie on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Puh-lease. We know your Code Pink membership expired in January 2009.

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Quit with the faux outrage, Jones, no one’s buying it.

Go and crawl back under your rock, Commie. 1968 called, and said no one cares what you think.

I’m surprised he didn’t say this on November 7th, frankly.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Puh-lease. We know your Code Pink membership expired in January 2009.

HumpBot Salvation on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 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

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