"When I'm president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off Florida's coasts," Obama told reporters in Jacksonville in late June. "That's how we can protect our coastline and still make the investments that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and bring down gas prices for good."This past Thursday, Obama held steadfast to his opposition to offshore drilling, as CNN reports:
Even as recently as Thursday, Obama refused to cede any ground, calling McCain's proposal "a strategy designed to get politicians through an election."
"It's not going to provide short-term relief or medium-term relief or in fact long-term relief. It won't drop prices in this administration or in the next administration or in the administration after that," Obama said while campaigning in Iowa.
One day later, Obama had a change of heart when he said this:
But Friday, Obama admitted that something is better than nothing and praised a bipartisan energy plan from the Senate that combines alternative energy innovation, financial, nuclear energy and drilling proposals.He said he is still skeptical about drilling's potential to lower gas prices or reduce dependence on foreign oil:
"The Republicans and the oil companies have been really beating the drums on drilling," Obama said in the interview with the Florida paper, "and so we don't want gridlock. We want to get something done."
Okay, the Republicans and oil companies made me do it. Kind of reminds me of comedian Flip Wilson's catch phrase back in the 1970's, "The Devil Made Me Do It."