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McDonnell tells FOX he continues to support drilling off Virginia's coast

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell told FOX Business Network Thursday night that he understands President Obama's decision to cancel proposed lease sales off Virginia's coast, but that he believes plans for drilling should continue.

"With two years of an environmental impact statement that was already planned for Virginia, we'd like it to stay on track,'' McDonnell told host Neil Cavuto. "During that time, the investigation will be done. Regulatory and technological changes will be made."

McDonnell, who has made offshore drilling one of his administration's top priorities, said he called Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and offered to help any way he could with the unfolding disaster caused by the April 20 well accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Read Friday's full story.

"When we had disasters in the space exploration program, we didn't cancel the shuttle program,'' he said. "We went forward with the spirit of progress and innovation."

McDonnell also talked about his decision to pull out of President Obama's Race to the Top school reform derby, saying the state would not abandon its benchmarks, known as the Standards of Learning.

"If you've got standards that are working for states like Virginia and work well, don't require us to dumb those standards down in order to accept federal money," he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 28, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell  
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This guy is definitley one of the dumbest people to ever be governor. One article after another of how he's a complete and utter fool. Until the industry can come up with a way not to do this without ruining the environment and the econonmy, there should be a moratorium. God this guy is dumb. Astounding that he's the governor, but then again a horde of mindless sheep elected dubya twice, so I guess anything can happen when people have no clue what they're voting for, because they listen to that tripe being spewed on right wing radio and fox news.

Posted by: red2million | May 28, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

what sucks is, an oil disaster off the coast of Virginia, would certainly make its way up to the beachs of maryland, delaware and new jersey.

While i'm all for McDonnell destroying the beachs of virginia, it wouldnt be fair to the other states who made sure to elect intelligent governors.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 28, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Anita Kumar definitely does a hatchet job on McDonnell each and every week.

On this topic, however, McDonnell needs to get a grip, and give it up, at least for a little while.

Offshore drilling isn't the salvation for all of Virginia's economic problems. It has more to offer than just that.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 28, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Anita Kumar definitely does a hatchet job on McDonnell each and every week.

On this topic, however, McDonnell needs to get a grip, and give it up, at least for a little while.

Offshore drilling isn't the salvation for all of Virginia's economic problems. It has more to offer than just that.

He's right about the "Race to the Top" BS. States shouldn't have to convert to Obama's standard in order to get more funding for education. Sounds like a form of bribery.

Who's making money on the 'Race to the Top' program? There's always a special interest lurking somewhere nearby when these government programs are announced.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 28, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Good thing it took millions of tax payer dollars and years to clean the Bay. Let's plop oil rigs all over it.

Posted by: damnit79 | May 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Ashamed to be a Virginian, proud to be a Democrat, although not as proud as I used to be. The Democrats don't have any useful new ideas either, apparently. McDonnell's approach is a perfect example of reactionary, shortsighted, greedy, and destructive policy making. The space shuttle accidents didn't threaten the whole world with being engulfed in oil. Underwater drilling very plainly does. Could we PLEASE start thinking further ahead than the next campaign or even the next 10 years? I shudder to think of the world my grandchildren may be living in 30 or 40 years from now, unless we have a complete turnaround in attitude.

Posted by: jaec47 | May 28, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The space shuttle disaster? Terrible, but no comparison. An oil spill has the potential to change the lives of everyone on the planet and cost billions and billions of dollars. Way too risky, and we have other sources of energy. Sheesh what an idiot.

Posted by: Brenda444 | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

States had to accept the Standards of Learning to get federal money. What's the difference? Oh, they were Republican standards. Will Virginia be forced by its governor to buy textbooks as edited by the Texas school board? with creationism included, and the founding fathers edited down to make way for glorification of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis?

Posted by: jaec47 | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This is what's wrong with politics and political reporting.

Any time someone changes their mind from what they may have realized was a bad decision, they are punished for it.

This is a terrible idea and it figures he'd run to the cozy confines of Fox

Posted by: Liebercreep | May 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell doesn't care. If the Feds deny the leases then he can blame them. Should drilling happen and an accident occurs, McDonnell will be long gone.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

What's with these Governor Bobs? Mcdonnell is rapidly becoming a jokefest and Jindal should have applied the old "Ask forgiveness instead of permission policy" and started his sand dredging projects if he really thinks its worthwile. Instead he spent the past two/three weeks bemoaning the fed ain't helping with the gulf. Virginians better take this limited government Governor with a grain of salt otherwise our saltwater coastline could be a little oiler in the future.

Posted by: snake_taylor | May 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sure, McDonnell, just clap your hands and believe. Some people just are not teachable.

Posted by: jennybird1 | May 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

What's with these Governor Bobs? Mcdonnell is rapidly becoming a jokefest and Jindal should have applied the old "Ask forgiveness instead of permission policy" and started his sand dredging projects if he really thinks its worthwile. Instead he spent the past two/three weeks bemoaning the fed ain't helping with the gulf. Virginians better take this limited government Governor with a grain of salt otherwise our saltwater coastline could be a little oiler in the future.

Posted by: snake_taylor | May 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What's with these Governor Bobs? Mcdonnell is rapidly becoming a jokefest and Jindal should have applied the old "Ask forgiveness instead of permission policy" and started his sand dredging projects if he really thinks its worthwhile. Instead he spent the past two/three weeks bemoaning the fed ain't helping with the gulf. Virginians better take this limited government Governor with a grain of salt otherwise our saltwater coastline could be a little oiler in the future.

Posted by: snake_taylor | May 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Umm

I guess all we should have trusted all those environmental impact statements done for the Gulf and all the plans done by BP for the Gulf as well.

Will the guy sign a pledge to not use any OF MY TAX DOLLARS to clean up Virginia when an oil spill happens there as well.

Probably not as we know that it will all be a part of God's plan - and you know that will be the excuse if something bad happens.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What a mess this guy is. Next the AG will try to sue the Federal Government claiming VA should have the final word on drilling off of VA coast!

Posted by: SaysEye | May 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Butt out leftists, you've never been right about anything, ever..

Posted by: wewintheylose | May 29, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell has no agenda so he looks around and parrots the agenda's of people he see's as conservative. Well that's great unless the shores of Virginia wind up black as coal and sticky as chewing gum. Then he'd blame "the liberals" because they allowed him to do it.

Posted by: SoupLine | May 29, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

To all the bozos screaming that McDonnell is looney, I want to know how well you will accept gasoline prices shooting back up to $4 maybe even $5 a gallon thanks to Obozo's moratorium on drilling! McDonnell is simply stating the obvious that this country's need for energy has not diminished one iota even with this spill. It will take continued drilling where the energy is to keep us going. These anti drill loonies can rant and rave all they want, but they will be the first ones screaming over high gas prices. They will also refuse to acknowledge their own culpability in driving the prices up.

Posted by: panamajack | May 29, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Kumar, and everyone else associated with the Compost for that matter, are still bitter about not being able to drag that dud Creigh Deeds across the finish line. Deal with it, lefties..

Posted by: wewintheylose | May 29, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

"When we had disasters in the space exploration program, we didn't cancel the shuttle program,'' he said. "We went forward with the spirit of progress and inovation."

After solving the problem, yes. Not blindly crossing fingers and hoping it doesn't happen again. How long was the fleet grounded after Challenger?

And editors: it's "innovation"

Posted by: MAL9000 | May 29, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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