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McCain and the Safety of Offshore Drilling


Dennis Knizley looks out on an oil rig beached just off of Dauphin Island, Ala., Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the island and brought the enormous structure a few hundred yards from shore. (AP Photo/Birmingham Post-Herald, Jan-Michael Stump)

Updated 6:12 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain says at every campaign stop that offshore oil drilling is safe, playing down the risk of environmental accidents, even when faced with the power of a hurricane.

"I'm aware that off the coast of Louisiana and Texas there are oil rigs, as we well know, and those rigs have survived, very successfully, the impacts of hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, as far as Louisiana's concerned," McCain said at a town hall in Michigan last week.

In an energy speech recently, 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. The government said there were a total of 146 small oil spills in federal waters caused by the storms.

A McCain spokesman said the oil rigs destroyed by the firms represented a small percentage of the thousands in the gulf, and noted that a government report concluded that "No shoreline or wildlife impacts were noted from these spills." He said the senator's comments about the lack of serious environmental problems were entirely consistent with the facts.

"Senator McCain is exactly right, offshore oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico stood up astoundingly well to the hurricanes. Of the 4,000 oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, relatively few sustained damage. According to the U.S. government's official report on the effect of Hurricane Rita and Katrina, 'no shoreline or wildlife impacts were noted from ... spills,'" McCain spokesman Taylor Griffin said. McCain advisers also said that government reports say offshore drilling remains very safe, with a a 99.999% safety record.

McCain is pushing his support for offshore oil drilling as a key difference between himself and Sen. Barack Obama, citing the need to do something to bring down the cost of gasoline.

But McCain has also attempted to portray himself as a friend of the environment. He often cites his belief that global warming is a real danger to the planet and that governments must find a way to curb the carbon emissions that are helping to accelerate the damage.

McCain had planned to tour oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana tomorrow as he visited with Gov. Bobby Jindal, a rising political star who is rumored to be on McCain's short list to be the vice presidential nominee. The campaign canceled the trip late Wednesday, saying the threat of Hurricane Dolly in the Gulf made a helicopter ride to the rig impossible.

It may not have helped things that a 600-foot tanker loaded with oil and a barge collided Wednesday in the Mississippi River in New Orleans, leaving a 12-mile long oil slick in the river and closing a 29-mile stretch of the river.

Television stations reported the stench of diesel fuel wafting across the French Quarter.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 23, 2008; 4:21 PM ET
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John McCain and big oil.

Twenty years after Exxon Valdez slimed over one thousand miles of Alaskan beaches, the company has yet to pay the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded by the jury. And now they won't have to. The Supreme Court today cut Exxon's liability by 90% to half a billion. It's so cheap, it's like a permit to spill.

Exxon knew this would happen. Right after the spill, I was brought to Alaska by the Natives whose Prince William Sound islands, livelihoods, and their food source was contaminated by Exxon crude. My assignment: to investigate oil company frauds that led to to the disaster. There were plenty.

But before we brought charges, the Natives hoped to settle with the oil company, to receive just enough compensation to buy some boats and rebuild their island villages to withstand what would be a decade of trying to survive in a polluted ecological death zone.

In San Diego, I met with Exxon's US production chief, Otto Harrison, who said, "Admit it; the oil spill's the best thing to happen" to the Natives.

His company offered the Natives pennies on the dollar. The oil men added a cruel threat: take it or leave it and wait twenty years to get even the pennies. Exxon is immortal - but Natives die.

And they did. A third of the Native fishermen and seal hunters I worked with are dead. Now their families will collect one tenth of their award, two decades too late.

In today's ruling, Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote that Exxon's recklessness was ''profitless'' - so the company shouldn't have to pay punitive damages. Profitless, Mr. Souter? Exxon and its oil shipping partners saved billions - BILLIONS - by operating for sixteen years without the oil spill safety equipment they promised, in writing, under oath and by contract.

The official story is, "Drunken Skipper Hits Reef." But don't believe it, Mr. Souter. Alaska's Native lands and coastline were destroyed by a systematic fraud motivated by profit-crazed penny-pinching.

Here's the unreported story, the one you won't get tonight on the Petroleum Broadcast System:

It begins in 1969 when big shots from Humble Oil and ARCO (now known as Exxon and British Petroleum) met with the Chugach Natives, owners of the most valuable parcel of land on the planet: Valdez Port, the only conceivable terminus for a pipeline that would handle a trillion dollars in crude oil.

These Alaskan natives ultimately agreed to sell the Exxon consortium this astronomically valuable patch of land -- for a single dollar.

