Obama to Back Offshore Oil?

Obviously Barack Obama is about “change,” (changing what I am still not certain)…but what about when we are talking about a change of his own position on backing offshore oil drilling?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.

Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy.

I think backing offshore oil drilling is a great thing in itself. It makes sense, and enhanced oil exploration should be part of a comprehensive energy policy that gives Americans all of the energy that we can possibly provide now while developing future technologies to harness new energies. Whether or not it ultimately affects prices drastically or not is an inherently flawed argument because on principle alone the Congress shouldn’t be banning oil exploration/drilling anyway.

Unfortunately, this could be doubly bad for Barry:

  1. It is clearly a flip-flop. Since he is already tied with John McCain in some tracking polls, a shift in position is another fumble he really doesn’t need.
  2. Nancy Pelosi, being a Californian politician, is absolutely opposed to offshore drilling, along with most other Democrats in Congress. There have already been whispers that Congressional Dems are getting irritated with Obama who, to them, seems to self-absorbed and disinterested in them, their policies, and their pending elections this fall.
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