Let's see. The Bush admin lets energy languish, McCain comes along and proposes changing that with a signal to the speculators that their game is coming to an end soon and you are blustering about partisanship. You are practicing what you complain about.
So you like Obama's plan to tax the oil companies "windfall profit?" That's really going to help a lot. You could just need a refresher on what happened the last time that was tried.
Actually, if you have read what I have written [and I know you did as you commented on it] you know that I DON'T like the Windfall Profits Tax. My comments were to simply take away the tax credits that the energy companies have been getting that were suppose to be going to alternative energy research, but have not. Please pay attention if you plan on commenting on my thoughts.
As for offshore drilling, it is only a stopgap measure at best. We have to move to alternative energy sources if we intend to deal with both future energy needs and our current ones.
As an example, ANWR. Even if we open the taps wide open on ANWR we will only reduce foreign dependence by 4% [66%/70% according to Energy Information Administration, the GOVERNMENTS Analyst arm of DOE].
An other example, Offshore drilling suggests that if all 86Billion barrels of oil that is projected to be available [though not all accessable] should ALL Offshore drilling be allowed [using the latest Congressional attempt of last week- Peterson amendment], that would be about 11 total years of oil at the current burn rate [20M barrels a day]. After that, IT is all gone
So the point is, once you get to the math of the problem, we need to find something that 1)lasts longer than 11 years and 2) does not threaten food and water supplies and 3) looks forward to future generations instead of yet another short term, stop gap political solution.
GOP resurrects offshore oil drilling plan - St. Petersburg Times