The oil spill is an opportunity that President Obama seems prepared to miss, writes Thomas Friedman. "He is rightly hammering the oil company executives. But he is offering no big strategy to end our oil addiction. Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman have unveiled their new energy bill, which the president has endorsed but only in a very tepid way. Why tepid? Because Kerry-Lieberman embraces vitally important fees on carbon emissions that the White House is afraid will be exploited by Republicans in the midterm elections." Friedman saw the same hopes dashed by President Bush after Sept. 11, when Friedman proposed a $1-a-gallon "Patriot Tax" on gasoline to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and slow climate change. "Instead, Bush told a few of us to go to war and the rest of us to go shopping," Friedman writes. "So today, gasoline costs twice as much at the pump, with most of that increase going to countries hostile to our values, while China is rapidly becoming the world's leader in wind, solar, electric cars and high-speed rail. Heck of a job."