From The San Francisco Chronicle’s website, SFGate, writing about Sen. John McCain’s latest energy policy pronouncements:
Environmental groups said McCain’s proposal is at odds with his own legislative proposals in recent years to set mandatory limits on greenhouse gases, which would ultimately shift America away from fossil fuels.
“Drilling in protected areas offshore won’t solve our energy needs in the short term, and in the long term will increase the threat of global warming,” said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski.
But former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in an interview Monday on a radio show produced by the National Association of Manufacturers, said drilling offshore is a crucial way to reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost national security.
“We have an unknown potential offshore in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico where it’s been illegal to look for oil,” Gingrich said. “The fact is there are a lot of American sources we could be using.”
For the Gingrich interview on America’s Business, please go here.
And note well the comments from Karpinski. He is stating the environmentalist position that opposes any expansion of oil development, not just in “protected areas offshore.” Because fossil fuels contribute to global warming — he says — their use is unacceptable. That’s an extreme position, but the real one held by the green groups.
It’s not WHERE the drilling occurs, it’s the fact THAT any drilling is occurring at all.
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