Adam, this seems less like the President standing up to oil to me, and more that environmental protection is a happy benefit of preserving the payroll tax, which has much more political weight. To me, this so accurately exmplifies what Obama *always* does on energy, which is avoid, avoid, avoid. Or, sidestep and subtly address. I am still waiting to hear Obama's "core message"- from his mouth; I don't know if he shares your values, above. I agree that your top 7 bullets should be priorities, but I don't trust Obama to execute on any of them. Too cynical?