Promising to reverse a presidential order by Bush '41 that banned offshore drilling, John McCain says he would allow individual states to decide whether they wanted to drill off their shores or not.
In a new national poll, 67% support drilling while 18% do not. As gas prices soar, those numbers are certainly expected to go up and down respectively.
It's about time an American politician recognized the concept of states' rights. The eco-nuts in California might elect not to drill, but the voters in Oregon, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Texas might decide to explore their waters. The Florida voters, always conscious of tourists, might stupidly decide not to drill for fearing the sight of oil rig lights on the horizon at night.
When we vacation at Gulf Shores, Alabama every summer, I like to see the lights of oil rigs out in the ocean. It's a sobering reminder that, while I relax on the beach, our American petroleum companies are working around the clock to provide me with relatively cheap energy. It is idiotic that we refuse to take advantage of our own plentiful resources while all other countries are taking advantage of theirs, and our economy spirals down the toilet, as does our way of life.