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McCain Has His Oil Rig Moment


Sen. John McCain talks to reporters after touring the Chevron Genesis Oil Rig Platform in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, La., Aug. 19, 2008. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

By Perry Bacon, Jr.
GULF OF MEXICO -- Last month, a hurricane and an oil spill derailed Sen. John McCain's plans to tout his newfound support for offshore drilling on an oil rig.

But this morning, McCain and his traveling aide, Brooke Buchanan -- along with eight members of the press -- crowded into a helicopter, flew an hour through sunny skies and landed on Genesis, an oil production facility 150 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. Standing on the 700 foot platform that produces more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee wore an orange hat and black safety goggles, declaring "that was great" at the end of a brief tour of the Chevron-operated rig.

"When I'm president, there will be a whole lot more like this, not only here in the Gulf, but also off of our east and west coasts," McCain said in brief remarks to the press. "We need to drill offshore. We need to do it now. If I were president, I would call the members [of congress] back into session and tell them get back to work."

He added, "Senator Obama opposes new drilling. He has said it will not 'solve our problem' and that 'it's not real.' He's wrong, and the American people know it. I hope he'll seize the opportunity to come out and pay a visit like this one and I think it would probably change his mind."

Obama, along with many experts in the field, has argued oil drilling won't reduce gas prices in the short term, although McCain's opponent has said he could support drilling as part of a compromise to pass broader energy legislation.

But McCain touts his support of offshore drilling everywhere, and his visit here was the most striking declaration of that position. The tour was very brief, as officials here spent about a half-hour explaining to him how oil and natural gas are extracted and produced at the rig.

McCain spent more time traveling to the rig than he did on the platform, where he read remarks an aide had prepared for what was essentially a photo-op at sea.

The candidate seemed to enjoy it. After walking several flights of stairs, he offered the huffing and puffing reporters trailing him water, but pronounced himself ready to go. He gave his statement, enthusiastically thanked the Chevron employees and squeezed back into the Sikorsky S-76 to head back to New Orleans.

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Comments

McCain's head must be filled with oil....it would explain the biohazardous face.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

More liked a "Rigged" Moment.

What a fraud McCain has become!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

We shall see a continued shift by the forked tongue candidate B. Husein Obama as he wiggles his way to support the offshore drilling initiative. The people of America demand it, and they have seen he and Pelosi fumble and babble in trying to explain their mistake. The little green people shall hold them hostage over their previous commitments, and when they try to speak with the forked tongue, both the voters will be upset and the little green people will not support the Chosen One.

And so it was written...

Posted by: Nostradamas | August 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Correction,

I imeediately noticed I made a mistake. The 100 trillion $$ is the retail value but the actual shift it has been said is 1 trillion$$$$

Posted by: Megadonx | August 20, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

No, McCain is not the one pushing offshore drilling. THe American people are the ones supporting this idea. It has been pushed as the solution to our IMEEDIATE needs by experts, so to speak and people want more oil. This is said to be the solution to the oil prices short term and it is said this will be an improvement from drilling in other less secure areas. It is said this will keep monies in America. If what was said earlier is true about 2 million barrels a day then this is 100 trillion $$$ that will stay here instead of going off (bye bye) overseas.

Posted by: Megadonx | August 20, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"McCain is bought and paid for by the
lobby"

My my another person with a conspiracy theory. You guys have to start talking reality. You sound like everyone is against you. WHat an outlook in life. THe only problem you should be considering is do you really have a choice? Obama is not the candidate for America.

Posted by: Megadonx | August 20, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

OBama = Farakan

Posted by: Megadonx | August 20, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"After walking several flights of stairs, he offered the huffing and puffing reporters trailing him water, but pronounced himself ready to go"

Perry's working on his bonus.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Wait, John McCain supports off-shore drilling? I hadn't heard that.

Posted by: PJ | August 20, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

If Reagan had never been elected we would have been energy independent years ago. Reagan killed the Carter energy initiatives.

Posted by: Rich | August 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to drill a hole in McCain's head and let out all of the hot air, the dumb old man is getting goofy.

McCain is bought and paid for by the lobbyist and Big Oil industries, just like his fellow Repukelicans Shrub and Dirty Darth Cheney are.

