On Tuesday, Senator John McCain reversed a long-held position and endorsed lifting a 27-year moratorium on off-shore oil drilling, much to the consternation of environmental groups he seemed to be courting. On Wednesday President Bush joined him, asking Congress to end the federal ban and arguing that this and other steps would lower gas prices and strengthen national security. Democrats, including Senator Barack Obama, have denounced the plan, collectively calling it a flip-flopping political ploy that offers no real solution, will not lower energy prices, and represents another handout to Big Oil.
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The New York Times: