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Jonathan Cowan is president and co-founder of Third Way, a think-tank of the progressive movement. In the Clinton administration, he served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

No time for spin

Q: Republican leaders have built their energy policies around increased oil and gas extraction, dismissing environmental dangers. How should they respond to the Gulf oil spill if they want to preserve offshore drilling as a politically viable option?

There's no way to spin this ecological and economic disaster in the Gulf, and Republicans would be foolish to try. If they want to preserve drilling as a politically viable option, they are going to have to take two significant steps.

First, they've got to openly acknowledge the environmental risks posed by drilling, as any attempt to downplay the dangers will only make the public more skeptical, and champion major steps to help prevent future spills.

Second, they are going to have to get behind a much broader clean energy reform package so that they don't appear to be completely focused on "drill baby drill", including a massive increase in federal clean energy research and development, a nuclear energy renaissance, and putting a price on carbon.

By Jon Cowan

 |  May 4, 2010; 5:20 AM ET
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No spinning on this one; this will have harmful affects on all of us.

Posted by: hared | May 4, 2010 7:05 PM
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