The Campaign Spot

A Potent Issue, With Less Contrast Than Would Be Ideal

Gas prices get even higher, ensuring that oil and energy will be dominant issues in the campaign this summer. GatewayPundit has some great maps showing areas that are off-limits to offshore drilling.

He writes, “Which party blocked drilling in ANWR?– Democrat”, which is accurate, but we ought to note that (sigh) McCain opposes drilling in ANWR as well.
McCain also describes himself as a “federalist” on offshore drilling (even though one poll suggested 75 percent of Alaskans support ANWR drilling) and a “let the locals decide” policy sounds like a formula to reinforce the Not In My Back Yard attitudes.
Since clinching the nomination, McCain’s campaign has been a series of tours – the foreign tour, the bio tour, the forgotten parts of America tour, the health care tour, the “see, I like conservatives” tour. May I recommend the “where gasoline comes from” tour?
Day one, an area off-limits to drilling because of federal regulations. Day two, a refinery — one of those important structures that we haven’t built in this country since 1976. Day three, a distribution plant, observing the Byzantine system of blend requirements in each state. Day four, the gas stations themselves, noting that 18 states don’t have any oil refineries, meaning that all of their supply has to be transported from out of state.

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