Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Friday, Jan. 14:
Gulf oil spill: Commentary
David Yarnold, president of the National Audubon Society, comments on a Tuesday report that detailed the failures that led to last summer’s Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yarnold urges Congress to heed the inquiry’s warnings. He writes:
… Last summer we all watched in horror as an undersea volcano of oil spewed into the Gulf for 91 days. But this is a rare instance where something good can come from tragedy. For starters, we can use BP’s fines to restore a way of life to the region that has suffered the worst environmental and economic harm. The commission recommends devoting at least 80 percent of BP’s guilt money to restoration and that requires an act of Congress.
The report’s recommendation to fund coastal restoration in the Gulf is a critical first step toward rebuilding an ecosystem that has been shattered by an unfettered energy industry and well-intentioned but terrifically destructive Mississippi River management. We know that the natural buffers, the wetlands and the forests can regrow. It’s just a question of political will and money. The commission says we should bring both to bear, and Congress can make that happen.
The commission also called for a new generation of robust scientific studies and long-term monitoring efforts to understand and mitigate the spill’s effects and to guide and evaluate restoration efforts. …
Sarah Palin: Commentary
Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus assesses Sarah Palin’s video response to the Tucson shootings, which left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. Palin, McManus concludes, may have blundered badly enough to kill her chances in the 2012 presidential election.
The President, back in charge: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Make temporary tax credits permanent: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Voice of reason: Editorial, New York Daily News
Don’t let politics kill idealism: Editorial, Newsday