From The Corner:
I would be more than happy to examine it again,” McCain said.
For years, McCain has opposed drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
But McCain said he’d be willing to reconsider that stance as well.
Hat tip: The Sean Hannity Show
Go to ANWR, Senator, see how small the development site would be, how limited the harm to this “pristine” bog/tundra. August is an inviting month there, notwithstanding the midges, mites and mosquitoes.
UPDATE (9:15 a.m.): Charles Krauthammer, “McCain’s Oil Epiphany.” Halfway there, Senator:
His fastidiousness on [ANWR] is inexplicable. “I believe that ANWR is a pristine area,” he explains. Is it more pristine than the ocean, where he now wants to drill? More pristine than the Arabian Desert from which we daily beg the Saudi princes to pump more oil?
The entire Arctic refuge is one-third the size of the United Kingdom (which includes Scotland and Wales). The drilling site would be one-seventh the size of Manhattan Island. The footprint is tiny. Moreover, forbidding drilling there does not prevent despoliation. It merely exports it. The crude oil we’re not getting from the Arctic we import instead from places like the Niger Delta, where millions live and where the resulting pollution and oil spillages poison the lives of many of the world’s most wretchedly poor.
Meanwhile, Rep. Maurice Hinchley (D-NY) has another approach: ““We [the government] should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.”
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