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At Inland Oil Field, McCain Again Offers Support for Offshore Drilling

By Robert Barnes
BAKERSFIELD, Ca. -- Sen. John McCain today dramatized his support for offshore oil drilling by inspecting oil pumps in a brown, dusty field here far from the ocean.

McCain last week was thwarted in his efforts to visit an oil rig off the Louisiana coast by Hurricane Dolly. The chief attribute of the Red Ribbon Ranch oil field, where the senator met with representatives of California oil producers, appeared to be its proximity to the Seven Oaks Country Club, where he held a lunchtime fundraiser.

McCain and his wife Cindy looked at oil pumps that produce about 1,100 barrels a day, and he again criticized Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama as a "Doctor No'' for opposing McCain's agenda of offshore drilling, expansion of nuclear power and a gas tax holiday to help combat the nation's energy woes.

Disputing assertions that any benefits from offshore drilling would be years in the making, McCain said "briefings that I've had with the producers, there are some instances within a matter of months they could be getting'' oil, he said, "In some cases, it would be a matter of a year, some cases it would take longer than that, depending on the location and whether you use existing rigs or have to install new rigs.''

"Offshore drilling is something we have to do. I'm sorry Senator Obama opposes it,'' McCain said. "He is the Doctor No of America's energy future.''

The Obama campaign had responded before McCain's motorcade reached the country club.

"By handing out $4 billion in tax breaks to the biggest oil companies and proposing gimmicks like offshore drilling that won't produce a drop of oil for seven years, Senator McCain's energy plan fails to provide short-term relief to consumers or long-term independence from foreign oil,'' said campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan.

McCain had fundraisers here and in San Francisco today, and will appear on Larry King Live tonight.

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Just another comment. Obama and the Democrats want solar and wind power? They think this is going to meet all of our energy needs?

Both solar and wind power require huge areas of land. I very much doubt that the liberal left's enviromental masters are going to allow us to put wind turbines and solar panels on thousands upon thousands of acres of land!

Enviromentalist already oppose the building of both solar and wind power plants.

Google "enviromentalist oppose solar power" and "enviromentalist oppose wind farms" and see for your self!

The Liberal left endorses wind power and solar power in concept only, but they oppose it in actual use!

The only plan they have is conservation, nothing more.

Posted by: Heather | August 1, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I do not see how Obama's energy plan helps much. He wants to tax oil companies? So then they pass that tax along to consumers, which is what any business would do. How does that save us money?

Then he seems he wants to offer government funded subsidies for some peoples energy costs? So this means taxes. So if we are not paying it at the pump, he wants to take it from our pay checks?

It seems his solution to everything is some new fund, paid for by the American tax payer!

Posted by: Heather | August 1, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi, Reid & Obama are the three myopic rodents of Washington. They can not see the truth about our dependence on foreign oil. In their Don Quixote quest of saving the world and obsession with windmills, they are crippling America's future.

We have enough oil and gas off shore to last another 50 - 75 years. We are risking becoming a third world nation unless we start exploring and drilling for oil and gas now.

Posted by: alance | July 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

And what, pray tell, will happen to that oil? Will it be sold to US refineries at a lower price? No, refineries have nice contracts for oil at much lower prices than what oil is going for. No, that oil will be sold to other countries at today's high prices. Benefit to the US = 0. Benefit to the oil companies = high profits selling $123/barral oil.

McCitizenKane is proving himself to be what he always was, a marshmallow, letting anyone mold him into any shape they like as long as they help him get elected. He talks about pumping more oil like there is not enough on the market today. Are you having trouble getting gasoline? Are the filling stations running dry? Think people, this has nothing to do with $4/gallon gas and everything to do with big oil making profits off of oil under YOUR land. The man is embarassing.

The republicans told us Saddam had WMD and we supported them taking this country to war. Now they tell us we are running out of oil and gas and so we need to drill more. Its the same liars telling us this folks. This time ask the tough questions.

Posted by: Fate | July 29, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The unfortunate thing is that McCain did not even know what he said or what it meant. One of his staff said it for him. Signs of things to come.

Posted by: Charles Hopfl | July 29, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

This is a great test of Senator McCain's credibility. We need to know who has advised him that offshore oil will be flowing in a few months. If this is another lie, there is simply ZERO credibility left in this candidate.

