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The campaign trail got heated over energy this week with Obama calling McCain’s plans for offshore drilling and a $300 million battery prize “gimmicks” while the McCain campaign tried to label Obama’s opposition to many energy proposals as a move by “Dr. No.” Since then, Obama […]

The campaign trail got heated over energy this week with Obama calling McCain’s plans for offshore drilling and a $300 million battery prize “gimmicks” while the McCain campaign tried to label Obama’s opposition to many energy proposals as a move by “Dr. No.” Since then, Obama has met with Detroit automakers and new critics have come out against McCain’s offshore oil proposal:

GM to Obama: ‘We Need Money': In a panel discussion on the economy in Pittsburgh, Obama asked GM Chairman Rick Wagoner what he could do as president to best help Detroit “pivot” as quickly as possible and start making greener cars. Wagoner listed three things: research assistance for new technologies, incentives and rebates for consumers, and help converting manufacturing plants. So, really, he said Detroit needs one thing: money, money and money.

Schwarzenegger Criticizes McCain on Offshore Drilling: Speaking yesterday in Miami, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked McCain’s claim that offshore drilling would lower gas prices. “Anyone who tells you this would bring down gas prices any time soon is blowing smoke,” the governor said. Schwarzenegger’s host, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, had modified his stance on the issue earlier in the week, saying he’d support offshore drilling if it was environmentally safe.

Obama Launches Energy Policy Website: To highlight the differences between Obama’s and McCain’s energy policies, the Obama campaign has launched a new web site with a side-by-side comparison of the two candidates’ energy plans. In case you were getting tired of clicking back and forth between our takes on Obama’s and McCain’s energy plans, this could be useful.

  1. Obama nor McCain have a clear strategy for our energy problems. McCain was endorsed at a California Solar Power company during the republican primaries, now all of a sudden he’s saying solar panels are “shoddy” and he does not support and incentives for solar. To really “jumpstart” green energy we need feed-in tariffs similar to what Germany and Spain and a handful of other countries did to start an explosion of investment and expansion of the green energy economy.

  2. Jennifer Lance Friday, June 27, 2008

    Why is Schwarzenegger in FL when his state is on fire?

  3. I agree with McCain, incentives for solar aren’t what we need, that is subsidizing energy, which in effect is redistributing wealth, which stunts growth in the long term. It is not likely to set off a clean tech explosion, that explosion is already going on due to the high gas prices. Let the market do it’s thing, the time for government subsidies was 10 or 20 years ago when there was no market.

  4. Best of Rick Wagoner: Farewell to the Volt/Hummer Chief Monday, March 30, 2009

    [...] On Government Aid: In a panel discussion on the economy held in Pittsburgh during the last presidential campaign, Obama asked Wagoner what he could do as president to best help Detroit “pivot” as quickly as possible and start making greener cars. Wagoner listed three things: research assistance for new technologies, incentives and rebates for consumers, and help converting manufacturing plants. Translation: Show me the money. [...]

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