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. john

    Some hope:

    US Oil crisis + Oil drilling in US = solve US Oil crisis

    The truth is :

    US Oil crisis + Oil drilling in US – China & India use US Oil = US Oil crisis

    US Oil crisis + Oil drilling in US – OPEC to reduce Oil pump = US Oil crisis

    The answer is:

    US Oil crisis – US to refuse using Oil = no US Oil crisis.
    Refuse using oil = Alternative resources, renewable resources

    June 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. 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. The liberals goal is to have the citizens of theis country live like third world nations while they rise to the top. Who's "they"? The liberals, of course. Al Gore is using more energy to supply his compound than he did before; isn't that an "inconvenient truth"?

    June 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. spacewriter

    Guys, Richardson's been talking about these things for years. Republicans didn't want to hear any of it and unless you got your nose out of Fox News, you wouldn't have known either. Wake up boys - drilling's not the answer.

    June 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. 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. The liberal's goal is to have the citizens of this country live like third world nations while they rise to the top. Who's "they"? The liberals, of course. Al Gore is using more energy to supply his compound than he did before; isn't that an "inconvenient truth"?

    June 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. kathy in ohio

    him and obama are 2 peas in a pod. any idea hillary or mccain come up with they cut it down and then in the next breath they will take it on as their own idea.

    June 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Jenny from IN

    We can't drill our way out of the problem.

    Any moron with an ounce of sense knows that.

    So wake up.

    Obama '08.

    June 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. patrick

    Nothing like advice from somebody that has kept New Mexico a third world country. Saying you can't drill your way out of a problem is like saying you can't eat your way out of hunger. Bill Richardson would rather tighten the belt around your waist so you won't be as hungry.

    June 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Ray from CA

    I hope your not bashing Bill, Bill from Miami

    Mr. Richardson is a good person and knows what he is talking about and to me he is a engery expert so he knows more about this than McCain and Obama.

    Obama 08

    June 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Bill

    Bill Richardson needs to just SHUT UP and go away. He is pathetic for jumping up and down like donkey from Shrek – "pick me, pick me" this clown does not deserve to be on any short list for VP.

    June 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Astounded

    RIchardson should shut up, he betrayed the people of New Mexico and he keep mouthing off in the media like he knows anything – he's had lots of time in politics to clear up these problems he speaks of. He used to be the U.S. Secretary of Energy – where were all his 'solutions' then? What a moron....

    June 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Olivia

    EEEK! NOT BILL RICHARDSON FOR VP!!??

    ......OR ENERGY EXPERT.

    HE NOW HAS A REPUTATION TO FIX.... AFTER THE HILLARY THING.

    June 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. WisCon

    There may not be a quick fix to the gas prices but why not try to fix it for the future. We've had low gas prices for the last 30 years compared to other nations. At least McCain has a reasonable asnwer for the future. Oh but wait, that may require patience from us in the US. We want everything right now. It's just like the recent college grad that wants to be making top dollar but doens't realize that it takes time and experiece. Good things come to those who wait.

    June 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Drillbit

    Why can't we drill our way out of this problem, its all supply versus demand. If we want to be less dependent on other countries for energy lets start drilling for more oil and increase our supply. Too bad former Pres Clinton didn't sign the bill 10 years ago that would have allowed offshore drilling, if he had we wouldn't be at 4 and 5 dollars a gallon today.

    June 22, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Ted

    Bill is not running for anything, I believe. So for him, it doesn't matter how he's perceived. He was in the Clinton Admin. as...guess what? AN ENERGY EXPERT! You uneducated Hillarites need to go do your homework.

    June 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    thats right you cant drill away the problem we need new ways of energy use not drilling

    June 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Mo S.

    Here in Washington State gas per gallon is on avg 4.30, Ive seen as high as 4.87 although due to our state tax as well plays a part. But Its past time we found other sources of energy and make oil and Car companies not just use their power and shut down all other sources and we need a government that will hold these people accountable and Strike down on the speculation & we as people need to hold our government accountable.

    Enough said.

    PS. Thanks Mr.Bush
    Its been A great 8 years of mis-focus mishandlings and just dropping the ball on 100 million different issues and Just focusing on a WAR
    killing our Families instead of focusing on what the hell is going on inside our own borders is amazing.

    June 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Instead of cutting down everything the Republicans suggest, how about offering some solutions? We can't do this and we can't do that concerning our energy problems. What the hell can we do? If this whole process would have started back in the mid-90's (Clinton veto), we'd be in a much better position to deal with these spikes.

    June 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. therealist

    No..., we can't drill our way out of the oil problem. But we can drill our way out of this self inflected oil crisis by increasing oil supplies.

    Especially if the price is speculator drivin as democrats claim!!

    June 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Kris from AZ

    It is alot more then just new drilling. besides that is not a quick fix to the prices at hand. Oil companies need to be regulated...Richardson is right.

    June 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. annie

    This man is such a retard. We cannot drill our way out HOWEVER, it certainly will help curb speculation now and will help with quanity in the future of our children and grandchildren. If all these democrates have the answer, why haven't they done something. The seated congress now is probably the worst in history. Yet when the demos are trying to get their SELECTED candidate elected, they have the answers to all of our problems. Well, that just makes them look dumber than a box of rocks. If they have had all the answers all these years why didn't they put them in effect.

    June 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. s.positive

    He used to be an Energy sec, no critic blogger has been so he knows more than you noise makers...

    June 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Bill Richardson one of the phoniest, most obnoxious politicians out there. Who cares what he thinks. He says if we start drilling now we won't have the oil for ten years. That's what they were saying ten years ago. The problems not going away. How about we have some solutions, both long term and short term. Obama showed us who's side he is on when he voted to give big oil huge tax breaks. Now that he's the nominee he talks a different line, but just check his voting record. He's a friend to big oil!

    June 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Kevin

    People do need to realize that we can't keep drilling, we have an addiction to oil, and in life most addictions are the downfall of people. Drilling is not the answer because oil will not always be around, at some point you have to look toward the future and lessen the need for oil gradually.

    June 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Georgia

    Don't tell us what you will do, tell us what Bush and Cheney will ALLOW you to do...Go away and get some backbone Richardson!!

    June 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Lynn

    When Gov. Richardson was on TV today I put him on mute. That's what I think of him and his ideas. He was US Secretary of Energy from 1998 to 2001. Where was his ideas then. Apparently he was not an expert then. Why now.

    June 22, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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