Posted by: Dick Cheney before he dicks you | August 20, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

TODAY'S $64,000 DOLLAR QUESTION!


John McBush: Senile or Insane?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW4msHu_9EQ

Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 20, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Keep Drilling Until You're Silly!

A must litmus test!

Posted by: theaz | August 20, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I challenge McCain to quit lieing.

Posted by: Arny | August 19, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

The oil companies are not using much of the land they already have leased, what makes McCain think that they will fully use this? The oil companies are not interested in discovering too much oil, that would only lower gas prices resulting in lower profits. Expanding drilling will not make much of a difference at all to the rest of us. The facts are here:

http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/images/stories/Documents/truth_about_americas_energy.pdf

Posted by: Don | August 19, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

All that in a one year

Posted by: jennifer | August 19, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Tommy Birchfield:

2,000,000 barrels at 24 gallons of gasoline plus 2,000,000 * 10 gallons of diesel a day

that is a lot of fuel not to mention the other component parts in a barrel of fuel.

If you multiply this out that is a ton of money most staying right here in the great USA. Just sounds great to me :)

$ retail sales of gasoline $69014400000
$ retail sales of Diesel $32760000000

so about $100 trillion dollars in oil.

Not too bad right Tommy??

Posted by: jennifer | August 19, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see that drooling old foosil McCain is down in New Orleans, maybe McCain can take a few minutes off from humping that oil rig for a while and go give a speech to the people of New Orleans telling them about his "heroic response" to Hurricane Katrina?


WHERE WERE YOU ON JAN 29, 2005?

THESE TWO "ELITIST'S" WERE EATING BIRTHDAY CAKE.
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http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/tim_timroff/?action=view¤t=bush_hurricane_cake-1.jpg

Posted by: Republicanism is a fatal disease | August 19, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Alternative energy developments are good to talk about and to pursue. but realistically, they can achieve to replace the conventional power generation by just a few percent. The current experience in wind farms in the state of Texas, solar power developments in Germany and the bio-fuel production in the Midwest seem to indicate that. Nuclear plants can generate more power, but they are costly and time consuming to build and have to be accident free. Overall, all these alternative developments are sophisticated and expensive. If we believe that our nation is broke, we better hold on something which is realistic and reliable, i.e. drilling oil from our own land , building nuclear power plants as many as possible and making use of most plentiful coal reserve and wood for heating, electricity and reviving our industry.

Posted by: austin c | August 19, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Donx,

Obama is about as slick of a politician as I've ever seen. The beauty of Reagan was that, like Pacino said in Devil's Advocate, they never saw him coming. The Bush people have always acted stupider than they really are. Clinton was supposed to be a weak, bleeding heart liberal but he scrwd the Russians and expanded NATO every chance he got. Success is setting expectations low and exceeding them. You want your enemies to underestimate you. Obama is good. Real good.

That isn't the issue. The issue is: if Islamic Extremism and Nuclear non-proliferation are the two biggest threats to Western Civilization, and if the Russians have really good intel on that stuff, then we don't we form a real partnership with the Russians. That would basically eliminate the three biggest threats we face. Build the missile defense thing in Poland *with them*. Joint venture.

Is the goal national security- or is it to maximize arm sales by artificially prolonging the cold war, and in doing so, keeping tensions high in the gulf so that the price of oil remains high.

Bush and Putin are both shifty arms dealing oil men. I don't trust either. McCain is Bush on steroids. And he's got scores to settle. For all we know Russians could have interrogated him and tortured him. Part of his military records are still unreleased.

Obama will do fine. You don't become Pres of Law Review at Harvard unless you are pretty sharp.

But, hey, it's an election year- have fun with it. We should talk trash in here on these boards so that when we go to parties and bars we don't have to talk politics there. Some of the Hillary people go ballistic- especially after a couple of drinks!

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Yea, don't anyone read anymore, "OLD MAN RIVER" grabbing for air..."Not ENOUGH OIL OFF SHORE TO DRILL FOR." Doesn't anyone ever read the newest article by Paul Krugman of the NYTimes last week that talked about how minuscue the oil is, not enough there to make a difference and talked about getting Ooh if we where lucky 2,000,000 Barrels a day, when the U.S. COMSUMES, 5 MILLION BARRELS A DAY!

