Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Alexander gets behind Schwarzenegger on offshore drilling

Stewart Alexander, SPUSA vice-presidential nominee and Peace and Freedom Party VP hopeful, has come out strongly in support of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cool attitude towards John McCain’s offshore drilling plan. In an article released today, Alexander writes: Speaking at a political meeting in Miami, Florida, the Reuters News Service, US reported Governor Schwarzenegger as saying, “Anyone who tells you that this will bring down our gas prices immediately or anytime soon is blowing smoke.” Alexander agrees; he says drilling for oil offshore would take years and “would conceivably drive prices further into the stratosphere while waiting for the future benefits.” However, Alexander note, the greater concern with offshore oil drilling is the potential environmental dangers and the need to reduce the nation’s dependency on oil. Alexander goes on to provide his own proposal targetting high gas prices, which includes nationalization of the oil, automobile and airline industries, a renewed focus on renewable energy, and “the production of cars that will deliver 50 MPG; such as the Chevrolet Geo Metro that delivered over 50 MPG in the early 90s” within the next two years. Though directly addressing a matter associated with John McCain in recent days, it is clear that Alexander sees both duopoly candidates in the same light: At the end of the day, the two corporate candidates will do whatever it takes to protect the interests of the oil companies and the corporate ruling class; if it requires drilling for oil in the Alaska reserves, drilling on the coast-lines of California or Florida, or more wars and conflicts in the Middle East.

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