McCain Camp Caught In Lie About Offshore Drilling
John McCain and many of his surrogates have quoted saying that off shore drilling is safe and that not even hurricanes Katrina or Rita could cause significant damage.
McCain policy adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer was forced to reverse the campaigns previous statement that neither hurricane caused a single drip of spillage.
It seems however the McCain camp is intent on misstating the facts on the impact of the oil spill. Think Progress.org points out that:
“Pfotenhauer, a right-wing energy lobbyist, is misinformed still. According to a report from the County of Santa Barbara, CA, “the effects of seeps and spills differ hugely.” As one planner put it, “if seeps and spills are the same, why aren’t all the beaches covered with mounds of fresh tar and dead birds?”:
The key difference has to do with release rates and spatial concentration of the oil. Seeps release large amounts of oil over large areas of the ocean gradually throughout the year. Spills release large amounts of oil from a point source in a short time.”