Wednesday, June 18, 2008

McCain and Energy

The same John McCain that opposes drilling in ANWR and supports the totally mindless idea of a "gas tax holiday" was apparently thinking with the better half of his brain yesterday when he flip flopped (and you know the Democrats will certainly and rightfully accuse him of same) by announcing that he now supports drilling off shore. With China drilling in Cuban waters barely 50 miles off our coasts, it seems that McCain has at last come to his senses. Sadly, the environmentally green, the world-will-be-destroyed-Al Gore members of the Church of Global Warming are still in their cocoons.

The good news for McCain, and also Bush with his timid and late endorsement of coastal drilling is that the public based more on its pocketbook rather than good sense has finally come around to support same, at least according to Rasmussen Reports which indicates:

"67% of voters believe that drilling should be allowed off the coasts of California, Florida and other states. Only 18% disagree and 15% are undecided. Conservative and moderate voters strongly support this approach, while liberals are more evenly divided (46% of liberals favor drilling, 37% oppose)."

We are also heartened to see McCain has actually suggested building 45 nuclear reactors in the U.S. by 2030. For more, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/us/politics/19nuke.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=politics&pagewanted=print

Maybe we at the Objective Conservative would be somewhat more heartened if McCain could just put his views into one comprehensive plan that recognized this is as much of national security issue as a pocketbook one (for consumers), define tighter time lines and explain how he will pay for it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it appears that Senator McCain is building an economic platform on a case by case, day by day approach, rather than formulating a set of policies based upon an overriding philosophy! Sometimes the Senator borrows from the conservative handbook, and sometimes from the "progressive" handbook! Also, unfortunately, this "eclectic" approach is open to criticism from the very people that McCain needs for support. In fact, Karl Rove, in today's WSJ, calls both McCain and Obama "economically illiterate"!