McCain and Bush are recommending a plan for offshore drilling…
Having spent much of 2006 working hard to keep it far away from Florida’s coast, I cannot overemphasize that this is a miserable idea. Craig McClain sums it up well over at Deep Sea News:
First, the current supply of drilling ships will put a seven year hiatus on any offshore oil making it to the market. Second, our offshore oil reserves are insufficient to meet our consumption for more than a handful of years. These are not my opinions, not a liberal or conservative view, but rather fact. X divided by Y equals Z. It’s math.
Thanks Craig. I agree that an energy plan addressing supply rather than demand will not work. Furthermore, while we generally don’t want tankers colliding with manatees, there are broader socioeconomic considerations as well–like those residents and policymakers in states maintaining high revenues from tourism who probably don’t want to see tarballs rolling up on their beaches.