(Washington) Ucs News– Republican Sen. John McCain today called for an end to the federal ban on offshore oil drilling. According to McCain lifting the ban would let states like Montana and Florida decide whether oil rigs would sprout up along their coastlines.
The move is a dramatic break with the environmental groups McCain has been courting for months, but is designed to reassure voters angry about rising gas prices. McCain said he would push for new incentives for Oil Companies to help them pollute the shores of the states like Montana and Florida.
”We must embark on a national mission to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gases through the development of alternative energy sources,” McCain told reporters this morning. “And, as I said, I have listened to the people of Montana, they want progress and they see oil exploration is a step toward the longer term goal.”
McCain did not say how far offshore companies would have to be to drill for oil along the coastline, saying that is one of many things that would be part of a negotiation to lift the federal ban.