Thomas Friedman has an op-ed article in The New York Times today laying out the evidence that John McCain has fully leapt onto the Big Oil Bandwagon. As if “Drill Here, Drill Now” wasn’t enough evidence that John McCain is a budding oil man with no intention of pursuing any of the readily-available clean sources of energy, Friedman makes the following points:
- McCain “deliberately avoided voting on all eight attempts to pass a bill extending the vital tax credits and production subsidies to expand our wind and solar industries…”
- McCain’s “support for lowering the gasoline tax in a reckless giveaway that would only promote more gasoline consumption and intensify our addiction to oil…”
- McCain’s “desire to make more oil-drilling, not innovation around renewable energy, the centerpiece of his energy policy…”
- And finally, selecting “Sarah Palin â€” the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change â€” for vice president…”
I would also add that McCain and Palin are now the only people fighting for an open-ended military occupation of Iraq and its oil fields. (Side rant: Palin made the argument yesterday that “victory in Iraq is at hand.” How the $*#&$@ would she know?!)
Oil is killing our environment and crippling our economy. But then again, Maverick and Moose believe that “our economy is fundamentally strong” and that “the jury is still out on global warming.” So why not lie down for the most profitable and politically influential corporations in the history of human civilization? Corruption is soooo comfortable.