Sen. McCain Delivers Remarks at a Campaign Event in Bakersfield, Calif.
Monday, July 28, 2008; 4:14 PM
SPEAKER: SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-ARIZ.): [*] (JOINED IN PROGRESS) ... oil production at a high level, including off-shore drilling. Now, in briefings that I've had with the oil producers, there are some instances within a matter of months they could be getting additional oil. In some cases, it would be a matter of a year.
In some cases, it could take longer than that, depending on the location and whether you use existing rigs or you have to install new rigs. But there's abundant resources in the view of the people who are in the business that could be exploited within a period of months.
So off-shore drilling is something we have to do. I'm sorry that Senator Obama opposes it.
Nuclear power is not only vital, I think, to clean energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but nuclear power also is a way to employ hundreds of thousands of Americans. We can build 45 new nuclear power plants by the year 2030. It would employ some 700,000 people.
So Senator Obama opposes off-shore drilling. He opposes reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. He opposes storage of spent nuclear fuel. And so he is the Dr. No of the America's energy future. And he also opposes a gas tax holiday as a gimmick.
So I'm very pleased to be here. Again, we'll be talking about energy and the economy and continue to do so.
And, by the way, I -- as I do every three months, visited my dermatologist this morning. She said that I was doing fine, took a small little nick from my cheek, as she does regularly, and that will be and will be biopsied, just to make sure that everything is fine.
But I want to, again, urge all Americans to wear sunscreen, particularly this summer. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Wear sunscreen. And if you ever have any slight discoloration, please go to your dermatologist or your doctor and get it checked up on.
Melanoma is a preventable occurrence. It really is. It's one of the most preventable occurrences. But, remember, a lot of the damage that people receive from the sun when they're young sometimes comes back later in life. And that's the end of my lecture from the American Dermatology Association today.
Thank you all very much. Thank you.
QUESTION: Senator, your doctor was confident that there was nothing major?
MCCAIN: Absolutely (ph).