Matt Simmons must be rated as highly energy literate. Founder/Head of Simmons & Company, he supported George W Bush for President. He is a Texas oilman and author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. Here is what Matt has to say about John McCain and energy:
“John McCain is energy illiterate,” Simmons is saying. “He’s just witless about this stuff. As a lifelong Republican, I’m supporting Obama.” A dozen oil and gas men sitting around a conference table in Lafayette, La., chuckle nervously as he continues. “McCain says, ‘Oh, we’re going to wean ourselves off foreign oil in four years and build 45 nuclear plants by 2030.’ He doesn’t have a clue.”
Let us review, according to Matt Simmons, “John McCain is
… McCain’s midsummer move to begin campaigning on a platform of more offshore drilling has only hardened Simmons’s position. “What a hypocrite… Here’s a man who for at least the past 15 years has strenuously, I mean strenuously, opposed offshore drilling. And now it’s ‘drill, drill, drill.’ And he doesn’t have any idea that we don’t have any drilling rigs. Or that we don’t have any idea of exactly where to drill.” (As for McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, Simmons says: “She’s a very colorful person, but I don’t think there’s a scrap of evidence that she knows anything about energy.”)
Now, how comes Americans at large don’t understand McCain’s “energy illiteracy”?