Battling Big Oil

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"Battling Big Oil"

Oil Rig

As John McCain travels to do a gimmicky appearance on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig to argue that oil companies should be given greater freedom to wreak environmental havoc and damage coastal economies in the name of enhanced production, can we recall that it was just two weeks ago that the McCain campaign released an add touting him as the right guy to “battle big oil.”

I understand that McCain’s changed positions on a lot of issues over the past ten years — often twice — but this here is like an insta-contradiction. What’s he going to battle big oil about? Climate and energy really was an issue where McCain had put meaningful distance between himself and GOP orthodoxy as of two or even one years ago, but now he’s completely walked away from that legacy and nobody seems to be asking him what happened to the McCain who used to think reducing carbon emissions was worth battling big oil over.

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