This ad ,created by Ohiocongressional hopeful John Boccieri, dings his opponent for supporting domesticoil drilling. But it could just as easily be an Obama spot. Obama hascriticized McCain for suggesting that off-shore drilling would ease oil priceswhen, in fact, relief at the pump would be many years away.
The 2030 estimate comes from an Energy Department study on offshore drilling . Here’s the full quote: Theirprojections “indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic,and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crudeoil and natural gas production or prices before 2030. Leasing would begin nosooner than 2012, and production would not be expected to start before 2017.”The assessment doesn’t include the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge . McCain recently said he opposes drilling in ANWR, but would be open to hearing arguments in favor.
And while we’re at it, here’s another projection: In the year 2030, Obama will still be younger than McCain is now.