Posted by: Oliver | July 29, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

McShame you lying POS...


Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Since everyone is at least a bit familiar with John McCain's record when it comes to strolling through a market in Baghdad with hundreds of his closest guards, or how he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years (except when he flip flops on that).

But not that many really, truly know just how horrific his voting record is when it comes to the troops. And it is pretty consistent - whether it is for armor and equipment, for veteran's health care, for adequate troop rest or anything that actually, you know, supports our troops.

This is chock full of links to the roll call votes, and the roll call votes have links to the actual underlying bills and amendments. I present this so that there is support and things that can be rattled off when saying that McCain is not a friend of the military. Feel free to use it as you want, but this can be tied into the "Double Talk Express". But here is a very quick statement - John McCain skipped close to a dozen votes on Iraq, and on at least another 10 occasions, he voted against arming and equipping the troops, providing adequate rest for the troops between deployments and for health care or other benefits for veterans.

In mid 2007, Senator Reid noted that McCain missed 10 of the past 14 votes on Iraq. However, here is a summary of a dozen votes (two that he missed and ten that he voted against) with respect to Iraq, funding for veterans or for troops, including equipment and armor. I have also included other snippets related to the time period when the vote occurred.

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that "things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn't even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

So there it is. John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can't even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn't have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | July 29, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I wonder if good ole' John boy is getting a payoff just like indicted Ted Stevens, another corrupt member of the Repuke party that has sold out the country. Standing in a hot, blistering dust bowl in Bakersfield, hometown of the worst pollution in California, on a day when he his skin cancer is taking a battering, just doesn't look very smart to me. This guy is a lost cause, a Bushie to theh core, and there isn't going to be any drilling to seel oil to the Japanese or the Chinese ... and that's exactly where it would go!o

Posted by: Mike From So-Cal | July 29, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Have you guys heard of Dickipedia, a wiki of dicks? Anyway, the entry for little miss drug-stealing-rodeo-queen Cindy McCain is pretty funny. See?

"Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born Cindy Lou Hensley on May 20, 1954) is the wife of U.S. Senator, ill-fated presidential candidate, elderly curmudgeon, and dick John McCain. She, herself, is a multi-millionaire, pill-popper--a combination sometimes referred to as a "pillionaire"--and an excellent example of why people should stop after one facelift, two max. She is also a dick."

There's more here, enjoy: http://www.dickipedia.org/dick.php?title=Cindy_McCain

Posted by: eliana | July 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok, here goes I have worked in the oil industry as a diver, let me tell you the problem is not with the supply, The problem is with our lack of refining capacity, The oil industry has not built a new refinery in this country since 1976, Yet they receive huge tax breaks on Refinery construction and R&D, Still no new refinerys, Alaskan oil is high sulfer content, There is only one refinery in the US that can turn it into gasoline, the rest goes to Japan to be refined, Then we buy it back in the form of gasoline, Until we build more refinerys we will be at the Whims of weather and shutdowns, New high teck refinerys could be built on closed militay bases around the US, The railheads and runways are already there and it would put some of those dead towns back to work, Think about this foriegn Oil, Cheveron and Shell or there new name Royal Dutch Shell drill in Nigeria, American companies Right, But dont worry soon the Chiniese will start using Coal to make gasoline, It is a really dirty proccess, There coal supplies are huge, You will be able to buy dirty Chinese gas at wallmart and Costco along with all the other plastic toxic crap those companies sell, Anyone that works in the industry will tell you it will be 10yrs before any of that oil will be avalible for gasoline production, To say Obama or Mcain have a energy plan or even care if you 5bucks a gallon is crazy, Look the rest of the world has been paying over 5bucks for yrs, The cheepest gas is in Hugo commie pardise 12cents a gallon. MORE REFINERIES not more drilling. So ends the lesson

Posted by: RaferJanders | July 29, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The only reason junior senator Barach Hussein Obama opposes U.S. offshore oil rigs is that the fringe democratic idiots are also against the idea that the USA should not be free from foreign suppliers of crude oil.

Notice none of these knot heads who believe wind mills are the answer to all our problems are saying very much now that the price ogf gas has dipped below $4.00/ gallon.So junior senator its time to come up with another hair brained idea.

