300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

June 20, 2008

Reason #82

Filed under: Aboriginal Rights,Liar,The Environment — 300reasons @ 1:46 am

Pardon me, Mr. McCain. It seems your pants are on fire.

Say it with me now: “Straight talk my ass!”

Two days ago John McCain flip-flopped on his previous position against offshore drilling. Today, he is flipping on his previous opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

What’s the trouble with his new stance? Well, first of all, drilling pretty much always carries a risk of contaminating the surrounding environment. In the case of offshore drilling, there is a risk of an oil spill polluting the water. In ANWR, a spill would not only damage wildlife, but destroy the hunting grounds of Native American Indians, who rely on the area for basic sustenance.

Beyond the inherent risks to drilling, McCain’s stance ignores the overwhelming environmental and economic disaster we are about to face if we don’t get our act together and find alternative energy sources. This is very simple: we are going to run out of oil. If we don’t have another form of fuel available by the time the shortages get really bad, there will be (more) wars. This is what happens when there is not enough of a vital natural resource to go around. Basic knowledge of history tells us that. And then there is the problem of global warming, which really does have the capacity to end human life as we know it if we’re not careful. By focusing on extracting every last thimblefull of oil, McCain’s approach completely neglects the real problem, which is our need for alternative energy sources that don’t put carbon into the atmosphere.

Putting aside the basic ethical questions that arise when McCain flips on virtually every issue, his new stance is much worse than his previous stance, and makes his potential presidency a danger to the environment and aboriginal rights.

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