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Obama Breaks a Whale of a Campaign Promise

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By Doug Powers  •  June 7, 2010 03:06 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

Throw another one on the growing “broken promises” pile.

It’s just common political sense: If environmentalists (and most everybody else for that matter) are raking you over the coals for a slow and inept response to a disastrous oil spill, try to win them back by lifting a ban on whaling:

Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales.

The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in the 88-member commission that still hunt whales.

The administration argues that the new deal will save thousands of whales over the next decade by stopping the three countries from illegally exploiting loopholes in the moratorium.

But environmentalists aren’t buying it.

Maybe it’s part of a grand plan. I mean, if you ban drilling, you’ve got to get oil from somewhere. But for anybody distraught over this news, I suggest wearing this t-shirt to show your displeasure:

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I thought “no whaling” was one campaign promise even Obama could keep, but the temptation is proving too great, and Pierce Brosnan is displeased.

The underside of Obama’s bus was crowded enough with people without stuffing whales under there too. “You’re gonna need a bigger bus.”

Naturally, there’s a motive for this other than the Obama administration decided last week that they didn’t like whales or the votes of environmentalists. This might all boil down to Rahm Emanuel having invested heavily in a company that manufactures harpoon cannons or something like that — time will tell.

Reminder for environmentalists: Even George W. Bush maintained the whaling ban.

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**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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