The Natives refused cash. Rather, in 1969, they asked only that the oil companies promise to protect their Prince William Sound fishing and seal hunting grounds from oil.

In 1971, Exxon and partners agreed to place the Natives' specific list of safeguards into federal law. These commitments to safety reassured enough Congressmen for the oil group to win, by one vote, the right to ship oil from Valdez.


The oil companies repeated their promises under oath to the US Congress.

The spill disaster was the result of Exxon and partners breaking every one of those promises - cynically, systematically, disastrously, in the fifteen years leading up to the spill.

Forget the drunken skipper fable. As to Captain Joe Hazelwood, he was below decks, sleeping off his bender. At the helm, the third mate would never have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his Raycas radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker's radar was left broken and disasbled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was just too expensive to fix and operate.

For the Chugach, this discovery was poignantly ironic. On their list of safety demands in return for Valdez was "state-of-the-art" on-ship radar.

We discovered more, but because of the labyrinthine ways of litigation, little became public, especially about the reckless acts of the industry consortium, Alyeska, which controls the Alaska Pipeline.

Several smaller oil spills before the Exxon Valdez could have warned of a system breakdown. But a former Senior Lab Technician with Alyeska, Erlene Blake, told our investigators that management routinely ordered her to toss out test samples of water evidencing spilled oil. She was ordered to refill the test tubes with a bucket of clean sea water called, "The Miracle Barrel."
In a secret meeting in April 1988, Alyeska Vice-President T.L. Polasek confidentially warned the oil group executives that, because Alyeska had never purchased promised safety equipment, it was simply "not possible" to contain an oil spill past the Valdez Narrows -- exactly where the Exxon Valdez ran aground 10 months later.
The Natives demanded (and law requires) that the shippers maintain round- the-clock oil spill response teams. Alyeska hired the Natives, especiallly qualified by their generations-old knowledge of the Sound, for this emergency work. They trained to drop from helicopters into the water with special equipment to contain an oil slick at a moments notice. But in 1979, quietly, Alyeska fired them all. To deflect inquisitive state inspectors, the oil consortium created sham teams, listing names of oil terminal workers who had not the foggiest idea how to use spill equipment which, in any event, was missing, broken or existed only on paper.
In 1989, when the oil poured from the tanker, there was no Native response team, only chaos.
Today, twenty years after the oil washed over the Chugach beaches, you can kick over a rock and it will smell like an old gas station.

The cover story of the Drunken Captain serves the oil industry well. It falsely presents America's greatest environmental disaster as a tale of human frailty, a one-time accident. But broken radar, missing equipment, phantom spill teams, faked tests -- the profit-driven disregard of the law -- made the spill an inevitability, not an accident.

Yet Big Oil tells us, as they plead to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, as Senator John McCain calls for drilling off the shores of the Lower 48, it can't happen again.

They promise.

Greg Palast is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow for Investigative Reporting at the Nation Institute, New York. Read and view his investigations for BBC Television at www.GregPalast.com. An earlier version of this report originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Photos by James Macalpine (1993).


Posted by: Luke Wright | July 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

THE MEDIA TRAVELED WITH OBAMA ALL AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR A STORY OF A BIG GAFFE AND THERE WASN'T ANY. NOW THERE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR OWN GAFFES ON HIS SPEECH IN BERLIN. ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HIM SEEMING TO PERSUMPTIOUS, AND AMERICAN VOTERS MIGHT NOT LIKE IT. NOBODY TOLD THE MEDIA THEY SHOULD GO WITH HIM AROUND THE WORLD HOPING FOR A BIG STORY AND BE UPSET THAT THEY DIDN'T GET ONE. IF THEY WANTED A STORY THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME WITH MCCAIN HE'S MADE GAFFES ALL WEEK. MCCAIN SAID THAT IRAQ BORDERS AFGANISTAN, MCCAIN SAID THAT THE SURGE BEGAN THE ANBAR AWAKENING AND HE SAID THAT A 16 MONTH TIMETABLE WAS A PRETTY GOOD IDEA. HOWEVER, THESE WERE GAFFES ON MCCAIN AND NOT OBAMA, THEREFORE THEIR NOT IMPORTANT. ONLY OBAMA'S GAFFES GET PLAYED ON THE AIR REPEATEDLY. SOON THEY WILL START RUNNING POLLS OF OBAMA'S WORLD TRIP. ITS FUNNY HOW THE MEDIA CRITICIZES OBAMA'S SUCCESS ABROAD WITH ALL OF THE FANS AND ANXIOUS LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD HOPING FOR AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AS BEING PRESUMPTIOUS INSTEAD OF THE RESULT OF A GREAT LEADER. MAYBE THE MEDIA LIKES THE IDEA OF HAVING OUR PRESIDENT HATED OR DON'T WANT TO BE THE BEACON OF HOPE AROUND THE WORLD AFTER ALL.

