19 June, 2008

McCain Team Thinks They've Found a Winner

And so do I.

John McCain (R-AZ) spent yesterday campaigning on energy independence. The third straight day he's done so. This time McCain came out swinging at Barack Obama (D-IL) with nuclear reactors (we haven't built one of those in the U.S. since 1978--about the same time we stopped building refineries) calling for 45 new ones to be built in the U.S. in the next 20 years.

McCain has also called for an end to the ban on offshore drilling, a flip-flop from how he felt about it in 2000. The Obama camp ludicrously tried to attack this decision:

John McCain's plan to simply drill our way out of our energy crisis is the same misguided approach backed by President Bush that has failed our families for too long and only serves to benefit the big oil companies

Ummm...pardon me, but wouldn't the "same misguided approach" be to continue doing what we've done for the last 30 years, which is nothing?

Then Obama contradicts himself in the space of two sentences:

[O]pening our coastlines to offshore drilling would take at least a decade to produce any oil at all, and the effect on gasoline prices would be negligible at best since America only has 3% of the world’s oil. It’s another example of short-term political posturing from Washington, not the long-term leadership we need to solve our dependence on oil. Instead of giving oil executives another way to boost their record profits, I believe we should put in place a windfall profits tax

Ok, so it would take a decade to produce oil, but it's short-term thinking? And a windfall profits tax isn't? Earth to Obama, come in please. You and your fellow Democrats have been following this "same misguided approach" regarding drilling for more than a decade. Bill Clinton wouldn't allow drilling in ANWR because it would take a decade for it to produce. This was in 1995. Well, a decade has now passed. I don't know about you, but I'd certainly like to see some of that oil now. That was short-term thinking then, and it's short-term thinking now.

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