John McCain visited an oil rig yesterday, but not to hype electric cars. No, he's still in favor of drilling off of our coasts. And he has been ever since a giant oil company, Hess, pumped a massive donation into his campaign's tank.
Senator Obama opposes new drilling. He has said it will not 'solve our problem' and that 'it's not real.' He's wrong, and the American people know it. This platform we are at today sits above a field of 160 million barrels of oil, and is capable of producing on a daily basis 55,000 barrels of oil and 72 million cubic feet of natural gas.
Great. We consume 20 million barrels a day, so this one field will provide 0.275% of our daily needs. If we can find only 35,000 more fields just like it, we'll be 96% energy independent!
Also, who's complaining about a natural gas shortage?
Our nation is sending $700 billion overseas every year to countries that don't like us very much. When I'm president that's going to stop.
I know a lot of countries don't like us, but Canada? I mean, Canada is the country we import the most oil from. The top is rounded out, in order, by Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq, Angola, Brazil, Algeria and Russia. Okay, Russia and Venezuela definitely don't like us. But Iraq loves us because we gave them freedom and Saudi really loves us. Here's a better question. If we have an infrastructure that is so reliant on oil that we have to deal with countries that don't like us, or say, are the home of 18 of the 9/11 hijackers, is that really a system we want to keep alive with more drilling?
On another note, since we don't have a national oil company, I assume that if we lease every square foot of our coastlines to Arco and Exxon, they'll be required by those leases to only sell the oil procured to American refineries, right? Even if China or India is willing to pay 2-3 times as much per barrel? I mean, this is OUR oil, right? I know McCain doesn't like taxing oil companies, so if Exxon can sell Gulf Coast crude to another country, not only will we not get any oil, we won't get any tax revenue from it. Ah, I'm sure somebody will ask these questions to McCain in the first debate. The network press is pretty dogged.
So even though drilling will have no effect on gas prices ever, and we wouldn't even get any out of the ground until McCain is 80, McCain is for it. Even though he was against it in June. His Olympics ad is right. He is the original maverick. He is not at all afraid to say idiotic things that completely contradict how he felt weeks ago.