McCain Stretching the Truth in Support of Offshore Drilling Pander

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John McCain went before a group of oil execs and reiterated his support for the (potentially successful) offshore drilling pander. To bolster his case about the safety of offshore rigs, he argued that “not even Hurricane Katrina and Rita could cause significant spillage from battered rigs off the coasts of New Orleans and Houston.”

That’s an old conservative myth and it makes for easy blogging. The claim is demonstrably false.

Update: It’s pretty offensive that McCain is using Katrina as a political prop, considering his miserable record on hurricane recovery.

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