So Two hundred thousand barrels that "OLD MAN RIVER IS TRYING TO SELL YOU...."Not enough there to make a damn difference, so be sure now you listen some more to "OLD MAN RIVER, who voted against The Minumim Wage Increase, "AGainst Insuring "KIDS/American's of the "WORkING POOR/TWICE, and "VOTED AGAINST THE New G.I. BILL/RECORD/McCain/FACTS.

So Be sure now YOU RUN and Vote Republican again, after all, the republicans "BLEW IT BUSH WITH HIS 20% JOB APPROVAL RATING have RUINED THE U.S. Economy, and IMAGE AROUND THE WORLD/FACT!

..."True Patriotism, "HATES INJUSTICE IN ITS OWN LAND, "MORE, "THAN ANYWHERE ELSE."
---Clarence Darrow

"THROW THE REPUBICANS OUT!

..."This registered Voter/Vet USAF, is "VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA, who needs your "VOTE and YOUR HELP."

..."A Time Comes, "WHEN SILENCE IS BETRAYAL." ---Martin L. KING

Posted by: Tommy Birchfield/Master's Program, ETSU/Voter/VET USAF | August 19, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Corruption Anon

Consider the dark future we would have if we thought like the Middle Eastern world.

When we landed on the moon the paper had the story plastered all over it. THe story even was the front page in the middle east. There in that dark place they complained "who cares about this..American on the moon..this distracts the world from our fight with the Jews."

If you think my version of the world is dark just let Obama in charge for a while.
He has plans to "talk" with these deeply devoted religious fanatics. He said in a town hall meeting that they will be able to relate with him because they have something in common. He was referring to his commonalities with these people. Just what fool thinks his strife is anything like the strife these people have had.

He is not even in the same world as these people.

I don't know, I am worried about his very simplistic explainations. Is he really that much of a fool? Does he really believe what is coming from his own mouth?

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Justadad,

The con of America has been dark.

Consider that prior to Iraq I, which began just shortly after the USSR had dissolved itself, Bush had Baker cable our Ambassador, Glaspie, to set Saddam up. The cable is still classified, but this was the outcome of the meeting between Glaspie and Saddam:

“We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.”

Eisenhower, the last decent Republican President, had warned of this sort of thing.


Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The most obvious hole in this "big bad oil" conspiracy theory is that there is some belief that drilling overseas is somehow better. Yes, I would like to see us drill in other areas of the world where the political nature and the security are much worse.

It is far better that the drilling take place on our soil than somewhere else. It is far better to sell oil on the market where monies are coming into the country rather than leaving the country. I mean, we are talking 1 trillion dollars coming in rather than going out. How can you not want that?

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh...and tell me how wind power and solar are to solve our issues? What do you do when the wind doesn't blow or the clouds are present? That's right...fire up trusty COAL plants.

I am all for having a windmill at my house to be "cleaner."

Big Bad Oil (keeps us warm, lets us travel, pays big taxes, pays big wages, hires lots of kids from college)
Big Bad Drug (makes the drugs we want, takes big risks, pays big dividends)
Big Bad Health (offers what we want, most innovative in the world, pays big wages, keeps us alive) How horrible!

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 19, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

More oil now!
To all of you who think the oil industry is so bad...I hope you walk everywhere or ride a horse (and make sure none of your food is produced via a mechanical means). You crack me up.

Where is your money invested? Ever look at your investments (or perhaps you don't have any because you're too busy buying Ipods and TVs and waiting for nanny state government to take care of you)?

You should look at Exxon's financial statement. Of the 400 billion they took in - 200 billion went to oil purchases. 100 billion went to taxes and duties. the rest went to exploration...paying high wages to ALL employees, shareholder equity, capital projects, etc. Hmmm...I guess they suck. What is Uncle Sam to do when BIG BAD OIL isn't there to pay taxes any more? What about the state taxes on fuel?

Give me a break...people that hate the oil companies need to grow up. We have our standard of living b/c of the oil industry.

If they deserve a windfall profits tax, then so does Ted Kennedy, The Clintons, Al Gore, Susan Sarandon, and Clooney to name a few. How much money do they need?

Quit playing games. We are better off letting the free market roll on.


Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 19, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy after conspiracy theory--there is no end to the number of conspiracy theories.

