Green Campaign Watch: Obama & McCain Bicker Over Energy


Both presidential candidates have been pushing their energy plans hard on the campaign trail and now the White House hopefuls are both taking pot shots at the other side’s proposal. Here’s what Obama and McCain have to say about each other’s energy plans.

Obama Calls McCain’s Plan “Same Old Gimmicks”: Speaking yesterday at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Obama continued to ridicule McCain’s proposed gas tax holiday as a short-term non-solution. He added McCain’s recently announced $300 million battery prize to the list of “gimmicks that will only increase our oil addiction for another four years.” He added: “When John F. Kennedy decided that we were going to put a man on the moon, he didn’t put a bounty out for some rocket scientist to win –- he put the full resources of the United States government behind the project.”

Update: Obama also attacked McCain’s nuclear plan which still doesn’t account for the problem of nuclear waste. Obama wants to increase research into nuclear waste storage and recycling and doesn’t want to build any new reactors until we know what we’ll do with the leftovers.

McCain Says Obama’s Plan is “Business as Usual”: At a press conference in Riverside, Calif., yesterday McCain said Obama has “said basically ‘no’ to the majority of proposals” in regards to energy independence. He went further to say that Obama’s plan pushes “the status quo and business as usual” as a viable energy plan. McCain said that Obama is all talk and no action and urged an examination of the record to show how little Obama has done, especially on energy.



First of all, we don’t even know if the ‘other things’ that are supposed to bring us alternative energy will be cost effective, or even work. However, I agree that we must move forward with development of alternative energy ASAP … but, in the meantime, this entire country runs on oil. And, I’m not just talking about us consumers at the pump, I’m talking about how everything we use, eat, wear, etc. … how it all gets to market, and eventually to us. We have to drill more, if even as a transition until alternate fuels are developed, But, aside from the cost at the pump for consumers, the bigger issue still is our national security. Drilling oil on our own land insures us energy independence, which will stop us from total dependence on countries who don’t like us … and from countries we’ve been sending tens of billions of dollars to every year. We must drill ASAP. The politicians who tell you different are simply placing petty party politics above the prosperity and security of America. Obama’s policies are just one example of what can happen when a bunch of inexperienced, but exuberant followers blindly follow an inexperienced, incompetent charismatic leader, who thinks he’s the second coming, off the cliff. Hunger is not enough of a justification to eat the goose that lays the golden eggs … or, eventually everyone will starve. If Obama, with his socialistic redistribution of wealth scams wins, America will turn into a third world country, with massive company closures and unemployment, within a few years.

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