Polluters pay McCain, that is, when he flip flops.
“Industry Gushed Money After Reversal on Drilling” blares the Washington Post headline today:
Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.
Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month — three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban — compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.
The above graph comes courtesy of “John McCain, Big Oil’s Million-Dollar Maverick” a Wonk Room piece by Daniel J. Weiss, a Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Weiss notes that on July 22 McCain said,
My friends, we have to drill off shore. We have to do it. It’s out there and we can do it. And we can do that. The oil executives say within a couple of years we could be seeing results from it. So why not do it?
McCain now takes his policy guidance from oil executives. Hmm. Who else in the Republican Party are oil executives? Sounds like a third term of oil-exectutive-friendly policies.
In any case, as I have noted many times, the analysis from the Bush administration’s own energy experts do not support the outrageous lies of the oil executives here. We’d be lucky to see a significant amount of oil in 10 years from ending a moratorium on coastal drilling — and we’d never an impact on gasoline prices (see “The cruel offshore-drilling hoax.”)
As oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens says, “this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of.”
The bottom line: Polluters pay McCain to flip-flop his position and embrace Big Oil along with all of its pollution.
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