SEE MCCAIN EAT HIS WORDS AND SIGN ON TO OBAMAS 16 MONTH WITHDRAWL.

MCCAIN SAID A 16 MONTH TIMETABLE IN IRAQ WOULD BE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA:
WATCH

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xRGl7UjSL_U


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Posted by: b07qfu8624 | July 26, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Mccain admits Obama's 16 month withdrawl plan is a pretty good idea.

Mccain flips flops again. Mccain was touting all week how the surge succeeded because of the surge violence in Iraq is down. If the surge succeeded and violence is down because of the surge why must we stay according to conditions on the ground?
Watch Mccain undercut his own argument and agree to Obama's plan:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xRGl7UjSL_U

Posted by: Linda | July 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Today on a Cnn interview Mccain was asked if he was president and PM Maliki was still the PM and insisted on the troops leaving would he agree with him. Mccain first accused Maliki of saying he wanted a troop withdrawl to win the election in Iraq, Yet another attack from Mccain stating everybody is willing to lose a war to win an election. This was the same attack he accused Obama . Mccain went on to say that Maliki wanted a 16 month withdrawl according to conditions on the ground inwhich Maliki didn't say was was conditional. Then he said he knows PM Maliki very well and said he wouldn't withdrawl the troops. Wolf Splitzer asked why not and Mccain said he wont. I think Mccain is being very arrogant and he is guilty of the same attackes he accusing Obama of the surge. Mccain has not acknowledge that President Bush and Maliki has agreed to a timetable for withdrawl and PM Malikits latest statements of wanting the troops out in 2010. Mccain also without hesitation said he would move the capital of Isreal to Jeruselum as soon as he became president. You guys really need to see this interview with Mccain and Wolf Blitzer Mccain has made allot of controversial statements..

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Posted by: rqmmdm01uc | July 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Apparently there was an oil spill today in Louisana so I don't know how safe it is." It was caused by a boat wrecking into a tanker, tankers being the largest cause of oil spills. It is quite logical to continue to take tanker delivered oil from the Mideast and leave our oil in the ground, right...

Posted by: Dave | July 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone feel the sensation of deja vu?" Yes, it is called the Carter administration...

Posted by: Dave | July 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"If the media wasn't so busy putting Obama under the microscope, an honest assessment of McCain would have guaranteed Obama's victory already." This statement sir is rich, are you serious?

Posted by: Dave | July 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"The rest of us do not want our land to be like that of Tejas. You can keep that stuff to yourselves." Then why don't you stop driving, stop using anything that uses oil as it's basis, anything plastic, anything with any sort of motor in it, your computer you wrote your comment on, etc. Or are you a "not in my back yard" kind of person?


Posted by: Dave | July 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Are YOU not an "earthling"?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

You earthlings just don't get it do you! You are oil junkies! You are trying to come off alcohol by using methadone.McCaine is alcohal and Oboma is methodone.(not that they aren't trying to get it right)You have to come down easy off it, not bump and grind. Look at us!! We have studied your earthley residents, and know your enviorment is rejecting emission pollutiants.The real solution is like putting algie eating fish,and snails in the Florida river to combat the over abundance of algie due to fertilizer run off into the river.Its becomming dead.Take the excess money appropreated to help the poor since the rich are getting it all.
Put in a National Rapid transit in the shape of a spider web on to of the United States, that's looking down at you like a crop circle.Run by magnets, the fastest you have, and least expensive. Last but not least, take the money earened from your new oil well on the Alaska reserve when it is in place, and put it into the failing social security that was paid into from working, from age 16.The money goes first to the ones who paid into it, no child labor, especially if they are elderley and unabled to work.Including disabled war veterans, and families needing medical insurance.Comming down easy is the best way. And if I said I was a Martinet you would not believe me anyway. You are a magnanimous,loving country.And the leadership,and guidance you have given to other countries,you should now give to yourselves.Build new water dam' s to build new lakes to store more water for future referances. Have a safe landing.

Posted by: Martricia Patricia | July 25, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So a newspaper reports significant oil spillage from hurricane damaged rigs and its labeled as "fake" and "liberal media bias" just because it conflicts with your limited version of reality? I guess it's true that McCain's base supporters are "low information" folks - there is no way a person can ever learn,grow or mature as a person while harnessed to such a narrow minded attitude. Good luck with that, but please consider not dragging down America while you're struggling with this problem.

