Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has endorsed McCain for president, said this weekend that he would consider a position as Obama’s energy czar. While Obama has praised the governor for his climate change policies, it’s still a strange bit of news. Meanwhile the president made another push for his offshore agenda Friday, urging Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling to alleviate high gas costs. Also Obama released new campaign ad attacking this idea last week, saying that such drilling schemes “won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years.”
Schwarzenegger Would Work Either Side of Aisle on Energy: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would consider a position in Obama’s administration working on energy and environment. “I don’t see this as a political thing. I see this as we always have to help, no matter what the administration is,” Schwarzenegger said on “This Week.” He also blasted any last-minute attempts the Bush Administration might make on climate change. “If they would have done something this year, I would have thought it was bogus anyway,” he said.
President Bush Still Pushing for Offshore Drilling: President Bush once again called on Congress to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling, this time urging action before the August recess. Critics, however, say that bringing new domestic oil production online would not alleviate the short-term price crunch at the pump as it would take 5-10 years to get the fuel to market. The issue continues to divide Obama and McCain.
Obama Campaign Fights Back: In response to the energy-themed attack ad the Republican National Committee launched last week, the Obama Campaign has launched a counterattack ad across the Midwestern “battleground” states. As oil prices climb ahead of the candidates’ first debate, expect energy to grow as a campaign issue.