McCain: Drill for Oil at Home
Instead of pushing new
fuel alternatives, McCain called yesterday for an end to the
federal ban on offshore
gasoline prices and immediately drawing the ire of environmental
groups that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has
courted for months.
"We must embark on a national mission to eliminate
our dependence on foreign oil," McCain told reporters yesterday.
In a speech today, he plans to add that "we have untapped
oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States.
But a broad federal moratorium stands in the way of energy exploration
and production. . . . It is time for the federal government to
lift these restrictions."
McCain's announcement is a reversal of the position he took in
his 2000 presidential campaign and a break with environmental activists,
even as he attempts to win the support of independents and moderate
Democrats. Since becoming the presumptive GOP nominee in March,
McCain has presented himself as a friend of the environment by
touting his plans to combat global warming and his opposition to
drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in the Everglades.
Obama backs using money raised through an auction of greenhouse-gas
emissions credits to bolster research and development projects,
while imposing requirements on how much renewable energy public
utilities would have to buy.
Yesterday in the down-at-the-heels manufacturing city of Flint,
Mich., Obama said that a new energy policy must be part of government
efforts to revive the economy.
has strongly backed Republican candidates in recent past, will
have some serious thinking to do. While they have touted drilling
in ANWAR, it looks like the oil rigs may very well be visible
now from their own homes. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tells Buzz
that he loves Sen. John McCain's
to lift the federal moratorium on off-shore drilling
and let individual states decide whether to allow oil and gas exploration.
He also said he wouldn't rule out letting Florida opt to drill