Posted by: wha - huh? | July 25, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

the fact is, this article is nothing but Obama propoganda and biased toward the left. They quote mcCain out of context and use some fake facts to make him look bad. How come nobody asking about Obamas fake birth certificate? Buried by the liberal bias media.

Posted by: Gary Ruppert | July 25, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

You want your SUVs, your homes cooled to 70degrees in the summer and 78 degrees in the winter, you want to live 50 miles from your job, and you want the solitude of your morning drive. You want to cry about the sinister GW Bush and yet you take his advice when he says that your part in combating terrorism is to go shopping. You sit back in your lazy boy chair watching your plasma screen while someone else's child fights the wars that give you the lifestyle you enjoy. Freaking hypocrites. So how do we transition ourself from oil?; remember we just don't get gasoline from oil. It's in almost everything we use.

Posted by: David | July 24, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

David said: I live on the Texas coast and we have offshore drilling. What makes the rest of you so special that you won't even consider it.

The rest of us do not want our land to be like that of Tejas. You can keep that stuff to yourselves.

Posted by: Mark | July 24, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The Dept. of Energy says that allowing offshore drilling closer to the mainland will have not have an effect on prices until 2030 at the earliest. By that time we should have moved to alternative fuels and plug-in hybrids. Why does McCain lie about the pollution and the cost savings? If the media wasn't so busy putting Obama under the microscope, an honest assessment of McCain would have guaranteed Obama's victory already.

Posted by: Neil Bush's Saving and Loan Cost taxpayers billions | July 24, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I live on the Texas coast and we have offshore drilling. What makes the rest of you so special that you won't even consider it. Are you the same people who live in the suburbs and drive SUVs, have three autos, and live in a mcmansion, and won't let your little johnny join the military. Bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: David | July 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain trying to beat out Bush at being the worlds biggest liar?!?

McCain - stop being a coward - end the Republican lies!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse


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Just look at that picture. We've got to be strong, step up and say HELL NO to offshore drilling. Who wants that off of our coastlines?...
Posted by: Luke | July 24, 2008 1:42 AM

I understand your concern, but the US is perhaps the only one on earth who has stopped offshore drilling.
Why should everyone else drills their oil off their coastlines for the US consumers when we ourselves don't?
If you don't want offshore drilling at least have the decency and stop driving until the electric cars come along.

Posted by: pete | July 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The shortage of oil isn't the problem, the problem is that we need to move to renewable energy sources.

The shortage of oil may be the planet telling us something. We should catch a clue.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 24, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Please help understanding this McExpress Talk!

In an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric on Tuesday, July 21, 2008 McCain said: "We've succeeded. And we will come home in victory. And it'll be based on conditions. But al-Qaida is not defeated. They're on the run, but they're not defeated. So we have to be prepared to continue to do what's necessary to succeed. ... But we have succeeded in the strategy. There's no doubt about it.

Posted by: jesse | July 24, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Just look at that picture. We've got to be strong, step up and say HELL NO to offshore drilling. Who wants that off of our coastlines? It won't solve our energy problem anyway. And an oil spill just as McCain is about to speak about it? Haha. I feel sorry for McCain. He is beginning to be viewed as a joke. His campaign is comically bad and will go down as one of the worst in recent history. He should be glad that the media is ignoring him, it's the only thing keeping him in the race. Otherwise people would see just how incompetent he really is.

Posted by: Luke | July 24, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Can we trust what Mccain say's anymore? This whole week was a plus for Obama with his world tour and Mccain has misspoke one after the next. Mccain doesn't give himself time to get over the first or second gaffe before he's out on the stump making yet another gaffe. Mccain is pathetic. I think Mccain supporters just feel sorry for him because its just no way anybody can think he would be a good president. Just no way.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, were supposed to believe the things he was set against off oil drilling is the same inwhich he supports now. It seems as though Mccain is just telling a bunch of lies. He lied about the surge creating the Anbar Awakening then later said it protected the Sunni Sheik when he was assasinated after the surge. Now he's saying there were no oil spills after Hurricanes when there were 113 spills. These days you can't trust anything the Mccain says. He's always contradicted either by the media or his campaign. No Mcidiot.

Posted by: Blake | July 24, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I must remind you that the congress was democratically controlled in 1992.

