June 17th, 2008
11:36 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain plan calls for end to offshore drilling ban

McCain’s new energy plan will officially be unveiled Tuesday afternoon.

McCain’s new energy plan will officially be unveiled Tuesday afternoon.

(CNN) - John McCain is set to deliver an energy policy speech Tuesday that looks to meet the demands of those calling for a boost in the nation’s oil supply and those seeking greater environmental protections.

WATCH: McCain adviser previews energy plan

McCain’s new plan includes a boost in both alternative energy use and domestic energy production, according to early excerpts of his remarks provided by his presidential campaign. On Monday, the presumptive Republican nominee said the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling should be lifted, and the decision left to individual states.

"We have proven oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States. But a broad federal moratorium stands in the way of energy exploration and production,” McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will say at a Houston speech late Tuesday afternoon, according to advance excerpts released by his campaign. “And I believe it is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions and to put our own reserves to use."

The Arizona senator’s comments Monday on offshore drilling drew immediate criticism from presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, who said McCain had decided “to completely change his position and tell a group of Houston oil executives exactly what they wanted to hear.”

But McCain continues to stress his environmental credentials, visiting the Everglades last week to highlight his stand on conservation, and releasing a campaign ad Tuesday that said he “stood up to the president” on global warming years ago.

In his Houston speech, he is set to stress the same themes. "In the face of climate change and other serious challenges, energy conservation is no longer just a moral luxury or a personal virtue," he will say. "Conservation serves a critical national goal. Over time, we must shift our entire energy economy toward a sustainable mix of new and cleaner power sources."

Read more on the McCain plan here.

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soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Illinois

    And Joe in VA, if Obama proposed something we're completely against, why would we support the idea? Your comment doesn't even make sense.

    I know many extreme right-wing Corporations-First, America-Last types have developed a fantasy about Obama supporters, but we are not easily swayed into foolish, fake solutions like those proposed by Bush/McCain and the Party of Constant Failure.

    Its called "Arctic Wildlife Refuge", not "Disposable Natural Area in exchange for a $2 reduction in the price of oil per barrel". There are better solutions, son, and while the average middle-school dropout may not be able to comprehend it, Democrats can. Sorry, but the time of Republicans destroying the United States of America with idiotic policies has come to a close.

    June 17, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    > You seem to be against the idea because McCain proposed it.

    No, we are against it because it is a stupid idea (I am a scientist so I know a little about these things). What we need is independence from oil i.e. non-feedstock cellulosics and other forms of renewable energy. This is a cornerstone of Obama's energy policy for those of you that actually care about issues.

    June 17, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Is it all possible to trust anything McCain says. Either he's for the environment or he is not. Which is it today? He wants to play both ends against each other and I think the end result will be that he loses big time on both counts. Lets support Obama since at least we know where he stands on this issue.

    June 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Shawn - Atlanta

    is this his "realistic plan that will curb greenhouse gas emissions"?

    June 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is different from the Bush policy. Bush wants to drill in Alaska, while McCain wants to drill off the mainland coasts. That's two different places folks, and McCain will not be hurting any polar bears or endangering other polar animal species.

    Now how does this proposal "curb greenhouse gases" as advertised? This ad is typical of the half-truths that have come out of the Bush administration for years on end now. I will be fair and call this ad "deceptive" for what it does not state.

    June 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Dan , TX

    McCain, even if we had 21 billion barrels we use 21 million barrels every day. That's enough oil so the US would be self sufficient for oil for THREE YEARS. Then it's gone and we have no reserve left? Don't we want to save that 21 billion barrel reserve for our children and grandchildren?

    June 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Good ol' boy at heart

    I say drill everywhere even under the White House! Just leave my guns and truck alone. These kids today get off too easy. Let em sweat a bit and earn their keep. All I know is that when gas becomes ten dollars a gallon I will get rid of at least two of my amps and subwoofers in my 4×4. That thing is a monster to fill but hey it is fun to intimidate those smaller sedans on the road. Those ol' ladies sure can yell!
    McCain until 09!

    June 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. THIS IS NOT a democratic or republican problem

    This is an AMERICAN problem...

    please leave your political beliefs out of the argument. Many of you have nothing to stand on because you are narrow minded.

    We need any and all energy sources working together to solve our crisis. This coming from the fromer Exxon CEO from the 1980s on where we are today.

    If he can understand this, I sure hope all of you can. It takes 30 YEARS to get your foot in the door just to see if you can try to get a permit to build a nuclear plant...


    June 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Jim

    I sit here and read the blogs and the stupidity of the American public overwhelm me. Just love to take cheap shots and talk out of their posterior. It is about time we renewed off-shore drilling. For those who continue to preach the environment, do some research!!
    Annually.........forest fires consume more timber and land, and expel more emissions into the atmosphere than by human means. Liberals and environmentalist need to escape from their vacuum of sterilization. The word liberal equates to rewarding failure, and second and third generation welfare recipients, while sucking more taxes out of hard working America.

    June 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. What if?

    TO.....Conservative for McCain June 17th, 2008 1:08 pm ET
    LOVE and Peace… I LOVE BHO, I LOVE BHO…… IS our Commit here to pick us up yet……..I LOVE BHO……..DOWN with McSAME……I LOVE BHO. Obama is the Savior of the WORLD…… I LOVE BHO…..
    I bet this will get posted....
    It's people like this who starts calling Obama a Savior, Moses and Jesus..........Then when he does something positive and EXPERIECNED they are the one's who comment things like who he think he is a Savior, Jesus or Moses, if you stop and think for yourself, you won't have to ask this question again.....Oh by the Way......WELCOME ABOARD REPUBLICAN FOR MCCAIN.......OBAMA AND HIS SUPPORTERS THANK YOU...WE LOVE HIM TOOOOOOOOOO.

    June 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Jarrett

    What many of you fail to realize is that opening up and drilling in these places will take 7-10 years for any real production to be realized and experts have said that the decrease in the price of gas will only amount to a couple of cents. We cannot keep taking the short-term solution but must invest in the future and possibly be forced to go through difficult times in order to prosper. The answer is not to do more drilling but focus on alternative sources of fuel.energy that can sustain long-term growth.

    June 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Amy from MIchigan

    This is such backwards thinking! We now have the technology to build hybrid cars, electric cars, wind and solar power, and McCain is still thinking oil? We need to move beyond oil, and we need an administration who's not tied to the oil company puppet strings. We need new blood, new ideas, new thinking in Washington, and McCain is not the one to bring about new anything.

    June 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. David in Illinois

    LIMITED drilling using latest technology makes sense and can indeed be done safely...It buys us time while we get alternatives up and running. But I want a President Obama to oversee this energy policy. I think he knows America will have to start drilling and using more nuclear in the very near future. McCain doesn't care about what consumers are paying at the pump. The only thing he cares about all the oil-industry lobbyists fueling his campaign. His campaign is nothing BUT lobbyists. At least Obama will keep the consumer and the nation's economy in mind as he crafts a realistic energy policy. McCain doesn't know squat about the economy... he's even said so. And I believe him!!!!

    June 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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