July 28th, 2008
03:03 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Offshore drilling could provide relief in 'months'

(CNN) - John McCain again pushed for offshore drilling Monday, and suggested it could provide relief to American consumers "within a matter of months."

"There are some instances within a matter of months, they could be getting additional oil. In some cases, it would be a matter of a year," McCain said at a press conference in Bakersfield, California. "In some cases, it could take longer than that depending on the location and whether or not you use existing rigs or you have to install new rigs. But there is abundant resources in the view of the people who are in the business that could be exploited in a matter of months."

Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan called the proposal a "gimmick.

"By handing out $4 billion in tax breaks to the biggest oil companies and proposing gimmicks like offshore drilling that won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years, Senator McCain’s energy plan fails to provide short-term relief to consumers or long-term independence from foreign oil," he said.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. gary

    MCCAIN YOUR RIGHT. AMERICA NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN.

    July 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Mike

    This AD is not a Gimmick, it is an outright Lie. Are there no Laws that cover this kind of false advertisement?

    July 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Steven(Ontario, California)

    Someone might want to let McCain know he supports adding new rigs in areas where drilling hasn't happened, which would in turn take 10 years to produce gas. Listen to your swift-boat Buddy's financer T. Boone Pickens: WE CAN'T DRILL OUR WAY OUT OF THIS CRISIS.

    July 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    So, uhhhm, Johnny boy, everybody else in the usa didn't know this? Or are you just ridiculously stupid?

    I could swear the oil companies have had over 70 million acres of land available at their disposal for 8 years now......why, oh why if it would help in just months, under your parties rule have they done NOTHING for 8 years?

    Oh yea, that's right: It's an election year and you use the false promise and false scare gimicks, because you are too senile and inept to use your brain.

    Obama '08

    July 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. David Newport, OR

    Wow...THIS I have to see Johnny boy. So the "experts" say 5-7 yrs MINIMUM yet you say "months". Who do I believe? Experts? Or someone willing to say anything in hope to get the those individuals who can be easily swayed by false rhetoric to vote for him? People...do your research...you will see McCain is flat out lying to you and he thinks you are too stupid to realize it. Are you?

    July 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THAT STATEMENT IS ONLY MEANT FORE

    THOSE THAT CAN'T READ OR ADD. THAT

    IS ABSOLUTELY A BLATANT LIE.

    July 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Here you go again mccain. did you have a hearing test when you went to the doctors? they should have done a cat-scan. Governor Arnold said there would be no drilling off of California's shore.
    You are pitiful 'Songbird' just pitiful.

    July 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THAT STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY A LIE.

    THE ONLY RELIEF IS TO THE OIL COMPANIES

    THAT BUSH GAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

    TAX BREAKS, WHICH GET REENACTED IMMEDIATELY

    UPON THE FIRST DRILL GOING INTO THE GROUND.

    July 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. CONFUSED OLD MAN!!

    CNN) — John McCain again pushed for offshore drilling Monday, and suggested it could provide relief to American consumers "within a matter of months."Maybe a within a month or a year or years........The
    Truth is.......JUST A "Gimmick.

    July 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Greg

    Wow, this goes beyond anything I've seen out of the McCain campaign so far. While I'm used to misrepresentations and unsubstantiated claims, this is an ALL OUT LIE.

    There is NO WAY that anyone could put oil from new sources out on the market within months. It would take AT LEAST 7 YEARS. This is an all out lie and members of the media and other elected officials shuold be calling him out on it.

    July 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. jason

    thats kinda funny to tell people that there could be more oil in months to help out, the reality is that we won't see any oil years. It's a lie, John McCain has no honor at all. Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Ed

    Pretty soon he'll say he can turn water to wine. McCain is so desparate he'll say anything to get one more vote. I can't wait until the double talk express is over, and Obama is President!!!

    July 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Joan, Ontario

    This is a very interesting proposal. Financial and economic advisors have been saying over and over that this can not happen so quickly and it would take years for oil from new drilling sights to start actually trickling out. Even then it would have very little effect, if any, and by then the world had better be much more energy efficient. Instead of talking so much about drilling new areas off shore why don't the big oil companies use up all of the areas on land and in the already approved off shore sites? It is probably because the big oil companies want this to remain an issue which could help the Republicans because they mutually help each other. Also, the big oil companies need to build more refineries to speed up the processing of the oil that is available now. That makes more sense. The government could also free up some of the oil reserves,impose fines on speculators and increase taxes on the big oil companies. Voters must look beyond the hype, read past the misleading headlines and not be so gullible this election year.

    July 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Bob

    Hari S is the 2nd biggest liar in this country. We will always need oil, forever. So why wait 10 years to drill for what we need today. Oh! I get it, the socialist left wing democratic party wants to keep sending my money to terrorists and use it for social engineering. SHAME ON YOU NANCY PELOSI. You have worse ratings then President Bush. DRILL NOW

    July 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Lesley

    I'll take Boone Pickens' version of the crisis (we can't drill our way out of this) any day over McCain's desperate attempt to look informed. He refers to people in the business? Pickens has put millions of dollars of his own money into wind power and advocates natural gas and solar power as well. If he thought we could get relief in "months," he'd be digging for oil himself instead of investing in alternative energy, using his own money no less. McCain is sounding more anxious every day in his efforts to stay ahead of the game.

    July 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. a southern bell for OBAMA

    ANOTHER ONE OF HIS RELIEF PLANS FOR THE

    OIL COMPANIES THAT RECENTLY GAVE HIM 1.1 MILLION.

    MCSENILE JUST BEING HIS OLD SLEAZY LYING SELF.

    July 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. California Gold

    The oil companies already have 21 million acres off oil leases plus existing off shore sites. Let the oil companies utilize that which they already have and not expand their leases. This is a thinly veiled manipulation by McCain to further the oil company interests. It's 2008 and the American taxpayer is no longer settling for a few measly crumbs brushed from the table while the Big Boys fill their pockets and laugh all the way to the bank.

    July 28, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Joe the Troll

    Yeah, about 180 months. What does McCain do for four years if he manages to lie his way into office?

    Oh, right.... the same thing Bush has been doing.

    July 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. McCain for President

    Of The National Gimmick Club

    If there isn't such a thing then only he has the capacity to be it's founding President

    July 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Debby, NJ

    And what is this going to do for me NOW McShame??
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. gotcha

    If Senator McCain, my darling, solution for the oil crisis is a gimmick in the eyes of the Obama campaign, what is Obamas plan? He has none .

    July 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Willow, from Iowa

    I have heard from various sources that we would not be taking any additional oil out of offshore drilling until well past 2026. And any oil that comes out of the Gulf will be placed into the international oil market, to be sold to the highest bidder. So China would probably outbid us for it , or we'd get it at a higher price than now.

    It IS a gimmick. Because there is not a chance that oil will enter the US refineries for over 15-20 years.

    July 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. scott

    If by a 'matter of months' he meant 84 months then yes, we could see some relief in a matter of months... Funny, had Obama said this McCain would have been all over him for it.

    July 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. M.S. Indiana

    My Friend, you are right about one thing, we are going to have relief in a few months, the general election is going to be over and we wont have to hear about you any more

    July 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. former republican white man from california for Obama

    I wish the real republicans out there would stand up and tell this right wing radical movement to clear out! Our party has been taken over by fear, hate, and greed! I am no democrat but at least I do believe Sen Obama has the education and background to make sure our country survives the next for years then maybe we will have gotten rid of all these right wing extremist in our party and have a chance to put forth a candidate worthy of the title President! It sure as heck is not the chameleon Mc Cain

    July 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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