Posted by: John Son | July 29, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

American ingenuity and technology will solve the alternative energy problems, the automobile industry needs to retool and make ready for something other than a 35 to 40 mpg gasoline driven vehicle. I believe it can be accomplished within ten years and to a degree that will make the oil industry cry "uncle."

Drilling offshore, in ANWR, or even in the already leased areas alloted to the industry will not solve America's problem with foreign oil dependency.

The oil cartels (OPEC) swore they would never use oil as a weapon and obviously that was not true. Americans need to begin today, the process of disarming them once and for all time.

Posted by: motiv8ed | July 29, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone take this Mclame idiot seriously anymore? He is clearly targeting voters who are not informed about anything. I'm so sick of Repugs who think Americans are bunch of idiots and will believe anything they say. Then again, a good number are exactly that given the poll numbers..

Posted by: Ryan | July 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Joe Ma: obama IS the new captain of hooey. this democrat aint buying.
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Would that be a demotion or a promotion from "Dr. No of Energy?" And either way, would that be better or worse than graduating third from the bottom in a class of over 300? So let's get it straight, Obama has no track record versus McCain's third from the bottom, five years as POW and Bush's Senate Puppet (twice).
Caveat Emptor!

Posted by: Tim E | July 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

You can bet there is no offshore drilling along the coast of Arizona! YES! I know Arizona has no coast and that is the point.

Posted by: K BLIT | July 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

McCain backs off his no-new-tax pledge

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain's signal that he may be open to a higher payroll tax for Social Security, despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_taxes

Posted by: Toomy | July 29, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Open more of our federal lands and coast lines to the likes of BP (as an example)- whose profits are up 28% in the last quarter? You think they will actually return the favor to the U.S. taxpayers with lower gas prices? Wake up! Oh yeah, they have such a steller record in the U.S. They come in, buy ARCO, let Texas and New Mexico assets go to hell (i.e., absolutely no maintenance) and then sell it off when the pipeline network really starts to go (see also Texas City Refinery). These companies have policies in place that they would rather pay govt. fines and receive notices of violation compared to paying to clean up their spills (which are always reported at 5 barrels), or maintain their equipment - regardless of risk to human health or the environment. The major oil companies are too busy trying to hide their liabilities by spinning off subsidiary after susidiary or selling the assets between the majors (rather than do anything constructive).
McCain, unfortunately, has few cards to play, and this is a big trump card for him, because there are so many people driving Tahoes and Escalades that continue to demand the opportunity to use more resources than they deserve, because their pastor tells them it's their right! And, because they think their gas prices will drop (not going to happen).
As for you American Idiot, your moniker appears to be well deserved. I just want to point out that your unwillingness or inability to proof read what you write proves that either you are the lazy person you rail against, or you are a fool that left education at an early age in order to support a government that throws individuals like yourself (most likely hard working but with no money and therefore no political clout) under the bus. You appear to be the perfect poster child for the McCain campaign. He, like most politicians, will say or do whatever to move ahead in his morally stunted world (he's proven it time and time again), and unless I'm mistaken, you are lapping it up like a thirsty dog.
All this oil talk is great, but I never hear anyone talking about another major resource issue related to opening up the new oil and natural gas fields - water. The oil companies are not only taking our federally owned oil and gas resources - while reaping huge profits and not paying the taxpayers adequate compensation (thanks Congress/Senate) (yes, I understand that there is considerable capital outlay, but get a grip!), these companies are sucking up usable water like nobody's business. Water shortages will be the issue of the day in about 20 years, particularly in Texas, where millions of gallons of water are used to extract nat. gas from each individual well. Just wait to see what happens in N. Colo. if work on the oil shale kicks back in - which of course it will, because the American public won't stand up and stop it. So, go McCain go. Your generation will soon die off, and my daughters generation will be there to pay for the war bills, and environmental issues yours left behind. Thank you to all the ethically challenged, blind followers of the Republican party for continuing to vote the way you do; and, to the Democrats that talk a good game then belly up to the special interest bar. Vote every single incumbent out of office.

Posted by: MH | July 29, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Offshore drilling is something we have to do. I'm sorry Senator Obama opposes it,'' McCain said. "He is the Doctor No of America's energy future.''
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These words say it all. McCain you are washed up, like a piece of tar on the beach.

