[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]

John McCain is so 20th century

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
June 18, 2008


Can someone please explain to me how John McCain, a man born of the 20th century, could advocate nuclear power, burning coal, and drilling for oil off the California coast in the 21st century, and still pretend to be the candidate of change. It's almost surreal. What century is John McCain living in anyway? Does he know?

Drilling for oil is so 19th century. It's time to move on.

So old school, John McCain is trying to pass himself off as new school, hoping no one notices his ancient rhetoric, dated and delusional. It seems desperate.

Perhaps this helps explain how the cost of gasoline finally reflects the price associated with extraction, refining, and burning of fossil fuels, and the ecological costs of doing so has never be so obvious, and the need for change has never been so great, or so vital, to the economical sustainability of California. John McCain the Bush-based maverick from Arizona is running for office using the same play book as Howard Taft, the former Secretary of War who became the 27th president of The United States of America in 1908.

If this election is all about change it is clear John McCain represents a business as usual mindset dating back 151 years.

Oil was first drilled in California in 1877, 40 years before the Anglo-Persian Oil Co. struck oil in 1908 Iran. In 1880 The Pacific Coast Oil Co. built its 1st refinery at Alameda Port and Oilmen in southern California formed the company that grew to become Unocal. Pacific Coastal oil would eventually become Chevron and the Anglo- Persian Oil Co. British Petroleum. George W. Bush is looking to Iran in 2008, so is McCain. Coincidence? I think not.

Drilling for oil is so 20th Century.

One needs only remember the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound to grasp the potential catastrophe associated of oil exploration and transportation in fragile coastal environments. Southern California's economy,already hurting as a result of the borrow and bomb policies of the Bush administration, predatory lending practices, and a weakened dollar on the global market, would not be well served by a decade of oil exploration and drilling. Tourism and ecological sustainability are key to California's prosperity.

All the anti-environmental pandering associated with 2008 presidential campaign makes clear leadership will not come from the Bush/McCain continuum, or any elected official beholding to the oil and extraction industries. Once opposed to drilling in coastal water, McCain is now drinking from the same Kool-aid cup that lubricated the election of George W. Bush a life long oilman. What's up with that? Where is the change?

Drilling for oil will do nothing to bring down the cost of gasoline, the days of peak oil production are long over and no amount of wishful thinking will change the fact that diminishing resources and growing demand will continue to send prices skyward as India and China belly up to the pump in true American fashion. Oil pollutes.

Drilling is not the answer. Solar, wind, and wave are energies of California's future.

John MC Cain is so 20th century.

It's time to move on.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]