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Warner wants pause, not end to offshore drilling

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Senator Mark Warner has always taken a very middle of the road approach to drilling offshore, and in the wake of the Deep Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, that hasn’t really changed. In an interview today, Warner told me that there is no doubt that the country needs to slow down before marching forward with the expansion of offshore drilling. However, he’s not ready to abandoned the idea all together.

“I think it’s time to take a time out. I want to find out what happened. This will be revisited,” Warner said.  “But to say that never ever again in terms of drilling that would be imprudent.”

Warner has a history of being open to offshore drilling, without outright endorsing the concept. This time around, against the backdrop of the disaster,  Warner has sided with the Obama administration’s plan to pause, but he has also found a way to agree with Governor Bob McDonnell that cutting off exploration all together is a bad idea.

Here are his comments on the subject:

I also asked the Senator to weigh in on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli‘s latest controversies. In particular I asked Warner if he agreed with Cuccinelli that the media was making too much of the lapel pin flap. Cuccinelli has said that the media is zeroing in on a small gesture, not paid for with taxpayer funds, meant only for his staff.

Cuccinelli has been so concerned with the media’s focus on the pins that he only granted an interview with our affiliate  WSLS in Roanoke if they agreed not to ask him about the topic.

Warner agreed that the issue, by itself was rather innocuous, but when taken as part of a broader Cuccinelli narrative, it becomes a much bigger deal.

Here are his comments:

Update:

The University of Virginia agreed today to comply with the Cuccinelli subpoena.

Written by Ryan Nobles

May 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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