Posted by: old surfer | July 29, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

What's that echo I hear from 4 years ago? "Flip-flop, flip-flop"

Posted by: RollaMO | July 29, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What's that echo I hear from 4 years ago? "Flip-flop, flip, flop"

Posted by: RollaMO | July 29, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

American Idiot, well at least your name is correct. Thanks sooo much for letting us know exactly what you are. Folks, we have a winner here!! We don't even have to tell him what he is!!! Thanks A. I, now for the rest of you idiots, McCain won't make it to the election before either he croaks or the other half of his face will slip off his skull!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

John McCain should open his support to drilling on federal land already leased to the oil companies - land that is known to have reserves, but have not been tapped by the oil companies.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me the level of support for this old idiot. Here we are at a time when gas is $4.oo, energy cost's are up, EVERYTHING is up and this clown goes to an oil field and still condones offshore drilling! IDIOT! It won't produce a drop of oil for years and you repukelican are buying this crap! I know the GOP just loves blind followers!!You guys were lied to more than us because you ARE repukelicans! I don't know know which is worst, being lied to by a dumb president, or being lied to by MY OWN DUMB PRESIDENT! lolol Obama will win, nothing McStank can do to change that!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama's camp should consider labeling McCain "Sergeant Oil," as long as we're just playing a name-calling game.

Posted by: Mark from Planet Earth | July 29, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

So that's McCain's plan. Play the oil addiction for all it's worth, and continue the crusade to make the ME Christian. No wonder they call him McBush.

Posted by: Mark from Planet Earth | July 29, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Ben Dover: Obama isn't the leader on ANYTHING. he has a proven track record of exactly NOTHING.

just like he'll tell you the troops will be out in 60 days to get the nomination, he's going to say whatever gives you a special sensation to get the election.

obama IS the new captain of hooey. this democrat aint buying.

Posted by: Joe Ma | July 29, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Issues We care About!

The neoconservatives and the Bush administration should be held accountable not only for the cost of the Iraq War but the 492 billion dollar deficit.

- Part of the cost are the 30,000 USA Troops wounded.

-Start laying the groundwork to move the the US away from oil dependency.

As soon as the 2008 election is over The Republicans will start running for the next elections in 2010 and 2012. This is the reason gridlock doesn't help this country.

The Republicans as a group should "pay a price" for the Gridlock.

Posted by: Bobby | July 29, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

The idea that energy by wind power to free up natural gas for cars is a big money maker for boone pickens but this will take just as long as drilling.This would be a big mistake!!! There would be lots of americans that would freeze due to higher heating bills but that's ok we can burn some of the taxes will be paying under obama and the democratic congress. Take from me to help the poor lazy homeless people. Obama has flipped flopped just as much and he will help give these poor lazy people free health care,housing,and education for there kids that they keep having so they my get more hand outs. So if I'm going to help raise someone kids,pay there bills then the could at let's keep my grass cut so I can work more too pay for it all. So please tell Boone pickens to give some of his billions to pay there way and stop trying to take more of my hard earned money.Obama needs help seeing the real problem the lazy americains won't work for a better life they won't a bigger hand out. The problem with America is we make it too easy to be freaken lazy. America will never be the great nation it use too be because were all waiting for a hand out. The american working peaple are the slaves now. These hand out must stop and these lazy peaple will have no choice but too get out and take back the hard low paying jobs from the bourder jumpers!!! Work there way up the ladder to a better life. But this will never happen because democratic leader just won't too give free housing,healthcare and food for all the kids they can have so this will be the down fall of America. Thanks you lazy peaple who will be voting for Obama no matter what he says he will do to fix america problem. Thanks but no thanks!!!

Posted by: American idoit | July 29, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

He's pandering to the oil companies and he still claims he's not a W clone. He's just another neocon warmonger.

Posted by: Scott | July 29, 2008 3:46 AM | Report abuse

John McCain should stay out of the sun, it's burning off his last few brain cells and giving him sun spots on his autopsy complexion.

Posted by: Calsunset | July 29, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Conservative columnist George Will

"I don't believe John McCain."

"John McCain is an angry man and I don't think America wants an angry president."

(interview June 3, 2008 : http://www.charlierose.com/schedule/)

Posted by: Conservative John | July 29, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

"John McCain has made the necessary choices -....."

