June 25th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain labels energy plan 'The Lexington Project'

McCain is calling his energy plan The Lexington Project.
McCain is calling his energy plan The Lexington Project.

LAS VEGAS (CNN) – John McCain pledged Wednesday that “in a world of hostile and unstable suppliers of oil,” the United States will achieve “strategic independence” from foreign oil by the year 2025.

For the first time, McCain labeled his energy plan "The Lexington Project."

Watch: McCain promotes 'The Lexington Project'

“Remember that name,” he told an audience at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. “Named for the town where Americans asserted their independence once before.”

National security, he said, makes it imperative to wean the nation off its foreign energy needs.

“Energy security is a vital question because it concerns America's most fundamental interests, and above all the safety of our citizens from the violence of the world,” he said.

“All the tact of diplomacy cannot conceal a blunt reality. When we buy foreign oil, we are enriching some of our worst enemies. And in the Middle East, Venezuela, and elsewhere, these regimes know how to use the power of that wealth.”

McCain’s speech was an amalgam of the energy policy prescriptions that he has outlined in recent days on the campaign trail. He called for developing green technologies, building 45 new nuclear reactors, expanding clean coal research, and upgrading existing infrastructure.

He proposed incentives for creating new fuel-efficient vehicles and once again offered a prize of $300 million to the creator of a car battery that would far exceed current energy standards.

McCain, who has been admonished by Democrats and environmentalists for his call to lift the federal ban on offshore drilling, struck back at his critics in the speech.

“Opponents of domestic production cling to their position even as the price of foreign oil has doubled and doubled again,” McCain said. “They were against it when a gallon of gas cost two dollars. They are still against it when a gallon of gas cost well above four dollars.”

“As a matter of fairness, we must deal with the here and now, and assure affordable fuel for America by producing more of it ourselves,” he said.

Watch: McCain discuss partisan gridlock on energy policy.


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    How about the McExxon Project!

    June 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    He can call it anything he wants. It's not working.

    June 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Kyle

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Wake me up when there's a new blog on Barack.

    June 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. THANK SIR!!!

    CNN................McCain labeled his energy plan "The Lexington Project."......THANK YOU MR McCain.............THAT'S exactly what I call my SLOP JAR!!!!

    June 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. independent

    lame.this isnt 1950s,john.go to retirement home.

    June 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Chut Pata

    I presume by "hostile and unstable suppliers of oil" you mean the Saudi Royal Family which is the biggest supplier of Oil to the USA. This "hostile and unstable suppliers" aka Saudi Royal Family happens to be a family friend of Bush Royal Family and regular visitor of the Bush ranch. King Abdullah and George Dubya Bush would hold hands and his each other like a gay couple, during their walk on the Bush Ranch.

    Whome are ya foolin' McBush?

    June 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Now there's a leader we can believe in!

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Becky

    “Energy security is a vital question because it concerns America's most fundamental interests, and above all the safety of our citizens from the violence of the world,” he said.

    Yeah, don't forget to throw the fear on at the end...

    June 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Franky

    “Opponents of domestic production cling to their position even as the price of foreign oil has doubled and doubled again,” McCain said. “They were against it when a gallon of gas cost two dollars. They are still against it when a gallon of gas cost well above four dollars.”

    Man, I wish gas was 2 dollars! LOL!!! But to see it double is just crazy! Hey, I could care less about this off-shore drilling. Is not a quick solution and is not something it can be fixed these next 6 months. All I'm saying is if you're gonna do it, then why don't YOU help pay gas for the people right now??? Hey, I might be a conservative but I ain't stupid....

    June 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. whatever

    please, what does this guy know about oil independence?

    June 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. MD FOR OBAMA

    For all the Obama Haters:

    Here is your article about McCain.

    Now lets get back to business as usual. When is the next ticker coming out about Obama? I Wonder what he ate for lunch.

    June 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Tony

    TOTO ALL POLITICIANS!

    Take your phony, empty promises and pledges and stick them where the sun won't ever shine. The world is drowning in enough B.S.!

    June 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Bulldog

    All talk. McCon needs to stop with $300 Million battery. There is already a super battery developed by EEStor but not yet on the market. Do they get the $300 million dollar prize? What is trying to do with taxpayer money? While respect his promises of green technology and getting off our addiction to oil, I just don't believe him. This man is torn between his OLD maverick side and his NEW superconsertative side. He hardly knows which sides to take anymore.

