Obama: Offshore Drilling Won’t Provide Short Term Relief

ImageThe campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quickly put out a statement in response to President Bush’s lifting of the executive offshore drilling ban.

“If offshore drilling would provide short-term relief at the pump or a long-term strategy for energy independence, it would be worthy of our consideration, regardless of the risks. But most experts, even within the Bush Administration, concede it would do neither. It would merely prolong the failed energy policies we have seen from Washington for thirty years,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

The campaign also called for real solutions to the energy crisis, “Senator Obama believes Americans need real short-term relief, which is why he has proposed a second round of stimulus with energy rebates for working families. And over the long-term, Senator Obama understands that our national security and the survival of the planet demand a real strategy to break our dependence on foreign oil by developing clean, new sources of energy and by vastly improving the energy efficiency of our cars, trucks and our economy. He is ready to lead such a transformation.”

Polls show that when voters are asked the generic question, do you support offshore drilling most people say yes. However, on the rare occasion that a poll actually asks the correct question, which is do you support offshore drilling if it won’t help the price of oil for 10-15 years? Support for the idea declines.

Republicans are trying to pull a bit of a bait and switch on the voters. They argue that we can solve our energy problems by offshore drilling for oil, but what they leave out is that the oil will belong to the oil companies, not the United States, and that this relief will take over a decade to arrive and will last for 3 years.

The American people don’t like the fact that they are paying so much for gas, but they don’t want to drive less. They are looking for an easy answer. However, there is no painless solution to this problem. I don’t think that Bush, McCain, and the GOP will be able to fool voters through Election Day. Obama has to keep hammering with the fact that offshore drilling won’t solve the problem.

Obama Campaign Statement

12 Replies to “Obama: Offshore Drilling Won’t Provide Short Term Relief”

  1. So, what is his plan exactly? This is more empty, anti-growth platitudes from an extremely vacuous candidate and campaign.

    I will tell you that which assuredly will not solve the problem, inaction, which, including increased government control, is what Obama champions.

  2. Increased government control is a great idea. In fact, we should start by getting rid of the Enron loophole which McCain advisor Phil Gramm snuck into a bill in 2000 when he was in the Senate. Secondly, we can get the hell out of Iraq and then watch oil prices.

    You don’t get it. It was a combination of unnecessary federal action and Republican love letters to the oil companies that created this mess in the first place. There is nothing Obama can do that would be half as bad as what Bush and the GOP have done.

  3. “Senator Obama believes Americans need real short-term relief, which is why he has proposed a second round of stimulus with energy rebates for working families.”

    I thought Obama said McCain’s plan to cut fuel taxes was a gimmick, designed to gain votes. What do you call an “energy rebate?”

  4. I don’t understand about offshore drilling. I haven’t made a decision because I don’t know why it was banned, does the oil drilled there belong to the US or oil companys and if by oil companys if they oil companys are in the US. Anyone know where I can get info that I can understand that is not bias?

  5. If the ban was removed today, oil companies (some not even American) would begin to build them, some just 3 miles offshore, and would take approx 8-14 years to complete, at which time would add 1% to the world oil market (it would not be for the US, it would simply add it to the world market, where oil is purchased) and would bring down prices at the pump, for about 3 years a total of a few pennies. It WOULD however, be a pretty fair boon for the oil companies.

    This is NOT a solution by any stretch. It’s a hoax and a gimmick to scare the ill-informed to get votes, nothing more. The real story is why this is not being reported, ad nauseam on news networks… just ask the administration itself, harvard professors and oil company shills themselves. They all say these facts are the reality. So why McCain is putting the opposite in ads? Because he knows most Americans are ill-informed, and that it will work. Nothing more.

    Not to mention there are millions of acres that have been approved for drilling by oil companies on US soil that haven’t been tapped yet… in fact when questioned about it, oil companies can’t even give numbers as to how much exploration has been done on this land.

    It’s a crock, and McCain is hoping dumb people eat it up… and unfortunately it looks like it’s working. *sigh*

  6. So drilling off our shores, to create oil that would add 1% to the world market in 8-14 years is a good idea? My god… you must own stock in BP Amoco, Exxon, etc… they would be the ONLY people (well, and their friends like Bushy and McCain) that would think this is even remotely would be a good idea.

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