Just what is it you guys want anyhow? Do you not want oil? Are you not into having gasoline in your tank? So, did you give up oil as easily as you gave up meat? You are all crying it is so unfair for a company to be a company. You are all crying that lobby interests are limiting the Republicans ability to make good voting decisions. I thought the Dems were now running the country--did you not understand that? I guess the President has GREAT BIG SHOULDERS to take on the burden--that ignorant assumption that he is the government--what ever happened to the House and the Senate? Are they just chopped liver (sorry about the dead animal reference but animals are given as our servants)

I agree, the middle class is disappearing. I agree that gasoline is expensive and it is most certainly the reason the economy is faultering. I agree that the war is costing this country big bucks. I just don't agree with your conspiracy theories and your love for anything Obama. Lets hear you admit one thing wrong with Obama. Come on it can't be that hard--something you just have been overlooking for the preservation of your party.

Give it straight and I don't mean "Oh, he works too hard."

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Justadad,

Some of us do, and some of us don't. That's the problem of an uneducated democracy.

Big Tobacco kept lying as long as they could, and Republicans kept collecting their checks as long as they could. Big Oil, Big Wars, Big Drugs, and Big Health will keep exploiting middle America as long as they can too. They have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to hire the finest lawyers, buy the best politicians, and work the system as hard as they can. Those are the rules of the game.

Bush and Putin are both arms dealing oil men. Thousands of young people being killed is just the cost of doing business.

Right now the boogeyman is the Islamic extremists, which the Russians could help us with. Then it'll be nuclear non-proliferation (Iran), which the Russians could help us with. Then it'll be Russia. Then it'll be something else.

The warmongers need war. Ike was right about the military industrial complex.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

You Americans just don't get it. From a older Canadian, have you not lost enough, of course your brave soldiers first. Get out. Both Countries have been like that for thousands of years. It will not bring gas prices down, or mortgagee foreclosures. We have no choice but to depend on each other.
Wake up, and prove I am wrong.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 19, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Wind Power could have been powering the whole of the USA by now if the NeoConMen were not bent on leaving America under the thumb of OPEC.

Posted by: walker1 | August 19, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

What's so beuatiful about this is it shows what the Republicans excel at. They know they can make statements that are completely false or misleading (like McCain's one bizarre ad basically blaming Obama for the current price of gasoline) and the American people are so stupid, they buy it. Every time. Just look how well they did last time around. Sure, Kerry was a putz, but the Republicans made Bush look like the real military man, when Kerry was the one who actually SERVED while Bush hid from combat like the privileged wuss that he is. And the public bought it. Because we're stupid! McCain found the time today to visit Louisiana? How often did he come around post Katrina? If he's so interested in offshore drilling, why didn't he spend the *day* there, instead of just a photo-op 30 minutes? Funny all the years he's been in Congress, he's just recently "seen the light" about offshore drilling? The number of suckers in this country boggles the mind.

Posted by: Lorelei | August 19, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Off shore drilling is the new war on terror. nothing but lies as a way to enrich the oil companies. Would they drill if Congress mandated all workers get an equal share in the profits vs just upper management and share holders? Cronie politics at its American best. Bad policy 100%. We need to get off oil not find more oil.

Posted by: Loki1967 | August 19, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

So he wants to drill because he bows down to Bush and the oil lobby. Come on, he wants to drill because that is what the American people want. We need energy and lots of it. If we did not need energy this would be a non issue. I don't give a hoot if the oil lobby is involved; I would rather sell 1 trillion dollars worth of oil overseas than buy 1 trillion dollars of oil from countrys which want to see America destroyed. And yes, this would help the oil price right away. You really think someone is going to bet on a rise in prices when they see an increase in oil resources? What school do you people claim you went to anyways?

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised you want to go there. If you want to pick on McCain for his relationship with his wife you are really going to have to sit and listen to all the things negative I can resite about Obama.I just love to do this but let me just put some quotes from the "wonderful thought-filled candidate"

That is not mention he is staunch advocate of the estate tax. He called(QUOTE) "Upon the Christians and the Jewish community to and the Muslims to convene on Washington to oppose the repeal of the estate tax." --I wonder how he expects farmers to pass on their farm to their kids?? On the other hand it is even more strange that he uses a term called the "ownership society" and opposes things such as health savings accounts and school choice as he says they are like "social Darwinism."

