McCain: We Will Drill New Offshore Oil Now

Echoing the sentiments of the crowd at the Republican National Convention chanting, “Drill, baby, drill,” Republican presidential candidate John McCain said, “We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them now,” in his acceptance speech on Thursday night. McCain also used the subject of offshore oil drilling and building new nuclear power plants as a way to paint Obama as a candidate that wouldn’t use all of the possible resources available to solve the energy crisis.

Sen. Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that. We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet.

The tactic was similar to the one used by vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Wednesday night in her own acceptance speech.

But in actuality Obama hasn’t ruled out building more nuclear power plants — New Energy Finance pointed out as much in a report issued earlier this week. Obama has just been less enthusiastic than McCain, who has called for 45 new nuclear plants by 2030. And while Obama had previously been opposed to offshore drilling, last month he modified his stance, saying he would consider offshore drilling as part of a broader energy plan.

So the bigger difference between the two is Obama’s greater emphasis on incentives for renewable energy and clean technology — though that’s not something that McCain chose to point out.