McCain shoots to drill

Lest my GOP friends think I’m being a little harsh on the Republican frontrunner, here’s one McCain issue that has my full support (even if it is a flip-flop on his part):

Sen. John McCain called yesterday for an end to the federal ban on offshore oil drilling, offering an aggressive response to high gasoline prices and immediately drawing the ire of environmental groups that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has courted for months.

The move is aimed at easing voter anger over rising energy prices by freeing states to open vast stretches of the country’s coastline to oil exploration. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly 80 percent said soaring prices at the pump are causing them financial hardship, the highest in surveys this decade.

“We must embark on a national mission to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil,” McCain told reporters yesterday. In a speech today, he plans to add that “we have untapped oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States. But a broad federal moratorium stands in the way of energy exploration and production. . . . It is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions.”

For those of you who like visuals, this chart from Senator Larry Craig’s website tells the story quite well:

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Keep in mind that China has now set up shop off the coast of Florida to suck up the petro that has been declared off limits to us by do-gooder Dems.

Time to let it flow, folks. Our friends in the sea will adapt…

Full story here:

McCain seeks to end offshore drilling ban


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