TPJ: Is it any wonder that John McCain received large donations from the oil and gas industry after changing his position from opposing offshore drilling to supporting it?
Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his position on the federal ban on offshore drilling.TPJ: Yet McCain said this last month about the oil industry, "I am very angry, frankly, at the oil companies not only because of the obscene profits they've made but at their failure to invest in alternate energy to help us eliminate our dependence on foreign oil."
Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month - three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban - compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.
So is McCain more interested in us or big oil's money given that the oil companies aren't using all of the land where they already have leases, that many analysts say there isn't that much oil offshore and that it will take close to a decade to reach you? I think it's clear that he is playing off our ingrained American desire for quick fixes and immediate satisfaction. He dazzles the possibility of extending our laziness with promises that if only the mean Democrats let us drill we'd find unlimited amounts of oil offshore which is a total pander and lie. It's the classic Republican tactic of getting us to vote their way out of fear of having to change our habits and lifestyle which ends up benefiting big oil, big business more than us. God forbid if we have to sacrifice in order to find a long term solution for the future!!
To go off topic a bit, I find it fascinating that the Republicans are the ones who say that Democrats are irresponsible because they want to use targeted tax hikes (for the rich) to help balance our budget and pay as we go just like we have to do with our personal budgets. When their solution to pay for things is to borrow money and therefore have to rely on foreign governments for our financial solubility. Governments that don't exactly have our best interests in mind. So McCain and his buddies rightly fight to keep America free from terrorism and conquest but fail to fight to keep America economically free.
There are many ways to conquer a country and using our economy and greed against us by taking on our debt is an easy way to bring us to our knees, without having to fire a shot. We would do well to read, "The Art of War" as the Chinese sure do since that historic text was written by one of their own centuries ago so they have had time to perfect it and if you haven't read that book you should because it shows exactly how to take down an enemy is ways that they wouldn't expect. Then again most Americans can't be bothered with books and history which is partly why we are failing as a country right now.
But let's get back on point. The fact of the matter is that oil is running out, the its byproducts are destroying our fragile planet which will increasingly create problems for our grandkids health and safety and yet the Republicans claim to be the ones out to protect families and the life of every being? And their other "big idea" solution for becoming energy independent is nuclear energy. Hey idiots, nuclear energy isn't a new idea. Plus, it hasn't been pursued in decades because we still haven't figured out how to do it safely and what to do with the extremely hazardous waste that can destroy not only lives but the planet for future generations (families). Yeah, great idea there geniuses. I want to know where McCain plans on putting all that waste, Yucca Mountain in Nevada? I'm sure the good people down there would love that.
Shockingly often I see flatbed trucks hauling those nondescript gray containers without any labels except small, black nuclear signs on them while driving on our main interstate highway here in Colorado. Apparently John McCain and his ilk remember nothing of Chernobyl. I think it should be mandatory for school kids to watch documentaries on Chernobyl like they do on the holocaust in middle-school and high-school. And of course in college. You could easily work it into the curriculum in a World Civilization history class.
But back to the issue at hand between McCain and oil, he slams Obama for his decision to not take public funding for his campaign alone but to rather take money from mostly small donors like you and I. However, then McCain takes millions from the oil industry?!! Who would you rather vote for, someone who is beholden to us average folks funding his campaign (Obama) or the other, (McCain) who is beholden to oil companies? I think the answer is clear don't you?