Have you ever heard this guy speak; it is like listening to a bad Hallmark card:

About himself and another Democrat "We agreed to disagree but..without being disagreeable"--WHAT???

With respect to running for president, "I believe in the basic decency of the American people"--SOUNDS GREAT DOESN'T IT?

from his acceptance speech, “I know that I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of
Washington must change.”

About his grandma, "She was a typical white person...afraid of black people"--TALK ABOUT PREJUDICE but I guess that is allowed because he is a minority member; they
have carte blanch to insult without retribution.

from "Audacity to Hope" his book --about religion "I grew up around a healthy skepticism for organized religion and as a result so do I [have a healthy skepticism toward
organized religion]"

MY favorite "I believed Saddam had chemical and biological weapons, coveted nuclear arms, scoffed at UN resolutions and butchered his own people but I do not consider
that a threat to [post 911] America"

"The real threat in to peace in the Middle East is not Islamic extremism, its' cynicism." talk about a Pollyanna.

And more recently,

according to him he "is not Proabortion" but doesn't that conflict with him saying an "unwanted" baby is a "punishment" and he implies that he would not want his daughter(s) to bee punished with an "accidental" pregnancy.

Heck, nothing could be more dispicable than this Farakan candidate, Obama to say a baby is a punishment. This by far trumps a little irritated comment McCain made toward his wife. You just made no ground with your little silly clip.

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

That's a flat out LIE!

Try again, Wingnutters...

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Oil rigs are being placed by other nations and you really think we should not be there?

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 6:25 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Ever wonder why John McCain wants to drill for oil off of our coasts so badly? Why he wants us to stay in Iraq? It's not to help gas prices; he knows it won't help at all in the short-term, especially not when we have a clear need to get off of oil forever. There's a bipartisan coalition growing that understands we need to get off oil. But John McCain wants to dig us even deeper in the oil well, harming the environment and making us less secure in our energy needs.

So why does he want to do this, when the reality of the situation demonstrates what a terrible idea it is? I'll give you 29 guesses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiGtFkd6K_E

Posted by: BoBo1981 | August 19, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Please, if anything the oil slick is from delivery from outside Texas not from inside Texas. Oil rigs are being placed by other nations and you really think we should not be there?
Our nation is not ready for those "green" solutions yet. We have some years to go it seems. Anything to get more oil. the liberal ideas are worse for the environment than anything I can imagine. Just where the heck do you think those wonderful batteries are coming from--at least oil is natural.

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

So lets explore this idea that tax cuts for a corporation such as Exxon are for the rich. Who in the heck do you think invests in Exxon and owns Exxon?? Come on, I know for a fact you learn this in grade school when you learn about stocks.

Exxon just to explain for those who don't remember is owned by "hard workin folks." Only 3% ownership of Exxon is by the rich fold--97% of ownership is by people who are looking to retire with some money to live off of via an IRA or a stock fund or an individual stock investment or a 401k. Just quit this nonsense you sound like an Obama commercial.

As for the integrity of the "thoughtful" Obama please--he sounds like a "typical black person" whoops, I just did it now didn't I . He can say "typical White person " but I am forbidden to say anything like that--why because I am held to a higher standard as a white person. I guess we really don't expect much from black folks.

Listen, if you want someone in office that is black great but make sure they have experience, they are not part of the Chicago political machine, they know how the heck to choose their friends, and they don't say so many things that sound completely prejudiced. Also, expect from your candidate more knowlege and experience. Obama says so many silly things just look at his idea to increase troops in Afghanistan. Just so silly. He complains that a troop increase in Iraq doesn't work and then he randomly counts it as a solution in another battle.

Just so you know JOE, if you son is flying "missions" and he wants to vote for Obama then you need to teach him about Obama. Obama hates the military and it is foolish to think otherwise. He has no experience, he has a negative attitude toward war and has this silly idea he with (his darn "thoughtfilled" pauses and apologies for America) can talk his way out of any situation. I believe you need to read more about Obama--why not start buy reading something other than a liberal newspaper.

Posted by: Megadonx | August 19, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't there more said on the fallacy of the drill here drill now notion? Are americans really that gullible?

