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. Rob indetroit

    maverick : independent;radical, a nonconformist; one who acts independently. John Mccain is not a maverick he's a republican plain & simple he's bush's clone.

    June 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Tim

    Drill, Drill, Drill........

    All the OIl in the World
    CAN'T FUEL
    All The Cars in the World!!!

    Oil is used and gone forever,
    but Cars will still EXIST!!!!!

    Demand for Car Use is at it's highest, while
    Availability of Oil is at it's lowest,
    so prices are high!!!!

    It's time for Hybrids, Electrics, Solar, and other types of Fuel!!!!!
    Time to solve the problem Now!!!!
    Time for Change!!!!!

    Obama 08!!!!

    June 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Bradley In Colorado

    Right on, Gov. Richardson!

    June 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. MICHAEL J JIMENEZ

    As much as I dislike The entire Bush Administration, I have to wonder if off shore drilling could be the solution...If there is one thing the Bush family knows besides politics it's OIL!...Granted it's not a solution that will resolve thing immediately, but with talk of $5 a gallon gas we can't sit around and do nothing.

    June 22, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Conservatist Rule

    I can't believe this crap. Richardson should know that oil is the only way we can continue. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm voting McCain. He's got the best message, and it's much better than filp-flopper Osama's plans. He's just scary.

    NObama.

    Puma PAC

    June 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. bk

    Judas Richardson should talk he was energy secretary and did nothing. We have to do a variety of things and drilling is one of them. All that money we are paying for oil could be used right here in the US and it will create a lot of jobs. If we keep putting it off we will be in the same mess we were in when Jimmie Carter was president. 18% interest rates and no gas.

    June 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Ellen

    I have been very surprised in Bill Richardso's intelligence. He is not nearly as smart as I once thought. I would not believe anything "JUDAS" would say.

    June 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. John Everett

    And close the ENRON LOOPHOLE!

    June 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Ron, NY

    Now Bill Richardson is an energy expert--he says we can't drill our way out of the oil problem-–gee that makes sense--so let's not drill our way out of the oil problem-

    June 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton,TX

    McCain's plan must have some real merit if the ultra liberal Hindsight Bowery Boys think the idea stinks!

    June 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Bill, Miami

    All of a sudden Bill Richardson has the answer to our energy problem-isn't that politically convenient?--where was he when we needed the answers 10-20 years ago????? Where were they all 10-20 years ago???? Funny how they all become experts in an election year.

    June 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Diing in Washington

    I just like how he called it "cosmetic steps"

    June 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. EBC

    Sen. McCain needs to have these oil rigs drill in his back yard. We'll see if he STILL thinks its a good idea. I mean we don't need more oil drilling. We need to fix a system that has allowed the energy regulators and oil companies to work in "kohoots" with each other while getting RICHER and RICHER!!!

    Do you honestly think an oil Exec. is thinking about the average man's struggle? Do you think he cares about YOU and your family?

    Pleeeeeez, we need to re-write law and energy legislations that stop all this stupidity from continuing. Some one needs to wake up and get a grip and it's certainly NOT Sen. McBush!

    June 22, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Nick - Arlington, VA

    hey Bill, Miami...he was the Energy Secretary under Clinton...I think he knows something about energy....

    June 22, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. curly

    No, "You can't drill your way out of the problem" But the other technologies cannot be developed fast enough to solve the price we have to pay for energy now. Taxing the oil companies will not bring down the price either. Taxes will only dryup the energy supply that we have now (see what taxes did in the late 70's. It will take a complet apprach of production of oil coal nuclear wind and any other forms we can produce "to solve the problem".

    June 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. midge from ohio

    I don't listen to or read anything he has to say. He is very full of himself.

    June 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Evans Oseki

    Where ever the wind blows, so does McCain. Out of touch with reality that old man.

    June 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. wiser

    Governor Richardson is a phony just like Senator Obama!

    Senator Obama has no experience and the only change he has made so far is to throw his grandmother, Reverend Wright, and his promise to support campaign finance reform under the bus.

    Democrats for McCain!

    June 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Jen, CA

    Yes, Richardson has real credibility! Remember his lackluster showings during the debates and in the first primary and caucus contests? But, then again – he DID support and sign a bill into law that would ban cockfighting in New Mexico! Go home, Richardson, and admire your 30 pieces of silver, you flake!

    June 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. dems be dopes

    Al Gore....Global Warming and Internet expert

    Bill Richardson...Energy expert

    Hillary Clinton....Ex Presedential Candidate expert

    The next Dem expert will be???

    June 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. That's Reality

    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.”

    STENY HOYER'S STATEMENT IS HOGWASH. McCain has not changed his position. The person who keeps flip-flopping is Barack Obama. The Democrat's policies regarding the environment is what got us into this energy crisis. McCain is all for the comprehensive strategy Hoyer touts, but McCain knows we need MORE than that INCLUDING DRILLING FOR OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES AND NOT JUST RELYING ON THE SAUDIS. Gas prices will go even higher if the Dems have it their way. VOTE FOR McCAIN.

    June 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. msgijoe

    Richardson is telling it straight. Anyone that is capable of rational thought and concern for our country knows that oil is a limited resource commodity that is going to get more expensive as the cheap sources begin to run dry. The long range solution is to increase the efficiency of of our oil consumption and develop alternative energy resources. Bush and Cheney have manipulated us so that we are now at the mercy of "unknown" speculators that are doing a job on us much as Enron did to California.

    June 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. That's Reality

    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.”

    STENY HOYER'S STATEMENT IS HOGWASH. McCain has not changed his position. The person who keeps flip-flopping is Barack Obama. The Democrat's policies regarding the environment is what got us into this energy crisis. McCain is all for the comprehensive strategy Hoyer touts, but McCain knows we need MORE than that INCLUDING DRILLING FOR OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES AND NOT JUST RELYING ON THE SAUDIS. Gas prices will go even higher if the Dems have it their way. VOTE FOR McCAIN. Richardson's been hearing the liberal mantra for too long.

    June 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Eugene

    Yeah, Bill Richardson is an energy expert, but the brilliant supporters of the democratic party decided to back two candidates that know nothing about energy.

    June 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Who cares what this lying hypocrite has to say on ANY subject?

    I hope the people of New Mexico were paying attention to this jerk and his opportunism during the campaign. New Mexicans are very smart, they picked Hillary in the primaries.

    Now they need to retire Gov. Judas Richardson.

    June 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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