WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, responded to Senator John McCain’s campaign event on an offshore drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana. This was McCain’s second attempt to campaign on an offshore platform. The first was cancelled due to bad weather and an oil spill on the Mississippi River.
“On numerous occasions, Senator McCain has suggested that offshore oil platforms like the one he visited today are perfectly safe, and that even hurricanes like Katrina and Rita were unable to damage them,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “Perhaps he’s simply forgetting the 124 spills that dumped 741,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico during those hurricanes. 115 offshore oil facilities were damaged during those hurricanes. As Fay makes landfall on the coast of Florida just 10 days before the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Senator McCain should stop carrying water for his friends in the oil industry and start looking for a life-jacket.”
Throughout his career, Senator McCain has accepted nearly $2 million from oil and gas interests. More than $750,000 came after Senator McCain abandoned his opposition to offshore drilling last month. Senator McCain has admitted that expanded offshore drilling will have no impact on gas prices, saying that benefits are “psychological.”