"When I'm president, there will be a whole lot more like this, not only here in the Gulf, but also off of our east and west coasts," McCain said in brief remarks to the press. "We need to drill off-shore, we need to do it now, if I were president, I would call the members [of congress] back into session and tell them get back to work."


He obviously doesn't live near a coastal area where there is drilling. What a horribly ugly future. Look at your pretty beaches now before they're ruined. Walk any beach here on the TX coast - just be sure to bring some baby oil to remove the goo.

Posted by: J | August 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Despite evidence that increased domestic drilling will only have a minor impact on market prices and that these will accrue in the distant future, McCain and the Republicans continue their "Drill Here, Drill Now" mantra. Today, Johnny Boy donned a hardhat and took the chopper out to a gen-you-eyne oil rig to give his claim the visuals required to drive this one home. Minor probem:


The rig he was mounting, Chevron's Genesis project, is a NEW well. It was discovered in 1988, developed in the 1990s, and recently came on-line. You can learn about this rig (and many like it) here:
http://www.rigzone.com/data/projects/project_detail.asp?project_id=19


To use this rig to argue that the so-called ban on off-shore exploration needs to be scrapped is deeply ironic. Genesis (and projects like it) are fully supported by the US Department of Interior and are not subject to the "ban", as are many areas near Texas, Louisiana, and Alaska that are prime bets for oil exploration and development.


The challenges at Genesis have been technological- the oil find is deep, so it has been hard to justify a rig costing over $750 million. Now, with prices high, Chevron and other oil majors have reason to keep exploring and developing these fields,and they can do so NOW without the need for Congress or Presidential approval.


What McCain could (should) have said during his glorious rig visit is "Huh, so this was permitted during the ban, and it's now producing oil. Well, my friends, why aren't the oil companies building more of these?" Yes, why indeed "my friends".

Posted by: wisco kid | August 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is posting some VERY strong numbers today. He gains nationally (+10% in LA Time poll), takes back lead in FL and expands lead in NC. Good thing for Obama that his VP pick/convention are coming: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/08/19/how-significant-is-the-tightening/

Posted by: Dan | August 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Moron??? Is that what you think as you sit back and suck on your Starbucks coffee out of a plastic cup. Jump in your plastic car and roll along on paved roads from oil products and then kiss your ugly girlfriend covered with makeup and plastic boobs. You Idiot!!!

Posted by: DM | August 19, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is soaring to new heights of hypocrisy on his wife's personal jet. He flies around the country bent on duping the public into believing he's "one of them," a regular guy who can empathize with Americans facing an overwhelming economic crush. What's more, he disparages those who oppose his ridiculous policy proposals as "elitist." But who's the real elitist?

McCain is a multimillionaire who owns ten luxurious homes. McCain backs President Bush's tax cuts for big corporations. McCain empathizes only with the interests of our nation's wealthy minority, not its money-strapped majority. But far too many are buying into McCain's deceit because the corporate media won't present the whole picture.
http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/49248-mccain-s-mansions-the-houses-that-greed-built

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 19, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend who worked on an oil fig off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA until just a few months ago.

He said they were ordered by Exxon to burn 12,000 barrels of gas per day because the company had no where to store it.

Why isn't anyone interested in looking in to that fact?

Posted by: Chris | August 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just a dumb old man who is doing the bidding for the Big Oil companies now that Shrub is leaving office...my friends.

The Center for Responsive Politics finds that McCain has accepted over $1 million from the oil and gas industry. Many of McCain's top advisers have lobbied for big oil, which is why he now acts in their best interests, opposing environmental legislation and alternative energy plans.

McCain is desperate to distance himself from Bush. But according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, McCain has received millions in donations from the same oil, coal, nuclear, chemical, utility, and auto companies that helped the Bush administration create its energy plan—a plan that has raised gasoline to $4 a gallon.
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http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/42047-the-real-mccain-big-oil-fuels-the-straight-talk-express
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Posted by: Agent Orange | August 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a dork, but off-shore drilling is the way to go. If oil is really phasing out then now is the time to take actions toward using our reserves. However, I don't think the goal should be to lower gas prices. The goal instead is to use our own oil rather than buying it from hostile countries. We can still raise the gas tax if we decide that we need to quit oil with urgency.

