(CNN) - John McCain is set to deliver an energy policy speech Tuesday that looks to meet the demands of those calling for a boost in the nation’s oil supply and those seeking greater environmental protections.
McCain’s new plan includes a boost in both alternative energy use and domestic energy production, according to early excerpts of his remarks provided by his presidential campaign. On Monday, the presumptive Republican nominee said the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling should be lifted, and the decision left to individual states.
"We have proven oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States. But a broad federal moratorium stands in the way of energy exploration and production,” McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will say at a Houston speech late Tuesday afternoon, according to advance excerpts released by his campaign. “And I believe it is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions and to put our own reserves to use."
The Arizona senator’s comments Monday on offshore drilling drew immediate criticism from presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, who said McCain had decided “to completely change his position and tell a group of Houston oil executives exactly what they wanted to hear.”
But McCain continues to stress his environmental credentials, visiting the Everglades last week to highlight his stand on conservation, and releasing a campaign ad Tuesday that said he “stood up to the president” on global warming years ago.
In his Houston speech, he is set to stress the same themes. "In the face of climate change and other serious challenges, energy conservation is no longer just a moral luxury or a personal virtue," he will say. "Conservation serves a critical national goal. Over time, we must shift our entire energy economy toward a sustainable mix of new and cleaner power sources."
Read more on the McCain plan here.