Just a decade before we had the complete disaster of Jimmy Carter, democrat. Who is probably the worst president in modern times...for many reasons which I will not list here...let's just say STAGFLATION

Posted by: | July 23, 2008 9:26 PM
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actually, the OPEC Oil Embargo started under Nixon, based on the "73 Isreali Wart. Inflation was blowing up big time and the Head of the Council of Economic Advisors (Rumsfeld) proposed Price controls, which whipsawed the economy, wherein Ford initiated the W.I.N debacle (Whip Inflation Now). Carter inherited the disaster that was the Republican economy of the early '70's. Carter was the one who appointed Paul Volkerr, whom was the one who choked inflation out of the economy, which Reagan inherited (re-appointed). He more than Greenspan is considered the genius at the Fed.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 24, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

So why was his meeting with the exorcist cancelled? Was it the storm, or the spill? Either way, great timing, McCain! No need to answer any questions about anything. Yeesh.

Posted by: Susan | July 23, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for racist people, McCain would be toast. McCain thanks God everyday for racist people, because they are his base now.

Posted by: playa | July 23, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Hay, it was his birthday.

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I can't blame McCain for his misunderstanding about how much damage Katrina caused to oil rigs in the gulf. After all, he is old and has the expected memory problems for a man of his age.
Posted by: Don | July 23, 2008 9:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame McCain for his misunderstanding about how much damage Katrina caused to oil rigs in the gulf. After all, he is old and has the expected memory problems for a man of his age.

Posted by: Don | July 23, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Jan 20, 2009
The end of a Republican era
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I must remind you that the congress was democratically controlled in 1992.

Just a decade before we had the complete disaster of Jimmy Carter, democrat. Who is probably the worst president in modern times...for many reasons which I will not list here...let's just say STAGFLATION

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The following is from the above mentioned article. READ CAREFULLY!

"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. The government said there were a total of 146 small oil spills in federal waters caused by the storms."

McChange/Romney 2008!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCon! | July 23, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse


It does say "7 Million gallons from OIL STORAGE FACILITES" not the oil rigs themselves...

I guess they forgot that SEWAGE, along with much other wastes and chemicals also were "spilled" from the Hurricane. It's called Hurricane Induced FLOODING! They were NOT Spilled, they were consumed by flood waters which overcame the storage and natural waste facilites. It happens every time it floods, that's why they say "Don't swim in the water! It's contaminated!"

Read the Article VERY Carefully...

Posted by: READ CAREFULLY | July 23, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Jan 20, 2009
The end of a Republican era


They told us that if we help out the wealthy and large corporations
then everything will turn out great for the rest of us.
They never explained how Exxon's $14 billion dollar quarterly profit
from high gas prices is making my life better.

The told us that deficits don't matter. They never explained
that deficits cause a weak dollar which causes high oil and gas
prices.

They told us that if they continue to drill for oil in environmentally
sensitive areas, then price of oil would drop because of supply and demand.
Yet they didn't tell that they were making counterproductive efforts to increase
demand by eliminating alernative energy choices that would have benefitted
us all (who killed the electric car?).

They told us that an unregulated market is best for the consumer.
They didn't tell us that the push for this was by lobbyists with
bad intent, such as subprime mortgage lenders who organized deceptive
contracts written in a way that only a trained lawyer could understand
the fine details of.

They told us that Democrats are big spenders and the Republicans are
conservatives. They didn't tell us that the one Democrat who
managed to get in the White House in the last 28 years happened
to be the only person to balance the budget ever in this time
of Republican dominance.

They told us that if we started a war with Iraq, the people of the
country would welcome us for freeing them and we would also benefit
from a much lower cost of oil. They didn't tell us that they were
lying.

And now they tell me that the only solution to fixing our economy is
more of the same old economic policies. They warn us that if a Democrat
like Obama wins, then things will get much much worse. Does anyone
feel the sensation of deja vu?

Maybe some of us remember 1992, when the economy was in (at best) in
mediocre condition, and these same people fervently warned us of
the dangers of putting a Democrat like Bill Clinton in the White House.
Oh yes, they wanted to make it very clear that things would only get
much worse, and when they lost the election, they were preparing their
attack to prove their point. "Don't blame me, I voted for Bush" was the
bumper sticker they all so arrogantly and confidently displayed on their
cars. But how quickly these people changed their tune when their
prophecies of economic disaster turned out to be obviously wrong.
As America enjoyed the most booming economy it had seen in a long
time, these same people tried to argue that it was due to nothing
Clinton did. They said the economy was due to the policies that the
previous Republican administrations set up.

And after Clinton left office and a new Republican comes
in, the economy took a dive, and the Republicans tried again and
again to explain why it's not their fault. Do they have any
credibility whatsoever?

