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Barack Obama Flip Flops on Offshore Oil Drilling

August 3, 2008



John McCain recently flip flopped on the issue of domestic offshore oil drilling and seems to have gained a little bit of traction from people who actually believe that he is telling the truth. He isn’t, he is a fraud and he is just trying to find an issue where he and President Obama disagree. He has finally found one now that he “saw the light” and decided that he supports drilling even after years of opposing it. This has become a hot button issue and seemed to be an issue John McCain could win on. That is until now.

 President Obama must have seen that McCain was gaining a little traction now that over 2/3 of Americans want to drill for more oil and so now he has also flip flopped on this issue. The only difference is that Mr. President is smarter than the others who want to drill for oil.

 we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage

 He will drill for oil the right way, thank God that he is here because he is much smarter than the others who have come before him and will drill smarter. Only he can drill and keep the environment safe. Does he really believe that anybody who finally gets approval to drill will not find new safer drilling techniques that will keep the environment safe? No matter who the president is safer drilling techniques would be a requirement, that is a no-brainer. That statement sounds good but really it means nothing. (Other than the fact that he was on the losing side of this issue and he has now conveniently positioned himself in line with McCain on this issue).

 He is once again trying to take both sides of an issue. On one hand he is playing to the American people who support oil drilling, and on the other he is playing to the environmentalists. He can’t have it both ways. Neither can McCain, who has opposed every effort to drill for more oil in the United Sates until he was running for president and saw the latest polls concerning domestic oil drilling. Both of these men are frauds and it is sad to see that these are the best two candidates we could come up with.

 Here is a quote from President Obama that really irks me. And we have heard this comment from many Democrats and Republicans who oppose oil drilling, not just President Obama. They are almost all guilty of this misleading statement:

“It’s also important to recognize if you start drilling now you won’t see a drop of oil for ten years, which means its not going to have a significant impact on short-term prices.

 What irks me about that statement isn’t the fact that it has been made for many, many years and that if we had drilled years ago instead of debating it we would now be reaping the rewards of the drilling. What irks me the most is the assumption in that statement that if we just switch to alternative energy the problem will be solved over night. Sure it may take a decade to produce oil, but if we start trying to mass produce alternative energy will it arrive any sooner? Can we wave an alternative energy wand and instantly reduce our dependency on oil? I don’t think so, it still takes years to develop and implement other sources of energy. That is what bothers me about that statement, it’s misleading premise that while increased oil drilling won’t help for ten years that somehow alternative energy will be readily available immediately. It all takes time and time is wasting.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Caleb permalink
    August 3, 2008 8:16 am

    We must attack this energy problem as if it is a war. I’m sure you’ve heard that, but it really is the only way. As a country, we have the technology. All we need is production. The reason we haven’t had the production is because people like you don’t want to change.


  2. August 3, 2008 8:24 am

    Caleb, you’re right.
    Pink Eyes, Obama didn’t flip flop on this issue at all. He has adopted the Gang of Ten’s position, using offshore drilling as a bargaining chip in an effort to get what he wants, which is incentives for alternatives and increased efficiency standards.
    It’s called “leadership”, something we’re not used to seeing in Washington…


  3. August 3, 2008 8:28 am

    I don’t have a problem with alternative energy Caleb. I just want all options used and increased oil production is one of those options.


  4. Terrant permalink
    August 3, 2008 10:27 am

    Off shore drilling is a short term band-aid fix that needs to be coupled with long term strategy into alternative energy sources and increased fuel efficiency. Of the bills I’ve seen coming from the republicans, they are not addressing the long term solution. At least the democrats are making a half-assed effort to address the manipulation of the market which is being nixed by the republicans.

    With as much flip-flopping that’s been going on, I have to wonder if he have a couple fish out of water running for president. They’re both saying what they think will get them elected.

