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. Sen.McCain't Change

    "When we buy foreign oil, we are enriching some of our worst enemies."

    i often wondered how Bin Laden was able to fund his masacres

    June 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Kelley

    Wake me up when it's over.

    June 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Mod

    I can't wait until Barack is elected.

    We won't rely on cars because we will ride rainbows and unicorns instead of cars. All the people of this world will stop hating each other and join hands and will lose their need for ambition and all the Earth will be a one big hippie village. I know this is true because Barack's speeches are so good. I believe all the things he says, even if he doesn't have experience or a sound knowledge of how the world works.

    June 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Joe in VA:

    McCain has a plan alright – open up our waters to drill for more oil so that in 10 years when this magic "plan" starts to show the first sign of a benefit, the companies in his back pocket can reap billions in profit at the expense of people like you who are too stupid to know the difference. And they laugh at you on their private jets flying all the way back to Arizona, using the petroleum-based jet fuel people like you let them drill for.

    Obama at least has enough intelligence to see beyond oil for energy independence in this country. THAT's a plan.

    June 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    You have worn me out mcwar with your endless pandering. Next thing you'll tell me is you'll make us all rich...not!

    June 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Jamaal

    Mcshame is a joke he says drill offshore so we can get more oil while at the same time he say's we need to cut our green House gases how can you do that if the reason we have so much gas is oil in the first place? we need to get off oil completly that is why we should invest in wind turbines

    June 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |

    I agree with Willow.

    Gore For Energy
    Hill For Health Care
    Leiberman shipped to Israel!

    June 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Mary

    McCain just do one thing a time. McCain throwing mud on the wall trying to find something that will stick. The problem is all of McCain ideas come from lobbyist.

    June 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Sen.McCain't Change

    SingleA Parent in CA asks: When was the last time one of them actually got something through the group of idiots called Congress?

    Answer: Hold your breath..because this time there will be a DEM Pres.. and DEM control of House and Senate....tee-hee

    June 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Get him John Get Him !!!!

    Nobama 08

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. skunkrat The Marine

    That's right John, go for the drama " THE LEXINGTON PLAN", kinda reminds you of " THE MANHATTEN PROJECT". He has to have some type of WAR reference (economic SECURITY, energy SECURITY) in every thing he talks about. Sen. McCain stop playing the WAR HERO role, everyone knows that you were not a great military officer, you were a well connected military officer.
    Get down to discussing your policy positions and stop reminding everyone that you were not good enough of a pilot to evade a SAM over N.VIetnam.

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. rice, bryan

    now is that with more oil drilling, or is that with alternative fuels? let's all wait to hear the flip flop.

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Obama is not a uniter. He is the most liberal Senator in the Senate! McCain has been working with both Republicans and Democrats for years.

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |

    No more tales from the McCrypt Keeper!

    June 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Senator McCain is out of touch.
    McCain and his supporters focus more on attacking Obama
    than any of the real issues facing the American people.
    This is why he is losing in every category except terrorism.
    Senator Obama will lead in terrorism shortly.
    Americans will not buy in to the Republican fear tactics.
    Not this time! Go to Senator Obama's website and you will
    see an energy policy that makes sense.

    June 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Alex From Strohs

    Wow, the only thing missing from that annoucement was the commercial for Maypo and razor blades

    June 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Matt, Canoga Park

    Do all Obama supporters hate their grandparents? If the best you can offer is to make fun of someone for their age then that is pretty pathetic. Most societies revier and respect their elders and the experience they have and the knowledge that come with it.

    But if you are uneducated and immature then follow like a lemming behind Obama. Barak has no plan and no clue and compared to McCain no experience, ideas or leadership. At least McCain is thinking beyond his presidency and trying to help America in the long run like we should have done years ago.

    What's Baraks plan? Fluffy speech? Tax Americans back to the stone age?

    You mock McCain with the stereotypes of the elderly, what about Obama's begging for money for Hillary Clintons stupidity. Talk about perpetuating a stereotype. Take one step back for all the progress you thought you were making.

    June 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Swift

    McInsane, the old man yelling at clouds, needs to understand that an energy policy must be modern- McWifebeater just found out that the horse and carriage have been obsolete for almost 100 years, back when he was middle-aged.

    June 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Truth B Told

    McCain will be holding Sudi hands like President Bush was only a few weeks ago! Jack and Jill went up the hill!!! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that McBush is Jill and the Saudi's are Jack!!!!

    Grown men holding hands INTERESTING!


    June 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Nobama, USA

    Hmm. Nobama supporters spewing forth hate once again. Good for you McCain on coming up with a plan on how to do things. It's much better than the Koolaid man's "I'll change the entire freaking planet for the better just because I said so!" Come November I thing all Nobama's Koolaid intoxication will have turn to Koolaid poisoning for many. CHANGE REQUIRES ACTION, NOT PRETTY SPEECHES!

    June 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Sweetie

    I do appreciate a Good Man with a Good Plan!

    I like how your mind works, it is a now, and near and far future problem that will require a comprehensive approach!

    Thank You! You have my Vote!

    McCain 08

    June 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Knoxville, Operation: NObama

    McCain has fought for campaign finance reform.

    McCain was right on the surge.

    McCain is right on when he offers incentives to discover alternative sources of energy and calls for energy independence by 2025.

    McCain is a qualified, moderate and proven leader who this Democrat can fall in line behind.

    And, yes, I have listened to Obama's flowery rhetoric and have heard his empty slogans.

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH, not even for the selected nominee of the undemocratic Democratic Party.

    McCAIN '08

    June 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. tjfacts

    I support Obama, but I don't think he's a perfect candidate, and Mr. Nader does a TERRIFIC job articulating why. Despite this article's headline, which makes it sound like Nader wants Obama to talk jive, Nader is simply saying that Obama is catering to white elites w/ his rhetoric. Indeed, Obama is NOT talking about predatory lending, he's NOT talking about corporate subsidies, he's NOT talking about the military-industrial complex. Thanks for bringing this to light, Mr. Nader. This is why I'm glad you're in the race, even if my vote is for Obama. Barack's feet need to be held to the fire-he needs to be reminded WHY he's running.

    June 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. CW4Barak

    This plan sucks just like the Republicans!

    Democrats unite and end the McBush saga!

    June 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Eric

    We need to get off all oil not just foreign oil.

    By 2010 and definitely by 2015 electric car technology will be cheaper and affordable. There are electric cars coming later this year in the 15k to 30k range. Depending what you use for gas 30k for a car would get you the same payments as a 20k car plus your monthly gas bill. I spend over 200 a month in gas, if i added that minus 50 bucks for electricity (that's a very liberal estimate) that would give me money that i could afford a 450 dollar car payment at 8% is a 22k car that i could afford for an electric.

    June 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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