Senator Lindsey Graham says he wants President Obama to start talking about gas prices.
He went to Brazil and said ‘Drill, we’ll buy your oil.’ We ought to be drilling here at home. Four dollars a gallon gas is right around the corner. Any economic recovery is going to be blunted by the increase in energy prices. So, let’s come up with a national policy to find oil and gas here so we don’t have to buy it from people like Libya.
Graham was interviewed on Charleston affiliate WTMA. He says South Carolina can make more money from offshore drilling.
South Carolina chose to allow drilling, we should get some of the revenue that comes from finding oil and gas. We are going to push hard for energy independence. Everybody talks about it, now is the time to do it. Four hundred billion dollars went overseas last year to buy oil from Mid-East countries. Wouldn’t it be nice to go over there and say: We’ll help you with your problems, but we don’t need your oil.’
The senator says all the money the U.S. has spent on oil was not needed. He says there’s plenty to go around off the coast of America.
Wind and solar have limited capacity to power America. I want coal! American owned coal, just make it cleaner. We found more gas in the last two years in America than any place in the world. We have 100-year supply of natural gas. Western Pennsylvania has more natural gas than Saudia Arabia has oil, we just have to go down and find it.
Graham says any chance a country takes at getting energy is a risk, but a risk that should be taken.
Graham also appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, where he softened his stance on the Tea Party movement and added his thoughts about the government shutdown in the midst of budget negotiations.