LIKE HE DID IN 1987

MCCAIN PART OF THE KEATING 5 SCANDAL

Charles Keating of the Lincoln Savings & Loan disaster costing taxpayers over $2Bil.
McCain received $112,000 by 1987 from Keating and Keating's relatives and employees to McCain's Senate campaign, more than any of the other Senators.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keating_Five

ps. I know McSame was not convicted but he STILL TOOK $112,000 from Criminal Keating...


Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

McCain is saying anything he can to get elected... he disgusts me... but then I've not known him for 20 years like Sen. Hollings....

WILL THE REAL JOHN MCAIN PLEASE SHOW UP.
AMERICA IS NOT GETTING THE ORIGINAL MCCAIN!

BILL MOYERS: You and John McCain sat on the same committee. You were chairman of the Commerce Committee--

FRITZ HOLLINGS: Oh yeah

BILL MOYERS: He was a member of the committee--

FRITZ HOLLINGS: We were good friends. And I love him.

BILL MOYERS: And how does he--

FRITZ HOLLINGS: I know him, yeah.

BILL MOYERS: And he used to be thought of as being an advocate of campaign finance reform.

FRITZ HOLLINGS: Exactly right. And he was an advocate against these tax cuts. But now they've taken the maverick McCain and trying to make him the Christian right and the money raiser and everything else like that. They're trying to make him an ordinary Republican. And you can tell he's ill at ease. He, John McCain is not happy campaigning right now. I can tell you that. He's-- the media loves him. He had a room up there by the commerce committee with donuts and coffee and all and the press wouldn't go to the press gallery. They'd go to McCain because they could get a statement out of him. And he was honest. He'd tell you how he felt. So, the press loves him and everything else. But they're disappointed in him now, because they're trying to change him over to qualify him as a Republican.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07252008/transcript3.html

Posted by: Not McSame | July 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

There are many reasons we need to get off our oil addition and to start thinking green.......... jobs, environment, energy independence from tyrannical leaders of the world.....................or we can just keep it the same and buy gas to build the roads and bridges in Canada instead, or help Saudi Arabia buy some more missiles for their army..........and continue to produce crappy gas guzzling trucks that no one can afford........while watching Toyota and Honda build and sell the cars Americans are increasingly interested in buying...............we can continue to pay to inefficiently transmit electricity great distances from expensive coal plants................while we dig and drill frivolously to catch up with demand for power, scaring our back yards with huge holes and stinky refineries.........

It's about time...........and slowly but surely..........the obstruction to this fight "Republicans", are a dwindling few.

Posted by: getcentered | July 28, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

When T Boone Pickens, a oil man all of his life says "We can't drill our way out of this one" we should listen. People who don't beleive this should go to pickensplan.com look the information over for themselves. As JakeD explained "Many countries around the world, including China, heavily subsidize oil prices. This means that there is a massive artificial demand for oil that, along with real increases in demand and a fixed supply have pushed the price of oil to $140 a barrel."
For people whome need a education in econonomics. The demand for oil in China and India will increase, increasing the price of oil. If we could tap every oil reserve in the United States tomorrow we couldn't produce enough oil to meet the daily demand of the United States. We can do all the above when it comes to energy drill offshore, drill in ANWAR, Solar, Nuclear(I am not a big supporter of this),
Coal to gas technology, it will take all of this to get us off forein oil.

Posted by: Donnie from WV | July 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

You invite me over here, ostensibly to discuss a substantive policy issue. Yet your first post shows that you have no understanding of economics or the market forces driving up oil prices. Let me educate you. Many countries around the world, including China, heavily subsidize oil prices. This means that there is a massive artificial demand for oil that, along with real increases in demand and a fixed supply have pushed the price of oil to $140 a barrel. This is not the housing market, and there is no "speculation" going on here. You seem to have bought the McCain line that our economic woes are "psychological," and that simply announcing more drilling that will not produce a drop of oil for years will solve this crisis. That is completely asinine.

The oil age is over. Offshore drilling is a foolish attempt to get to oil that is very tough to extract from the Earth and to refine. Only renewable sources of energy can sustain us in the future. All McCain wants is more drilling and more nuclear plants, and maybe more ethanol. These are all expensive and polluting ways to create energy. Our government needs to heavily, and I'm talking upwards of $100 billion a year, subsidize the wind, solar, and geothermal industries so we can tap these power sources as quickly as possible. We also need these types of massive incentives for electric cars.