Ladies and gentlemen, January 20, 2009 marks the end of the
Republican error. And I promise you, the whole way there we
are going to hear the Republicans kicking and screaming to explain
why the Democratic policies are all wrong, just as they did back
in 1992. And when President Obama officially takes his position
in the White House, don't be surprised to see bumper stickers
saying "Don't blame me, I voted for McCain". Friends, I bring
you this political harbinger because those who forget history are
doomed to repeat it. Rest assured, things will begin to get much
better starting 6 months from now. God Bless Obama and the
Democratic party!

Posted by: TheBullDozer | July 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

All solutions create new problems. We have brown outs now. Imagine a city with over a million cars need in to be plugged in at the same time. Most people would recharge at night. Can you imagine that kind of juice being pulled along with the rest of the usage? I have already heard it discussed privately that we will need whole new Infrastructure. These kinds of changes are monumental. It is nice to tell people all this Buck Rogers stuff is possible like Al Gore likes to do, but the problems are huge. Hell, we can't fix out public water systems in most cities.

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It's the control of greed and corruption in Big everything that will solve the energy and other problems... not electric cars.
How long do you think it would take for Mr. Big to take control of electricity profits?

Posted by: Mr. Big | July 23, 2008 7:59 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

well that is a relief. I had always heard it was dangerous.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 23, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole thing is moot anyway. I doubt any oil company is spending one cent looking for or drilling for oil when they can just buy it resell it and make a profit. Why would they want to flood the market with cheap oil? What is in it for them? Unless they are government subsidized it aint happening anyway. You can tell them they can go drill tomorrow and they won't do it.

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This is all so confusing... even though the oil producing countries assure us that there is plenty of capacity and therefore no tangible explanation to them for the escalating costs... speculators have been allowed to run amock and drive the prices up in western economies.
With Big Oil having finally attained a price level that allows them the luxurious profits they feel they deserve, the push is on to open up environmentally vulnerable oil fields so that they can now reap the biggest harvest they have in decades.
The money they invested in the oil wars will soon be a mere drop in the bucket.
Yes... it's all so confusing.

Posted by: TerrifiedCitizen | July 23, 2008 7:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I no longer believe anything he says. Not one thing.

Posted by: Susan | July 23, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

It's the control of greed and corruption in Big everything that will solve the energy and other problems... not electric cars.
How long do you think it would take for Mr. Big to take control of electricity profits?

Posted by: Mr. Big | July 23, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

This is all so confusing... even though the oil producing countries assure us that there is plenty of capacity and therefore no tangible explanation to them for the escalating costs... speculators have been allowed to run amock and drive the prices up in western economies.
With Big Oil having finally attained a price level that allows them the luxurious profits they feel they deserve, the push is on to open up environmentally vulnerable oil fields so that they can now reap the biggest harvest they have in decades.
The money they invested in the oil wars will soon be a mere drop in the bucket.
Yes... it's all so confusing.

Posted by: TerrifiedCitizen | July 23, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It is my hope that a electric car will be developed. I appreciate your thoughts.

Posted by: BITTER AND CLINGING | July 23, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Who is going to do it? Even the youngest people on this board will not see it in their life times. If you get a chance see if you can find some old Popular Science or Popular Mechanics or Mechanics illustrated magazines maybe at a garage sale that are from the 50's or 60's you will find all the same stuff being discussed. Very little has ever come to pass. We drive cars today that are not technically not that different then a car from the 1920's. It may have some computer assistance but the principles are all the same. even an electric car still needs to be redesigned from the ground up, not just a modified gas car. 93% of the power from a cars power plant is lost through the inertia just to move the car. A car should be able to be pushed on a level surface by a child with one hand. The best car on the road today is technology is an antique the day it rolled out of the show room.


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We should do it all solar, wind, nuclear, drill everywhere, alternatives. I do not have the luxury of purchasing solar panels and wind turbines as I cannot afford it. I also have to drive 100 miles each day to work and no public transportation available. I think that nuclear power and electric cars that can go 70+ mph and go for 200+ miles without a recharge are the answer.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I would add that they are the only ones who can get the oil...who else is gonna do it? The goverment...I do not think so, they would screw that up just like every other program they attempt to run.

I believe the goverment bureaucracy is full of liberals who flock there because they do not have to work very hard. As a result of this infestation, they have ruined our goverment services

Posted by: BITTER AND CLINGING | July 23, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Kissing the oil industry's a$$? Umm...What industry do you work in BEND OVER? Cause...I think maybe it's getting it's A$$ kissed too...so we should destroy it.

All those graduates from college making $80K /yr at Exxon...to hell with them. You guys should take a look at the Exxon Annual report. Of the $400 BILLION in revenue...~200 BILLION towards oil purchases. ~$100 billion in taxes and duties. Then....tens of billions in wages and capital. Then...there's $40 billion left over in profit (which gets returned to shareholders, get's reinvested, etc). So....they are EVIL??

