Posted tagged ‘offshore drilling’

And why not once more into the wellhead?

July 23, 2008

I’m not one of those who believes in a deity mindful of the fall of every sparrow, but if there were an entity who could order up divine retribution for self-inflicted stupidity, could it have resisted this?

(Editor’s note: it isn’t just Aeolus who seems to have endorsed Obama. The immutable legal principle of stercus accidit could not be denied. Hence, John McCain’s “I can drill everywhere I can think of to save you five cents a gallon in a decade–maybe” tour had to cancel its latest booking.

(Check out that last link for some actual substance from the invaluable Wilco 278).

Image: J. W. M. Turner, “Snowstorm,” 1842. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

News Flash — Dog Bites Man dept: John McCain does not care about global warming

June 18, 2008

This just in:  John McCain, who claims that “he has been a leader on the issue of global warming with the courage to call the nation to action on an issue we can no longer afford to ignore,” said on Monday that he believes “that lifting the moratoria from offshore drilling or oil and natural gas exploration is something that we place as a very high priority.”

This, on top of his recently renewed call for the twofer environmental and economic foolishness of a gas tax holiday, makes it clear, to me at least, where Senator McCain actually stands on the issue of global warming.

Not to beat a horse I long sinced blogged to near-death here, but if you are even remotely serious about the issue of global warming (not to mention, being a “leader”) you don’t look for ways to encourage people to burn more oil.  You can’t have it both ways (or rather, if you are anything but a straight talking, honest kind of guy, you can try, but annoying folks like me will point out the contradiction).

So — for anyone tempted to back McCain because of his environmental commitments — remember the last time we trusted a plausible sounding, straight shooting kind of fella on this issue, look at the other promises McCain is making, and think long and hard when you find yourself all alone in the voting booth.

Image:   Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky, “Moonlit Seascape with Shipwreck,” nineteenth century.  Source:  Wikimedia Commons.