May 13th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain: Clean energy a 'national security issue'

Sen. John McCain speaks at an environmental discussion Tuesday in North Bend, Washington.
Sen. John McCain speaks at an environmental discussion Tuesday in North Bend, Washington.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain took his weeklong environmental tour to Washington state Tuesday, addressing the need for reducing the nation's dependency on foreign oil and sparking investment in environmentally friendly technology.

McCain spoke at an environmental roundtable at Cedar River Watershed Education Center in North Bend, Washington.

Washington is among several potential battleground states in the West - including California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon - where voters count the environment as a top issue.

McCain said Tuesday that coming up with new forms of clean energy is "a national security issue when we're dependent on more than $400 billion a year in imported oil from countries that don't like us very much ... some of that money is helping terrorist organizations."

The Arizona senator also said the heightened awareness of global environmental concerns could help push new forms of energy to the forefront of the nation's political agenda.

"Environment, national security and economy are all coming together, perhaps ... to spark ... an incredible impetus for us to sit down together, Republican and Democrat, environmentalists, business and bankers and retailers ... all together and address this problem."

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  1. Emily

    Go home old man we don't need any more republicans destroying our earth and our economy we had enough of the lies and cheating and decieving the American people.

    Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Who do we bomb to get clean energy, a McCain?

    May 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. M.S. Indiana

    Clean politics a national security issue to too....

    May 13, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Bob Stephens

    These Republicans are such phonies. All of a sudden, when an election looms, they start trying to prove what good '"Democrats" they are by adopting policies that are 180 degrees opposite to what they have been stating for years.

    May 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    McCain, America wants honesty and transparency. Tell Cindy McCain to release her tax returns from 2000 to 2007!

    Also John McCain needs to release his medical records! John McCain's mom may be a vibrant 96-year old but his father died at 70!

    May 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Nicole in NE

    The Iraq war was about oil....period. Wow – it really helped with those gas prices too George W.

    Oh yes, McCain has the support from oil lobbyists, just like Bush.
    I'm sure he has your interests at heart – only until after he is elected that is!

    This is the same man who said Bushes taxs cuts for the most wealthy disturbed him and now he is for them? Well, he needed the conservative Republicans in his corner you know!
    Scray stuff people! Let the rich get richer, while the rest of us feel the squeeze!

    VOTE DEMOCRAT or you will seriously regret what happens to this country!
    A LOT of mistakes can be made in just 4 YEARS. We should know that by now!

    May 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Stacy Clarks

    go to the group home grandpa

    May 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Marshall

    Like him or not...it is an important issue. Oil will not last forever. I am alreay spending 20% of my income just to get to work. At what point do I quit my job? When I am paying more to get there than I am making?

    May 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. The O

    This guy is scaring the boogers out of me. And those DEMS that will not vote for Obama when he wins the nomination. Can not complain about the war or the economy, or how bad our country has been going down the drain.. But it is your Vote

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Venus

    Here we go!

    Mc Cain has a very heavy banner to carry after Bush!

    The reason why a lot of people don't like us Mc Cain regarding the countries where we get our oil from is because Bush and you and the other thugs want to invade their country and control the price of their oil!

    One of the reasons we are paying so much for oil now is because Bush told some of those countries that didn't support the USA invading Iraq that – that's how they would get paid by jacking their oil up!

    Go Obama! Can't wait to get this fight on!

    May 13, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Extinct Snipe

    The only new, clean energy source I see that is definitely a national issue and ready to turn this country around is Obama.

    Obama for President!

    May 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. After further review,Texas

    Are you saying OPEC doesnt like us John?

    May 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Ken

    Duh!!!! You think? What an idiot.....the [R] party has had their head up their arses on this one for over 2 decades now. And McBush is going to turn them around now? Sorry, even if McBush really does care - too little, too late. And if he really doesn't, then its just another [R] ploy to fool more fools.

    Vote in a [D] president and [D] congress, and let's turn the page on the last 7 years of [R] failure.

    May 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. JJ

    Thats all this guy can talk about is national Security and he doesent even get that right. Helth care.... National Security issue, Crumbling schools..... National Security issue, Failing Economy..... National Security issue....etc, etc.

    May 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Mike Birmingham, AL

    Dems:

    Pay no attention to the group that is posing as Hillary supporters trying to rally support for McCain or Hillary as an independent candidate. They are just Operation Chaosers trying to stir things up.

    Vote Democrat in '08!

    May 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Tea Party

    This is why Conservatives don't like McCain. Why bother to vote for the Republican nominee, when in effect, you'll get the same hair-brained policies as one would from a Liberal?

    May 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Lance

    Actually John McCain is notoriously active for his belief in protecting the environment. This is one of the many issues he has butted heads with his own party on. Why do you think republicans hate McCain so much? It's because he has his own beliefs and does not feel required to vote certain ways just because he is a republican. He owes the people who voted for him more than he owes the republican party and he has a history of following that belief.

    PS: Thanks for the highly intelligent comments so far in this blog. Maybe its not the govt's fault america is spiraling downwards. Maybe, just maybe, it's the american peoples fault. I have hated the Bush policies and most of them were bad, but after reading a lot of these blogs I'm convinced that he was the president that the american people deserved.

    May 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Addendum

    This energy source news of McCain is nothing but rhetoric. Please not eight more years of the same garbage. No to McBush tactics. Besides, the Bush's are investing in water now. They've got energy all wrapped up like they want it. Remember the Paraguay aquifer story.

    May 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Extinct Snipe

    The only new, clean energy source that is a national issue and that can turn this country around is Obama. Obama for President!

    May 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Addendum

    This energy source news of McCain is nothing but rhetoric. Please not eight more years of the same garbage. No to McBush tactics. Besides, the Bush's are investing in water now. They've got energy all wrapped up like they want it. Remember the Paraguay aquifer story.

    May 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

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