At a press conference yesterday along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, Senator Obama talked about the truth behind the politics of offshore drilling, and explained how John McCain's plan to lift the ban on offshore oil production would do little, if anything, to ease gas prices:
The politics may have changed, but the facts haven't... Offshore drilling would not lower gas prices today, it would not lower gas prices next year and it would not lower gas prices five years from now.
UPDATED: Barack's statements were echoed today in Michael Tackett's column for the Tribune's political blog The Swamp, in which Tackett explained that:
The offshore drilling would take years to accomplish, would cost who knows how many millions of dollars and would almost surely do environmental harm. And, by the way, it would do absolutely nothing to reduce the price of gasoline in any new president's first term.
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