The media and democrats would have you believe they pay nothing in taxes....seems to me like we should definitely shut them down and see how we make up the shortfall in taxes simply from EM.

Idiots.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | July 23, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The fact is we can make a 180 degree change if the American people even

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We should do it all solar, wind, nuclear, drill everywhere, alternatives. I do not have the luxury of purchasing solar panels and wind turbines as I cannot afford it. I also have to drive 100 miles each day to work and no public transportation available. I think that nuclear power and electric cars that can go 70+ mph and go for 200+ miles without a recharge are the answer.

Posted by: bitter and clinging | July 23, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

four presidential surveys released today find Obama leading in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota AND New Jersey. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/23/wednesday-polls-2/

Posted by: Dan | July 23, 2008 5:58 PM

OK, it is essentially tied. At the same time Mondale was ahead by over 10 points and he lost very badly. With the mainstream media in the tank for Obama, he should be alot higher than he is. Here are the current polls.

Florida Rasmussen McCain 47, Obama 49 Obama +2.0
Colorado Rasmussen Obama 50, McCain 47 Obama +3.0
National Gallup Tracking Obama 46, McCain 42 Obama +4.0
National Rasmussen Tracking Obama 47, McCain 45 Obama +2.0
Virginia PPP (D) Obama 46, McCain 44 Obama +2.0

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse


The fact is we can make a 180 degree change if the American people even cared. It should be the patriotic thing to do to conserve and protect our country till we can get ourselves out of this mess regardless how we do it. We need to do it on a personal basis. I have solar water heating and use almost no air conditioning because my house has been modified to not need it using thermal mass to cool the house. My electric this month was $46.00. I also have modified my car as well as my driving to such an extent I fill up only every 5 or 6 weeks. The house I am building in north Florida right now on 26 acres I have there will be completely self sufficient through solar and wind as well as design innovation. It is even poured concrete and hurricane proof. We will even be growing our own organic food. I have a deal with a guy who is going to farm it for me and we will be partners on the food and profits. Want a better life, you have to do it yourself and in the end you will benefit everyone else. We improve the world one at a time starting with ourselves.

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Yes the Democrats have made our economy vulnerable to hurricanes in the Gulf each hear and to dysfunctional dictators. Having our own oil, coal and nuclear power are huge and would fuel our economy in a big way. What's good for Americans is bad for Democrats like success in Iraq.

Posted by: MIke | July 23, 2008 6:36 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

THE KATRINA OIL SPILLS WERE CAUSE BY ON-SHORE FACILITIES...NONE FROM THE OIL RIGS.

Posted by: BITTER AND CLINGING | July 23, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

How did I know that the left wing nuts would dispute this and call McCain a liar.

NO OIL SPILLS FROM OFFSHORE RIGS DURING KATRINA. That hurricane went thru the heart of oil rig country in the gulf. This issue is death to the left for this election cycle...can't run and you can't hide and especially we will not let your lies go unchallenged.

From the environmental literacy council:

Spills and accidents tend to get a great deal of publicity when they occur, yet they actually account for a very small percentage of total oil pollution. According to the 2003 National Research Council (NRC) report, Oil in the Sea III: Inputs, Fates, and Effects, 70 percent of anthropogenic source oil that reaches ocean waters is the result of consumer use; in North America it is closer to 85 percent. Much of this oil enters the ocean from runoff related to oil use inland, especially from the transportation sector - a classic example of a non-point source polluter.

It should be noted that human activity is not solely responsible for oil pollution in the oceans. The NRC estimates that nearly half of the oil that enters the world's oceans is the result of natural processes, including from natural seepage. Though a vast amount of oil enters the ocean from this little-understood phenomenon, it does not appear harmful; however, it does change the surrounding environment. Yet, over time, organisms living in these areas adapt and create ecosystems in which they can survive, and even thrive. Scientists continue to study this phenomenon to better understand how oil changes the way the organisms live.

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes or floods, can also cause of oil spills. For example, Hurricane Katrina was responsible for the release of more than 7 million gallons of oil into the ecosystem, originating from oil storage facilities, processing plants, and pipelines. In 2007, flooding in Kansas caused over 40,000 gallons of crude oil from a refinery to spill into flood waters, threatening both the local ecosystem and drinking water.

Posted by: BITTER AND CLINGING | July 23, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Does not change the fact that Mccain just plain lies or is so ill informed he should not even be commenting.