    We’ve had two wake up calls in the past (the crisis of the 70’s and the first gulf war) and the Washington did nothing. During most of that time, McCain was in office. Did he lead the charge? No… and he even voted against bills that would have help now. Now, he expects us to think that he will? He’s nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    Obama seems to be the type that sticks to the party’s platform (whatever that might be). In which case, there will not be any off-shore drilling for a short term fix and they’ll talk about alternatives but the environmentalists in the ranks will nix any ideas. He’s nothing but a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

    Either way we go, we’re screwed in the long term.

    Here’s my problem with off-shore drilling. These oil companies are going to go out there, pump it out and sell it to India and China. If we are going to use OUR oil, it needs to be for OUR use. Of course, what Big Oil wants Big Oil gets after all they’ve invested heavily in congressional representatives especially republicans. With the spineless nature of the congressional democrats, it will happen.


  5. mike P permalink
    August 3, 2008 2:58 pm

    Obama flip flopped when he saw his poll numbers dropping. He also flip flopped when gas and oil prices were dropping, with his poll numbers LOL.
    McCain was smart enough to make the move to drilling when the price of oil and gas climbing.
    The voters will see it for what it is, a flip flop to get Obama’s poll numbers rising again. I don’t think it’ll work, and it shouldn’t.
    I get a kick out of all of you trying to give excuses for his change.


  6. Joseph permalink
    August 4, 2008 6:38 pm

    Well said Mike P. , and good observation .
    We will not be able to solve the energy problem as long as our judgment is clouded by ideal or political partisanship. We must get our act together or we would surely suffer from the consequences of our actions . The energy problem is a real problem that needs realistic and timely solution/s.
    The high price of oil is hurting the already badly mauled American economy and our dependence on fossil fuel for most of our energy needs will not end anytime soon but will in the foreseeable future. Drilling for local sources of oil and natural gas is the best short term solution unless we are willing to dramatically sacrifice our quality of life and the health of America’s economy . However , harvesting America’s natural reources must be done in an environmentally sensitive way as much as what current technology can provide. The fact stands that we need oil NOW while we , as fast as reasonably possible , transition to a composite of alternative sources of energy such as geothermal , solar , hydro , or wind power ( depending on the geographic location ) to power our factories and houses , and hydrogen to power our cars . I sincerely hope that Americans will vote for a president whose Loyalty is to the United States and not to his party , his political backers , his family , or his race .


  7. Carole Richmond permalink
    August 5, 2008 11:15 am

    There will be no more oil in the SHORT-TERM much as you wish it would happen, unless the Middle East decides to open the spigots, and why would they do that? You have millions of acres of UNDEVELOPED leases that could have been opened by the oil companies (that would involve investment, therefore cutting into profits), as well as millions of acres of leases that are currently being developed, and oil prices have only gone up. So rational people know that more drilling will not affect the price of oil. It is too late for oil. The only sane and effective approach is full steam ahead on solar, wind, and other renewables. We should focus on developing sources that provide the greatest net energy returns, like solar and wind. Nukes take way too much energy to produce and most biofuels also have a low net return. Also, there is no such thing as environmentally benign drilling. It all pollutes eventually. I would think that creative minds would be chomping at the bit to create this new clean energy future, free from the clutches of multinational corporations. Here is a petition with some of the facts about oil drilling:
    Also, I thought the Republican hissy fit in Congress was hysterical and ridiculous. No shame!


  8. visitor permalink
    August 5, 2008 11:33 am

    Nothing to do with oil here. This guy just want to get elected. He will say anything, switch to anywhere. He dosn’t have any principle, any bottom line. It will be disaster if we let such a person be our president. You just can’t trust him


  9. Matt permalink
    August 13, 2008 5:15 am

    I just ran across this interesting article “Drill Here, Drill Now,” that delivered a number of interesting points about offshore drilling. One interesting fact is that 620,500 barrels of oil ooze organically from North America’s ocean floors each year, compared to the average 6,555 barrels that oil companies have spilled annually since 1998. It’s an interesting article and i suggest you read it.


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