June 22nd, 2008
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Richardson: 'You can't drill your way out of the problem'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/22/art.richardson.ap.jpg caption="New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson."]
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama supporter Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, attacked Sen. John McCain’s stance on offshore drilling on Sunday, calling the Arizona senator’s plan “cosmetic steps.”

“The point is that we have got to have a bipartisan comprehensive strategy and this administration, it seems Senator McCain, all they want to do is drill, drill, drill,” the former Democratic candidate told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “You can't drill your way out of the problem.”

Democrats have criticized the presumptive Republican nominee for his apparent “flip-flop” on the issue of offshore drilling. The McCain camp denies that he’s changed his position, arguing that he has always supported a state’s right to choose what happens in its coastal waters. Aides said recently that the senator voted to uphold the federal ban on ocean drilling in 2000 as a way of supporting states’ rights.

Throughout his appearance on Late Edition, Richardson frequently linked McCain’s proposal to the plan put forth by President Bush.

“The Bush administration has waited eight years to pressure OPEC and their great friends, the Saudis. When President Bush came in, he said he was going to jawbone OPEC to increase production,” the governor stated. “What is needed is not what the president and John McCain want to do, which is drill offshore. What is needed is a comprehensive strategy of fuel efficiency, 50 miles-per-gallon vehicles… mass transit. What is needed is investments in renewable energy and solar and wind,” he said.

Richardson is the latest in a string of Democrats to slam McCain’s solution for lowering gas prices. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada called it a “cynical campaign ploy” and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said: “It is so hard to tell what Sen. McCain’s positions are because they change so rapidly… [This] is certainly not the position he had just six months ago.”

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. O Boy

    What to say........

    Again the democrats continue to attack while offering no solutions of there own.

    McCain did change his stance, but in 2000 I was paying $1.20 for a gallon of gas, today I pay $4.40. Things have changed..........

    June 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Speechless

    Some of Those Endorsing Obama:

    – Louis Farrakhan ( Nation of Islam Leader, racist, anti-Semite)
    – Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades ( Islamic Terror Organization)
    – Raial Odinga ( Fundamental Islamic candidate, Kenya,poss. cousin)
    – Daniel Ortega ( Marxist Sandinista Laeader, Nicaragua)
    – Raul Castro ( Hard-line Communist Leader, Cuba)
    – Socialist Party (Marxist Political Party)
    – The New Black Panther Party ( Black Militant Organization)
    – Hamas Terrorist Organization ( Islamic Terrorist Organization)

    Why are so many American enemies rooting for Sen. Obama???

    June 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Marge Hibbing Mn

    But if we gathered all the butts, like richardson, kerry, conyers, leahy, biden and especially olbermann and obama to the moon we just might turn this country around.

    June 22, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. R.O.B.

    Yeah, I think we need to do all of it. Domestic drilling and producing more fuel effecient vehicles and finding renewable enery sources. We need to rely less on other countries as possible. By doing this we would have better control over situations we are having the most problems with now.

    June 22, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. sylvia

    I am sooo not interested in anything this jerk has to say. He will forever be JUDAS to me

    June 22, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. geoff heald

    this is the same crap they, the environmentalist's and Democrats have been saying since 1973. Had we not allowed these freaks to stop us, for the last 30 years, we would not have the problem today.

    June 22, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Dot

    The Latinos couldn't vote for this man when he was a candidate himself why should they vote for Obama because of him? He is one of those who will hurt Obama

    June 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Vig

    There goes Richardson again, kissing Obama's buttocks – gee do you think he wants to be VP? All these yes men – yes we can – Obama will turn out to be nothing more than a "yes man". Write-in Hillary CLinton on your November ballot and put a back bone in the White House.

    June 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Anthony Russo

    It's straight supply and demand. Yes we need new energy and conservation, but if we have oil, it is ridiculous for us not to be drilling it and adding to our own supply.

    There are ecological ways to drill and the oil companies are regulated enough to use them and get some more supply. Along with conservation and new energy, that is the answer. Allk solutions have to be implemented.

    You can't clean a room by picking up things, dusting, washing, but not vacuuming! Thats ridiculous! You have to do it all.

    June 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Doesn't Bush #2 have the "executive" power to undo what Bush #1 did in his executive orders re: drilling?

    Facts are that the big oil companies have numerous capped wells they aren't using and unused permits to drill offshore already. They want it all and they want it now!

    What were the Republicans doing from 2000-2006? They had complete control of Congress and Bush didn't even put ink in his veto pen!

    I would still be very curious what Cheney and his "energy" friends met and planned before he'd even moved into the VP's house.

    Republicans answer to all questions: drill – drill – drill or bomb- bomb – bomb.

    Imagine what could have been done with all the money "invested" in the war in Iraq.