    June 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Willow, from Iowa

    I really wish McCain would quit calling everybody he doesn't agree with "enemies". When you put that kind of name on half the world, it doesn't make us lots of friends. Maybe he could just say "people with different viewpoints". LOL.

    While I agree that we need to really start working on our energy plan, we should have started 30 years ago, like Brazil did. Brazil, who has now declared energy independence. We can do it sooner if we can get everybody together in a bipartisan effort to make it faster. Instead of billions of dollars going to Iraq, what about spending those billions of dollars on an energy policy that will actually work for our country. Al Gore, Director of Energy, HRClinton, attorney general, Obama 08/12

    June 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. CapoCastillo

    McCain's energy policy is counter-intuitive. The way to move away from the dependance of oil from OPEC is to divorce your energy needs from oil, not produce enough oil yourself to keep things at even keel. All that does is just put on a band aid until we realize 'hey, they still have more oil than us, and we'll have to buy it from them eventually or we'll run out'. Great plan for our grandkids, john.

    Interesting he brings up his nuclear energy scheme in las vegas. Washington's been trying to turn Nevada into a Nuclear dump for litterally decades now. i'm sure that'll win them over.

    OBAMA 08 The only sane choice out there.

    June 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. txpoodoo

    Any real energy plan will have to have bi-partisan support. There are some really big sticky points to this plan that the Dems WILL NOT accept. With that being said, come November, not only will the Dems control the House and Senate, they will improve on thier majority.

    Please read that you can make all the plans in the world, but if Congress don't come for the ride, it was all for not.

    Now with a Dem President and Dem Congress, you better believe some green and energy bills are going to be flying off the shelves. It will be open season.

    June 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Dylan

    You can't have it both ways John McChevron. First you say end the 30 year ban of expanding coastal drilling...then turn around and claim that you are for "green" energy.

    Ditto for nuklar (bushism) reactors. We can't even fund nor get agreement for storing existing nucklar waste. Nobody wants to have a waste dump in their state, not to mention having the waste transported via train to Yucca Mountain or wherever it is the waste ends up.

    June 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. saga for Obama

    great i agree we need to ween ourselves off of oil foreign or otherwise... but wait arent Mcants top advisers from ENRON? isnt his campaign funded by big oil people? PAC and the likes? didnt he FLIP FLOP on off shore drilling and BUSH tax cuts? i dont know how we could ever trust him or anything he says.
    he seems to be the BIG GIMMIK candidate..."i'll give you cash and prizes just give me the office and your souls...homelessness wont be so bad, you'll get used to it"...no Mcant.
    i wonder who his first wife will Vote for, why has no one interviewed her? she would have great insight to this"hero"
    i dont buy a single thing he says, gave up on trying to remember what his position is cause it changes everyday.

    June 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh please,
    McCain you will never be president,
    it doesn't matter who you pander to any more
    standing next to Obama
    a young vigorous man
    you looking like a crypt keeper,
    it would be sad if I felt bad for Republicans

    if I did....

    June 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. single parent in CA

    All you naysayers, what is Obama's plan? McCain's put one out there.

    And remember, politicians running for President do this all the time. When was the last time one of them actually got something through the group of idiots called Congress?

    June 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    "....CLING TO THEIR POSITION" Let's talk about clinging to the lie that there were WMD in Iraq, you know the lie that you supported in 2002 and still clinging to the same lie in 2008.

    the difference between opponets of domestic production clinging to their positions is that the have a belief and a commitment to try to do as little harm to the environment as possible.....

    on the other hand, you McBush clings to your position on War and the Economy because you are too inept and cowardly to go against your boy george w. Mccain will do or say anything to cling to bush's base, whether he believes it or not. He's has no integrity.

    June 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. David

    McCain, you don't even know how to operate a computer you are completely out of touch with this generation. Your plan is seriously flawed and will only benefit big corporate friends such as the Bush and Cheney families, and of course you and your wife. You lost your voice you are a puppet of the republican machine.

    June 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Makeshift

    Wow John McCain is using government money to fund a project that would be better left to the free market? I thought he was a republican??

    This looks like all talk and no substance, is McCain the new Obama?

    June 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. krissy

    WHY is the media avoiding the Obama speech on June 16th that laid out the best energy/economic policy idea ever?

    June 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Noah

    Will someone wake John up, and tell him we are up to our ears in lame projects. We need real world solutions for our real world problems, not cute campaign gimmicks.

    Do us a favor John, get back on the Straight Talk Express bus, and tell the driver that Denny's is having a blue plate special. Go, relax, take your time and eat. We know campaigning must be grueling for you.

    June 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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