You may not agree with the sentiment — more federal action, more, more! — but it’s always fun to watch Serpenthead get worked up, especially when it’s at The One’s expense. New poll out tonight from Gallup: Disapproval of Obama’s handling of the spill is at 53 percent and bound to climb if BP’s “top kill” gambit today doesn’t finally plug the damn hole. But as always, Rahm Emanuel’s warning that crisis brings opportunity holds true:
The catastrophe has boosted concern about the environment over development of new energy supplies — a long-time balancing act in American politics.
Now, a majority say protection of the environment should be given priority, “even at the risk of limiting energy supplies.”
The 55%-39% divide on that question was a reversal of American views in March, before the April 20 explosion sent crude oil spewing into the gulf. Then, by 50%-43% Americans said development U.S. energy supplies should be given priority, “even if the environment suffers to some extent.”
On a similar question, those surveyed divided 50%-43% over whether the environment should be protected “even at the risk of curbing economy growth” or if growth should be given priority, “even if the environment suffers to some extent.”
This’ll last only until the next time gas hits four dollars a gallon, so the White House needs to strike while the iron is hot. And according to the Journal, they are.