    June 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Sharon Canada

    Canada is the 2nd largest oil producing nation on earth. America, if you drill for oil, it will NOT bring your prices down. I paid $5.96 a gal. to fill up in Vancouver on Friday. By the way, 35% of your oil is imported from us, and although your prices have risen, not nearly as much as ours – and it's in our own yard.

    June 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. eam

    ask about GLOBAL POVERTY ACT THAT OBAMA IS ENDORSING.

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    HE WANTS TO SEND OUR MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHAN WE NEED IT THE MOST ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    GLOBAL PAOVERTY ACT.

    IT WILL ALSO REQUIRE US TO GIVE UP OUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    LOOK IT UP ITS ENDORSED BY OBAMA ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!

    June 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Jay

    It seems like Judas likes to be in the limelight. No one cares what you say Benedict Arnold.

    I am at a crossroad I thought I would never be in my life. Considering voting for a republican. I don't know what to do – the only thing I am certain about is that my vote will not go to Obama. He is something that can't be trusted.

    June 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Rob indetroit

    When Sen. Mccain destroys the planet . he'll say well my friends i am sorry i thought i was hurting Iran.

    June 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. matt

    The problem is the Neo-cons have chuck norris pushing for this new dead end band-aid to America's energy crisis. Can Richardson put on a cowboy hat and spin kick a minority in the face while promoting his plan?

    June 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Gary Chandler in Canada

    There ARE measures that would ease the fuel crisis, and the success in Brazil is proof positive. Sugar cane is better than corn.
    (Sewage can actually fuel it's own treatment. Google it!)
    So long as the oil lobbyists have a strangle hold the legislative process, NOTHING will be done to help the consumer lower energy costs.
    It won't be until THEY make the profits off of 'alternative' energy supplies that they will come into production.
    Off course, if you can elect politicians that are not under the thumb of the lobbyists, then you might have a chance.

    June 22, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    Who cares what this Judas thinks? Obama only knows how to knock the other persons plan, while not detailing his own. To say, " we have a comprensive strategy" without saying what that strategy is, tells me nothing. It is like his whole campaign has been, "I did not vote for the war." (He might have voted for it, or mostly likely have been absent when the vote came up.) How did he vote on the Iran issue? He was absent! How did he vote as a State Senator? Present, over 100 times. McCain missed 60% of the Senate votes, Obama 42%, Hillary 25%. It is easy to judge others, when you have little or nothing to be judged on. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November, and vote my conscience.

    June 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Joe the Troll

    It's about time. We've known since the 70s that oil's days are numbered, but it's inconvenient and leads to uncomfortable changes so we just ignore it. We can't ignore it anymore. We don't need an oil crony offering a band-aid that won't even stick in the first place, we need real leadership that will take us where most of us aren't eager to go.

    June 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Mark Amato

    First, I don't like Obama or McCain. I have never voted Republican but I am sick of lies and obstructionist stupidity from the left. How do they know we can't solve a big part of our energy problem by drilling? How do they know how much oil is out there to be discovered? They don't! It's just negative wishful thinking. They celebrate every new problem that comes along for the US. Anti-American, blame America first scum! Obama is not leading or uniting. I have never seen such huge divisions. You should have kept your place in line!

    June 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    The continued policy of NOT doing anything about anything, is the real problem in D.C. I am with the Dems on this one...
    You can't drill your way out of a problem that has existed for over 30 years. Congress and the Senate over the past 30 years haven't worked to solve any of these problems, because they believed there were none... but experts have warned our Nation's leaders for decades, that we need to change our policy on energy.

    There is only one man running for President that has an actual energy policy worth looking at... and if you believe it's going to come for nothing... your dead wrong... and this country will now have to pay for the mistakes of the past administrations.....(multiple) for their lack of progressive thinking, integrity, honesty, and intelligence with regards to energy policy in this country.

    June 22, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    COM ON GOV.RICHARDSON, BUSH & CHANEY NEED

    THE MONEY. THEY TOOK US FOR EVERY THING THEY

    CAN & MCMOULD HAS THE SAME AGENDA. THE GAS

    PRICES SET BY BUSH AND CHANEY DEREGULATION.

    THE SAUDIS CHARGE $55.00 PER BARREL. THE

    BALANCE ADDED ON BY TRADERS.

    June 22, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Loretta from California

    McCain is flip-flopping so often I can't remember what his original thought was on any issue. I'll have to go back and review them all.

    June 22, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    BUSH, MCBUSH & CHANEY WANT THIS BADLY.

    THE LAST LOOTING OF AMERICA BY IT'S OWN.

    NONE OF THE TREE HAVE DONE AN HONEST DAYS WORK.

    June 22, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. bernice

    Tell it like it is Richardson.

    June 22, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Senator Richardson is right!
    Senator McCain changes his position every thirty minutes.
    He forgets what he says.
    Can we risk putting this man in the White House as President?

    June 22, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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