McCain and Obama debate offshore drilling but Alaskan whalers whose families have hunted in Arctic waters for centuries witness the environmental impact firsthand, from inevitable spills to routine sonic bombs.
In 2006, we opened for drilling the Outer Continental shelf estimated to contain more than 40 billion barrels of oil. Oil prices were$60 a barrel then. In the two years since, prices have more than have doubled.
What McCain is not telling people is that oil is an international commodity. The U.S. owns only 3% of world's total known oil reserves and, therefore, it is not a player, in a positive way, in setting the price.
The Obama campaign has to be more selective in choosing its spokespeople, using more strong, smart advocates like Sen. Biden and Sen. Webb, and keeping Pelosi and Kerry as far away from the media as possible.
While McCain says he's all for alternative energy, it's kind of like No Child Left Behind -- he doesn't want to help pay for it, especially if it's going to come out of the pockets of the oil companies.