How little regard does Sen. McCain actually have for voters’ genuine concerns about nuclear safety and waste issues? Consider his remarks yesterday from Cedar Falls, Iowa:
“You know, the other night in the debate with Senator Obama, I said his eloquence is admirable, but pay attention to his words. We talk about offshore drilling and he said he would quote, consider, offshore drilling. We talked about nuclear power, well it has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah.“
(Hoots, hollers and applause.)
The safety of nuclear power is a “blah, blah, blah” issue? Nuclear waste is a “blah, blah, blah” issue? Heck, McCain himself opposes letting nuclear waste go through Phoenix! This would boggle the mind if we hadn’t heard so many other amazing things come out of McCain’s mouth (see The real, Luddite McCain: “The truly clean technologies don’t work”).
And no McCain rally would be complete without the mindless GOP fossil-fuel chant:
“I have news for Senator Obama, nuclear power is safe, we ought to do it now. The British, the French, the Japanese, all reprocess spent nuclear fuel. We can do that, too. And by the way, he said he would consider off shore drilling. We’ll drill off shore and we’ll drill now.”(Chants of drill baby, drill.)
On the other hand, the mere fact that McCain keeps campaigning in Iowa shows how unstrategic and uninformed the GOP nominee is. He skipped the caucuses, he (mostly) rails against farm subsidies, and virtually every political expert thinks he is completely wasting his time in the state. Pollster.com has him 12 points behind in the state (see here) — and they don’t even include it on their list of battleground states!!
McCain isn’t losing because of his thoughtless position on nuclear power — although it certainly isn’t helping him (see “Note to John McCain: Uncommitted Ohio voters just aren’t into nuclear power“) — he is losing because his campaign doesn’t understand strategy, tactics, or messaging.
- Matt Simmons: “John McCain is energy illiterate. He’s just witless about this stuff.”
- McCain nuclear energy revival may cost $315 billion, with taxpayers’ risking over $100B
- Nuclear storage at Yucca jumps 38% — to $96B
- The Self-Limiting Future of Nuclear Power
- McCain, NOT the candidate of change, says no to Boxer-L-W without giga-subsidies for nukes
- Nuclear Pork — Enough is Enough
- Power plants costs double since 2000 — Efficiency anyone?
- “Drill baby, drill”: The moment the Republic died