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I believe over half a million gallons have been spilt in the gulf due to hurricanes in just the last few years. We have just been lucky it didn't come into a coast line. Mccain is just plain lying.
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Yes the Democrats have made our economy vulnerable to hurricanes in the Gulf each hear and to dysfunctional dictators. Having our own oil, coal and nuclear power are huge and would fuel our economy in a big way. What's good for Americans is bad for Democrats like success in Iraq.

Posted by: MIke | July 23, 2008 6:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I believe over half a million gallons have been spilt in the gulf due to hurricanes in just the last few years. We have just been lucky it didn't come into a coast line. Mccain is just plain lying.
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Yes the Democrats have made our economy vulnerable to hurricanes in the Gulf each hear and to dysfunctional dictators. Having our own oil, coal and nuclear power are huge and would fuel our economy in a big way. What's good for Americans is bad for Democrats like success in Iraq.

Posted by: MIke | July 23, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe over half a million gallons have been spilt in the gulf due to hurricanes in just the last few years. We have just been lucky it didn't come into a coast line. Mccain is just plain lying.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

It's safer than Middle East oil, that's for sure!

Still, we need to remove ourselves from the oil economy as soon as possible and anything that enables us in our addiction to the black goo concerns me.

I'm a little conflicted on the whole thing. I don't want to pay a ton for gas, but we'll all going to have to tighten our belts sooner or later. It might be best to rip off the band, AL GORE-style.

Posted by: Andy Boyle | July 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Not only does McCain lie about the safety of oil drilling rigs during hurricanes, when confronted with the facts (595 out of 4000 damaged; 9 million gallons of oil spilled) his campaign lies and calls it insignificant when confronted with the facts. And the MSM lets him get by with these "oil drilling is safe" lines for weeks before burying this small article on the blogs. And Obama is the press favorite?

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 23, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

four presidential surveys released today find Obama leading in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota AND New Jersey. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/23/wednesday-polls-2/

Posted by: Dan | July 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The emphasis should be on alterntive sources of energy. Oil is a finite resource. Has anyone thought to improve the air car? They are up and running in Europe.

Posted by: Passin Thru | July 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't the Republicans ever get tired of all their lies?!?

Republicans are not fit to be in leadership roles in america - but I'm sure they'd fit right in to those roles in Iran or Russia.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

12-mile long oil slick? McCain doesn't care because he lives in Washington, and his friends live in Arizona and Texas and they gonna be making boat loads of money. It's the little guys that suffer. But McCain seys you have to vote for him because he was a POW in Vietnam and if you don't vote for him you're an Al Qaida sympathizer.

Posted by: Playa | July 23, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

LMFAO! McLame's timing is worse than mine with my first wife's sister~

"Oil drilling is safe yada yada yada..." I wonder who turned the spigot the wrong way today?

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 23, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Can you believe there was a massive oil spill the day before McCain's political photo-op at an oil rig?

Poor guy. I would feel sorry for such bad luck if he weren't lying and spewing the same old oil industry-backed propaganda about the need for more (and more and more and more) land to drill on (as they sit on 68,000,000 acres and export most of what they drill in the US).


Posted by: Shawn | July 23, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

A 12-mile long oil slick earlier today? That's no big deal to McCain. Two storms in the summer of 2005 that caused 595 oil spills and released an estimated 9 million gallons of oil into the gulf? Does this even bother McCain? No way! This doesn't even phase him! Why? He's a friend of the environment!!! Yeah, that's right, he's a huge Enviromentalist, says right here in this Washington Post article. And listen, in no way is he being bought and sold by the lobbyists of Big Oil Coroporations! No way! Off-Shore oil drilling is gonna help the common man and lower the cost of gas in 10-15 years! You betcha! And to top it off its safe to drill for oil off the coast says McCain! That's right, its safe for the enviroment! Hell its probably even good for it! McCain '08 Baby! The Straight-Talk Express has never been any straighter!

Posted by: Billy the Gulf Shrimp, LA | July 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there was an oil spill today in Louisana so I don't know how safe it is.

Posted by: Michelle | July 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't know how to tell the truth. It's their habit to just make up something they think we want to hear, instead of telling the truth.

Hopefully these Republican criminals will all end up behind bars.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain says oil drilling is safe? I think wind power is safer...and non-polluting. Instead of kissing the oil industry's a**, he should be touting clean, renewable, and green power. However, he can't. It's not in his genes...he is a big business anti-technology old fart who has to take naps 3-4 times a day. We do not need an old man leading our country. We need exciting, new innovative ideas and IDEALS.

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 23, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Who are you and what have you done with Mr Shear?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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