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.