Senator John McCain has emphasized his disagreements with President Bush over environmentalism, but yesterday he came out with an attack on environmental policies by calling for resumption of offshore drilling for oil in California. He said there”are areas off our coasts that could be open to exploration and exploitation and I hope we can take the first step by lifting the moratorium(on offshore drilling).” The senator emphasized the issue was one of “national security” and America had to end its concern about obtaining this oil. He insisted the oil would be helpful in the short term in resolving the energy crisis. To add to the confusion of his remarks, Senator McCain has opposed Bush efforts to drill in Alaska.
The senator appears to miss the issues confronting American society. The United States must move away from dependance on oil as its main energy source and explore other possibilities. If Senator McCain seeks short term solutions, one simple way of reducing import of oil is requiring cars to obtain 36 miles to the gallon. The nation needs a new rapid transit system approach that would facilitate use of rapid transit in urban areas.
John McCain is pandering to fears and anxieties rather than offering leadership in fostering dramatic changes in our energy policies. Of course, on one hand he wants to drill offshore in the California area, but opposes offshore in the Alaska area. Will the real John McCain please stand up!