McCain has changed his position on offshore drilling in Florida's beautiful coastline from when he was running in 2000. In that race he opposed such drilling (which GOP talking points even say that it could take 10 years to get any oil from so it's not a quick fix to lower gas prices) but now he is in favor of it. All the while putting out a new ad trying to make him look like a tree hugging dirt worshiper!!!
Tourism is a huge part of the Florida economy and having oil rigs dotting the beautiful views of the beaches (Many of America's top 10 beaches are in Florida), isn't going to help the sagging economy down there. We just came back from Florida this past November and I'd hate to see such a stunning, beautiful place scarred by oil platforms. Then you have your Governor Crist who use to be against offshore drilling too but since he is ass kissing McCain to get on the ticket as the V.P. choice he has now flipped his position to being against it as well. Crist's recent comments on the issue before flipping were this, "Asked last week about the possibility of opening up the Continental Shelf to drilling--including the coastline of Florida--Crist said he couldn't support it even with rising fuel prices.
Drilling operations spill thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the marine environment so not only does drilling spoil the view but it is poisoning our oceans that are vital for food and for tourist dollars. Plus there is an increased risk of oil spills that could damage the entire gulf coast ecosystem for generations. Is it really worth the the risk just to prolong the end of oil dependency for a few years versus losing one of our most beautiful environments in the country? I think that our money would be better spent in promoting clean energy that will help our situation in the long term.
It's a much better investment that will help our national security, the environment, the economy and so many other benefits that staying addicted to oil does not bring. They want us to believe that we can get oil out of the gulf coast over-night and drastically reduce the gas prices in a matter of days. That's complete nonsense. In addition, we wouldn't be the only ones drilling in those areas if we opened those parts of the gulf to drilling. We'd be competing with countries from Norway, Britain and even China for the oil. Are we going to out-source our coastlines and gulfs to China now?
Another thing to remember is that the oil companies don't pump as much oil when prices are low versus when prices are high. So if you let them pump off the Florida coastline than you're not necessarily going to see lower gas prices. The chances are that they would stay the same if not increase.
So all in all, why should someone who is concerned about the environment vote for the guy who is a part-time environmentalist when you can vote for Obama the full blown environmentalist?
Now it turns out President Bush is backing the McCain offshore drilling position too. So much for McCain trying to separate himself from Bush!! These two are like the three stooges minus one which I'm sure will be filled by McCain's V.P. choice.
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