June 25th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
10 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. Rudy NYC

    I give credit to McCain for the courage to propose untested, but creative ideas. Salute That. (A pinochle phrase when every card in the book is a point.)

    Does anyone recall the world oil market climate when the Alaska pipeline was being built? Ya know, the 70s? We had a "crisis" in the early, mid and late 1970s. The timing of these periods of oil shortages, which raised the price, coincided with iniatives by the US to reduce foreign dependence on imported oil, such as the Alaska Pipeline.

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

    Venezuela is one of our worst enemies?

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

    Gawd!!! McBush has the tact and elegance of a dirt clod.

    "Lexington Project"?? Only he would think he can score points by invoking the WMD "project" dedicated to destroying hundreds of thousands human lives.

    He is SOOO out of touch it's frightening!!

    Good luck to ya McBush...

    June 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Randal NYC

    Naming his plan is another gimmick – he just heard people call for a "Manhattan Project" type way of going about this
    so he named his policy – Im not falling for it

    Obama has describes his policy in the terms of a manhattan project type of approach

    Using the resources of the government and throwing everything we have at the problem, time money, the greatest minds.

    Not saying that I believe Obama will do it, but Mccain seems like he isnt even trying

    You better come up with something better than this to get independants like me to vote for you

    June 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Obama: 2nd Term Carter

    Obama's energy plan is to what??? Do not give me the "find fuels other than oil" stuff b/c if you read that is part of McCain's plan too.

    What is his plan??? What has he said he would do? I know he says what he will not do and the is drill. Well 3/4 of the people want to drill and that will go higher. If you say the poll is crazy that is cool but then do not be two faced and later state another poll making your point.

    June 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. its a plan

    Beats the rhetorical bragging of the yet to do something Obama.

    June 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Chris

    Why is everything about "national security"? I don't like viewing everything as if it were a War of some sort!

    It scares me a "leader" has such a viewpoint...

    June 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. MLG

    At least McCain has a plan. McCain 08

    June 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Bulldog

    So McCain, did you vote for or against better fuel mileage for automobiles in the late 90s? Or were you once again lobbied to vote on the side of big oil. You sure are changing your tune these days, I guess all that "experience" you have helping out the big oil and auto manufacturers that greatly increased Americas addiction to oil is all out the window on this one, huh?

    June 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. sacto joe

    The ENERGY crisis is being purposefully confused with the GAS PRICE crisis. The two are only related in that the failure of the Bush administration to address the ENERGY crisis created the GAS PRICE crisis.
    Solving the immediate problem of high gas prices is simple: SLOW DOWN!!!
    I pumped up my tires, and slowed to 55 mph. I now go 50% farther on a tank of gas.

    June 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. lindsay m

    so we'll borrow even more money from china to build 45 new nuclear power plants with no plan of where to dump their waste? wow. and that would give terrorists 45 new targets, since we'll still be stirring up trouble in iraq and thereby helping al quaeda with their recruitment. this plan is foolproof!

    June 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. beats pandering like Obama does

    One can try... and possibly fail.

    Or one can be like Obama.... brag about how you WIL do the right and perfect thing.... someday... but actually never take a firm position on anything, and never actually DO something.

    He has changed his position on EVERYthing during his primary campaign.

    June 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Erik

    Senator McCain is an honorable has-been with no chance of election.

    June 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Scott, Charlotte

    If McCain's so "green" now, why has he :
    A. consistantly voted against supporting any other alternative energy solutions except nuclear power ?
    B. Agrees with his buddie W on more oil drilling.
    Face it, he's a typical pro-oil republicon who will promise anything to get elected. No chance, old man.

    June 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    McCain deserves credit for actually having a plan. We can't run our cars on buzzwords.

    June 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Vietnam Vet

    Flashback- – -Carter said the same thing many moons ago stay tuned for the same old in 2025- -I doubt if McSame will be around – -if he is he won't remember

    June 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Rick

    And Obama's plan is????? Oh, higher taxes on the oil companies. Gee, that will lower energy costs and makes us more self-sufficient. Hey Obama, economic lesson #1: Corporations don't pay taxes, they merely collect them (from guess who???)

    June 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. lizfor hillary clinton

    what does OBAMA have NOTHING

    June 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. PCL


    June 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Sal in Phoenix

    I'll be dead in 2025, I need help now!

    June 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Lexington- Home of the Lexington Federal Drug Hospital in Kentucky where the US Government during the Cold War experimented on inmates with LSD and psilocybin as part of the CIA program MKULTRA....Perfect name for a delusional economic program. Maybe they can add the Joe Lieberman Wing for AIPAC Foreign Policy...

    June 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Obama: 2nd Term Carter

    Obama’s plan includes a cap-and-trade program intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by the year 2050 and doubling fuel economy standards over the next 18 years.

    What about all the people that were talking about something needs to be done now???

    June 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Mk

    Isn't it true that we get more oil from Canada than we do from the middle east?
    If so, then how many terrorists are there in Canada that we are allegedly supporting?

    June 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Schroeder

    yes, but do you have a WEBSITE focused on energy policy?

    wake me up when you do...

    OBAMA 08

    June 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |


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