The technology to get off of oil in next ten years is here, if we can only find the political will to make it happen. If not for ignorant right-wingers like you, we would probably be there already. Your ignorance is a luxury that is afforded to you by those of us who live in the reality-based community, and who make the world work on a daily basis. We will drag you and your backwards brethren along with us into the future, kicking and screaming as usual. Perhaps your children will thank us someday, as they enjoy the new world that we fought you so hard to create.

Posted by: JMoney | July 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"Nuclear power" is a code word too?!

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Jake -

Alternative fuels is a code word for ethanol/petrol mix. We need new power technologies not new fuel burning combustion engines. So McCain is not the leader on this, Obama is. THis is only one of many issues they diverge on.

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ben Dover - read more about the Lexington Project:

"Our nation's future security and prosperity depends on the next President making the hard choices that will break our nation's strategic dependence on foreign sources of energy and will ensure our economic prosperity by meeting tomorrow's demands for a clean portfolio. John McCain has made the necessary choices - producing more power, pushing technology to help free our transportation sector from its use of foreign oil, cleaning up our air and addressing climate change, and ensuring that Americans have dependable energy sources. John McCain will lead the effort to develop advanced transportation technologies and alternative fuels to promote energy independence and cut off the flow of oil wealth to repressive dictatorships like Iran."

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/17671aa4-2fe8-4008-859f-0ef1468e96f4.htm

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

We need to forget drilling for oil, and spend our resources and brainpower on development of new energy sources and new technologies not tied to petroleum. Let's kick China's ass by being the first to develop and manufacture green powered cars, trucks, and buses.

Posted by: Screaming Maniac | July 28, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans once again have run away from an opportunity to provide a short-term solution to our energy crisis," Reid said. "While Democrats have worked to stop greedy speculators who artificially inflate oil prices, Republicans have chosen to protect them."

Senate Republicans strongly opposed the bill because it focused only on speculation, and they argued the legislation should be modified to also boost U.S. oil production by allowing more offshore drilling and developing vast oil shale fields in the West.

Democrats wanted to protect offshore areas closed to energy exploration and pointed out that oil companies already held millions of acres they leased from the government that were not being drilled.

YOU ALL MISSED THAT HURRICAINE DOLLY CAUSED A 600-GALLON OIL SPILL?

McCain said that: "As for offshore drilling, it's safe enough these days that not even Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could cause significant spillage from the battered rigs off the coasts of New Orleans and Houston."
In fact, Katrina and Hurricane Rita caused damage to oil rigs and storage facilities in the Gulf, according to press reports and government studies.

The hurricanes totally destroyed 113 oil rigs, according to the government's Minerals Management Service, and damaged 457 pipelines. The resulting oil spills were large enough to be seen from space, according to several reports

A review by the Houston Chronicle reported that the two storms in the summer of 2005 caused 595 oil spills that released an estimated 9 million gallons of oil into the gulf, much of that from oil storage facilities on the shores.
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Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | July 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's where McCain and Obama differ. McCain is old oil all the way - Obama is for developing new technology. OLD vs. NEW, both are smart guys, but I think Obama has smarter advisers not tied to Big Oil.

A shame too, McCain used to be more into newer stuff. Looks like politics is getting to him...damn!

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

We can't drill our way out of this one. With the way China and India and other countries are expanding economically the drilling of oil that is mentioned here will have little affect. The demand will get worse and eventualy outpace the supply. Just tighten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!!!

As for the "expansion of nuclear power", did you hear that France has had 2 spills in the past couple of weeks? I heard they leaked into their rivers!!! Whoa!!!! Imagine this happening in America? Yikes!!!

Posted by: Angelo | July 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I'd rather watch Stephen Colbert try to make McCain exciting ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Whether it's months or years before actual intelligence is found, we need to ANNOUNCE massive drilling in JakeD's head, in hopes of finding a real boy inside.

Posted by: Jiminy Cricket | July 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Whether it's months or years before the actual oil get barreled, we need to ANNOUNCE massive drilling off shore and in ANWR (as well as nuclear, wind, and other alternative sources of energy) to stamp down out-of-control oil future speculators.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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