I saw an ad for the Toyota Prius yesterday and couldn't resist tweaking it a little to take a shot at McCain's stagnant energy platform. I don't normally indulge in political commentary but I could not stand to hear one more time that Obama flip flops for "Political Expediency" while McCain stands up for America, without saying something.
When gas prices were at $3.50 a gallon McCain was against off-shore drilling because it's bad for America and bad for the environment, but now that gas prices are over $4 a gallon, he's all for it... and his reason:
"As a matter of fairness to the American people and a matter of duty for our government, we must deal with the here and now, and assure affordable fuel for America by increasing domestic production."
Desperate times call for desperate measures... but wait a minute, experts definitively state that lifting the moratorium on oil will not produce a drop of oil for 7-10 years. Furthermore, those new wells will not be producing enough oil to impact fuel prices for up to 20 years at which point prices may go down 3 cents! That's dealing with the "Here and now"!?!? Is McCain an idiot? Probably... but he does know better on this issue. On May 29th at a campaign stop in Wisconsin he was asked about off-shore drilling and he explained,
"[W]ith those resources, which would take years to develop, you would only postpone or temporarily relieve our dependency on fossil fuels."
Years to develop? So what's the deal John? According to you off-shore drilling won't help in the short term and it wont help in the long term so why advocate for something you, just a few weeks ago, said was harmful to Americans? Sounds to me like you are pandering to the oil companies and trying to spin it as civic duty. Flip flopping and lying for political expedience... nice.
I do have to say that I used to have a great deal of respect for McCain. For a Republican John McCain has been relatively Green. He has been a principled public servant who wasn't afraid to break party lines on a number of issues and I won't begrudge him his record, however, I don't recognize this John McCain. A maverick? The only conventions he has defied in this campaign are honesty and common sense.
For a more objective look at both candidates' energy plans check out this article at Triple Pundit: McCain and Obama's Plans to Combat Climate Change