06/09/2008 07:25 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Curious Senator John McCain

It's getting harder and harder to understand where John McCain stands on energy. Here's his story, just this year:

First he was against all subsidies. Then his policy staff told us that solar and wind did, after all, need tax credits even through McCain had voted against these. Then he was against subsidies again, except that there weren't enough of them for nuclear in the Warner-Lieberman climate change bill, so he couldn't support it. But he was definitely for renewables, efficiency, and for serious action on global warming. 

Then, today in Richmond, a donor offered him an entirely new version of his position, which McCain promptly embraced. McCain was gung-ho about nuclear power and expanded domestic drilling for oil and natural gas. When a donor in Richmond summed up his advice as "nuclear, and drill wherever we've got it," McCain responded: "You just gave my speech. Thank you, my friend."

This new position contradicts all previous versions of McCain's stated energy goals, makes doing anything meaningful about global warming impossible, and puts McCain solidly in the "all-oil, 24/7" Bush wing of American politics.