Friday, August 22, 2008

McCain Contradicts Himself on Offshore Drilling

McCain was against offshore drilling before he was for it. From the Concord Monitor [emphasis added]:
Politicians need a host of skills, but there was one that the old John McCain was proud not to possess: the ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

On Tuesday, while perched on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, McCain proved that he's mastered that trick.

"It is time for America to get serious about energy independence, and that means we need to start drilling offshore at advanced oil rigs like this,'' McCain said, from the giant, 10,000-barrel-per-day structure owned by Chevron and Exxon Mobil. Barack Obama has said that offshore drilling "won't solve our problem. . . . He's wrong, and the American people know it," McCain said.

Unfortunately, although many Americans believe that offshore drilling will provide real relief from high energy prices, it's the new McCain who's wrong. Before he switched positions, McCain opposed lifting the ban on offshore drilling and had this to say: "Those resources, which would take years to develop, would only postpone or temporarily relieve our dependency on fossil fuels." That's still true.
Oops! That statement from McCain's straight-talking days contradicts what Representatives McCotter (R-MI), Walberg (R-MI), Hoekstra (R-MI), etc., have been saying.

So how green is McCain? Not very according to the Concord Monitor who judged his Senate career.
Last year McCain received a zero rating from the League of Conservation Voters - an organization whose members aren't given to chaining themselves to trees. His lifetime score from the group is just 24 percent. That's less than one-third the ratings given to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Earlier this summer, McCain backed a gas tax holiday. That's another bad idea. It would have helped to keep demand high and deprived the nation of money needed to repair collapsing roads and bridges. He has opposed moves to eliminate subsidies for oil companies and, until recently, opposed tax incentives to stimulate production of alternative energy sources.

In an issue that will hit home hard in New Hampshire this winter, McCain has also opposed additional funding for the national low-income fuel assistance program because he didn't like how its cost would be borne. Now, however, he says he will support "whatever is necessary to help people meet literally incredible challenges this winter." But what about next year?
Big oil is spending more than $2 million dollars a day to influence public policy and opinion - including $12.2 million dollars spent in the past six months by Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future “Drill Here, Drill Now” campaign - and McCain received nearly $1 million dollars since he announced his support for offshore drilling. It appears McCain had an incentive that helped him change his mind. It's amazing what one million dollars can buy.


Lew Scannon said...

Oh great, another Republican beholden to big oil. Look at how much gas prices rose in the last eight years, and imagine how much more we'll be paying under McCain.

JollyRoger said...

I was amazed at how quickly the wingtards grabbed on to the "drill drill drill" cry, when even a grade-schooler could do 5 minutes of research and figure out that it won't help a damned thing.

The oil drilling rig is the gay couple of 2008. Unfortunately for the 'tards, it appears to be of almost no success. Perhaps if the "drill drill drill" standard bearers hadn't been 2 known pathological liars, it would have floated better,

K. said...

Great post, esp catching him out recognizing the reality of drilling. Of course, that's subordinate to the unreality of demagoguery.

I guess McCain would say that when it comes to offshore drilling, he was against it before he was for it.

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