I wish politicians would give us some substance with their arguments (Obama is definitely included in this). For instance, how much difference will off-shore drilling make towards cutting the nations oil imports? Also, what are the real facts about oil pollution caused by drilling and transporting? And how large of a natural reserve do we have?

Posted by: Paul | August 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Forget the insults, do you believe Mccain on this issue? Have you done any personal research on the matter?

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when I see all the name calling a insults by the Obama supporters...it reminds me that
1) They know Mc Cain will win
2) I'm thankful my candidate doesn't attract name calling hatemongers
3) America doesn't elect liberals President
4) Obama is more liberal than the last 2 liberals the Democrats unwisely nominated
5) Obama will lose

Posted by: tony | August 19, 2008 5:31 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

". . . if I were president, I would call the members [of congress] back into session and tell them get back to work."

Well, he is a member of Congress - why doesn't HE get back to work, if he believes so strongly that a solution is imminent? Why hasn't he challenged the President for taking a recent vacation? Big talk, no action - oh, and since when can the President order Congress back from vacation?

Posted by: Stephen | August 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I love the smell of drilling in the morning it smellslike"PROGRESS" The democruds are gonna get hammered on this one and they think thier just gonna ride it out to the OIL HOUSE on Penn ave. Good lord if you demodroids have the scamtors ear and they are DNC goons get the message that people out here are gonna think about ol messianic barry no drill and gonna go with MCDRILLER cuz thier broke.

Posted by: pogo9304 | August 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"Drill, surge, drill, surge, drill, surge."

When is the corporate media going to wake up and call the old codger out on this nonsense?

The facts are that George Bush's relaxing the executive branch's restriction on offshore oil drilling had nothing to do with the price dropping. It would take years to open those expensive fields and would only serve to raise the price of oil since it costs billions to set up the mammoth rigs and is environmentally dangerous. Oil prices went down because the speculators artificially drove the market up, and when they took their profits, the price went back down. The Bush and McCain corporate interests made their quick money, and now the price is stabilizing to help McCain's chances in the fall election.

As far as McCain's beloved "Surge," just what have we accomplished? Baghdad, despite the news media failure to cover the story, is still the most dangerous place in the world.

The basic infrastructure of the city has been largely destroyed, there is no electricity or running water in many parts of it, and our troops cannot venture out of the Green Zone without the use of armored vehicles and air support. Just what are we "winning?"

We are spending over two billion dollars a week in a civil war in a far off place with no end in sight. I guess the old man is just going to declare victory and bring the troops home in a hundred years.

Don't be fooled by this pathetic attempt to avoid talking about our economy. John McCain has no solutions- and really no intentions of changing the flawed Bush domestic policies. His wife is worth over 600 million dollars, has several private jets, and ten homes- and he calling his opponent an elitist?

Don't be fooled again " My friends."

Posted by: Phillip Byers | August 19, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The big joke is, it will incredibility expensive to find and get the oil it will cost even more then today. Second that oil belongs to the person who drills it an it will go to the highest bidder over seas. We are not getting some kind of cheap oil out of this, are you kidding. It is a free market. They won't even drill for it unless it can be sold for around $175 to $200 a barrel or it won't even be worth it. This is amazing

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I grew up in Santa Barbara, the 1969 oil spill ruined that coast for decades. The fishing, birds, eco-system were almost beyond repair. Much of the fishing never came back. Who remembers GOO (Get Oil Out) now? Who even cares about what an oil spill might mean?

I shudder at oil-men getting ready to do it big-time to our coasts again. No limits, no regulations, no controls. Just what do you think is going to happen????

Posted by: Jill Malon | August 19, 2008 5:07 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

when I see all the name calling a insults by the Obama supporters...it reminds me that
1) They know Mc Cain will win
2) I'm thankful my candidate doesn't attract name calling hatemongers
3) America doesn't elect liberals President
4) Obama is more liberal than the last 2 liberals the Democrats unwisely nominated
5) Obama will lose

Posted by: tony | August 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Does it get any more gimmicky or hokey than John McCain? It reminds me of Dukakis in the tank or Bush on the aircraft carrier. What a joke this man is.

Posted by: Mary | August 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just another big oil loving GOPer. We need someone who actually cares about people instead.

Posted by: Tom | August 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just another big oil loving GOPer. We need someone who actually cares about people instead.

