The Campaign Spot

Will Offshore Drilling Be a Big Issue in Virginia’s Governor’s Race?

An issue to keep an eye on in Virginia’s gubernatorial race this year: offshore natural-gas drilling.

Rules banning drilling off the Atlantic shore for natural gas and oil have expired, but the Department of the Interior has to set out a process to approve new projects. Gov. Tim Kaine is telling Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take his time laying out that process.

Republican candidate and former Attorney General Bob McDonnell wants drilling to begin as quickly as possible. He challenged his Democratic opponents to join him; none did.

McDonnell is open to both oil and gas drilling; Terry McAuliffe was quick to emphasize he opposed oil drilling (as does the state legislature). Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds indicated they oppose all drilling.

Last year, Sen. Jim Webb indicated he supports natural-gas drilling off Virginia’s shores.

UPDATE: Notice these poll numbers in this recent statement by the president of the American Petroleum Institute:

Americans support expanded development of our domestic resources. Even as oil and gasoline prices have plummeted in recent months, 61 percent say they want to see development of our resources in off-limits federal waters. A full 70 percent of Virginians in a July poll supported increased offshore development. It is time to start listening to the wisdom of the American people and stop putting off until tomorrow what we should be doing today.”

Of course, last July was near the peak of gas prices. But how much could that number have dropped since then?

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
Education

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More