Is Drilling For Oil the Most Important Thing Today?

September 15, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

John McCain thinks so. Senator Whitehouse asks this question of some experts


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  1. Dan, I can’t see videos at work, but I do recall going on vacation as a young child with my family back in the ’60s. On the way back home from Disneyland, we stopped in Santa Barbara to go play on the beach. Evidently, there had been a oil spill from one of the offshore oil platforms prior to our visit (wikipedia says there was an oil spill in 1969, so that was probably the year we went), and I remember going back to the car with sandy clumps of oil sticking to the bottoms of all of our shoes.

    Are the offshore drilling proponents promising that this kind of thing can never happen again?

  2. Are you kidding? Look at how vague their promises are. It’s just a political ploy.

  3. I read some article recently that made a great point about the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. The author noted that it would be roughly analogous to chanting “type, baby, type” in the face of the personal computer and modern word-processing.

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