Posted by: Tom | August 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a moron...


The United States and its coastal areas have just 3% - THREE PERCENT - of the world's oil reserves. That's nothing, especially when you consider that we import 25% of the WORLD'S exports.


Oil companies don't drill unless a seismic survey shows it's pretty likely there's something there. This is particularly true for offshore drilling, which is incredibly expensive and difficult. So if the drilling ban is lifted, the oil companies usually WON'T drill even though they can.. because there is very little oil here in the US.


This drilling issue is a REPUBLICAN SMOKESCREEN that they're using as an excuse to take advantage of the American energy crisis. They are about to ruin our chance to get a renewable electricity generation system in place, which would be a disaster. So LET EM DRILL! They won't do it anyway (e.g. the 68 million acres of leases they refuse to drill on now).


In 10 years when the the GOPers have no excuse left on oil and oil prices, they will be forced to change or they will become 4th Party gadflies.

Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 19, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Drill'em: That comment says it all!

Posted by: Baffled | August 19, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I love these comments.

Posted by: Justin | August 19, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I strongly oppose McCain's stance on this issue as I do with many of his campaign tactics. Offshore drilling being such a big issue to me, has me leaning toward voting for Obama, even though I think he does not have any sort of clearly laid out strategy on anything. By that I mean he is very vague every time he speaks. Shame Paris Hilton isn't in the running.

Posted by: jro | August 19, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Everyday we get something dumber than the day before from this nearly 100 year old fossil (McCain).

I go back and forth with this guy, somedays I think he's insane and somedays I think he's just a confused, senile old doofus.


McCain, having convinced American's that selling more leases for offshore drilling will solve the energy crisis (even though there are no rigs to do said drilling and the oil companies already HAVE existing contracts that they've not explored and any meager price reductions will be fleeting and not materialize for close to a decade) John McCain is stepping up efforts to make the most of his issue advantage by rolling out a platform that suggest offshore drilling as the solution to EVERY American problem this election cycle.

Faced with obvious skepticism regarding this claim, the McCain camp quickly released the below map, showing the actual location of all his "American Solutions for America Wells"...

http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg10/JeffLieber/?action=view¤t=Picture1-3-2.png

Posted by: astral99 | August 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What a Moron! I really can't understand why he just doesn't understand that we need to look ahead. Oil is just not the answer for our energy crisis. I understand that renewable energy sources and technology is still in the early stages but we need to be the pioneers we once were. Enough with our obsession over oil, let them have it.

Posted by: Anon | August 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in Santa Barbara, the 1969 oil spill ruined that coast for decades. The fishing, birds, eco-system were almost beyond repair. Much of the fishing never came back. Who remembers GOO (Get Oil Out) now? Who even cares about what an oil spill might mean?

I shudder at oil-men getting ready to do it big-time to our coasts again. No limits, no regulations, no controls. Just what do you think is going to happen????

Posted by: Jill Malon | August 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

This sounds silly more than anything else. Hardly the powerful moment he was looking for.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mp | August 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Gas bag on an oil rig. Now here's news!

Posted by: Drill'em | August 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I really cannot believe anyone would chose to vote for this moron.

Posted by: Jeremy | August 19, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

There are two sides to the oil vs alternative energy argument. One is national security: a reduction in the vulnerability of our economy to foreign manipulation of oil supply. The second: burning fossil fuels increases global warming and reduces a finite commodity that can be used for other purposes. The global warming aspect may actually be more of a national security argument than the first. Old man McCain is missing it. Locked in the past.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 19, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

He neglected to say no one owns any extra drilling platforms. They cost a billion dollars and there is a five year waiting list to get one. Only three companies in the world builds them. Drill Drill and Drill now. HOW? This thing is so beyond Mccains simpleton ideas it stops even being finny. I would have liked to have seen him have a little back and forth with the oil rig workers. They are a hardy bunch who may have just said, "Are you out of your mind, do you know the first thing about drilling oil"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS!" use to be my statement about McCain, now I see I will have to start using "OLD MAN YELLS AT SEA!" as my new McCain claim.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 19, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Man this guy is scary- what's scarier is 49% of the voters don't see it.

"When I'm president, there will be a whole lot more like this, not only here in the Gulf, but also off of our east and west coasts,"

Posted by: Bill | August 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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