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. Generation X

    Republicans are you worry.....You should be!!! LOL

    We the people have given the Republican leaders nearly eight years and what did we get:

    ***HIGHER GAS (home and car)
    ***bad economy

    No thank you........NOT THIS TIME!!

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

    To all you socialist Obamabots, At least McCain has a plan! I realize most of you live at home with mommy and daddy, and wouldn't know the first thing about actually supporting yourselves. You will vote for Obama because he promises to be your great provider. You all really need to get a clue!

    June 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Independent in New Mexico

    Too little and too late. We (the United States) should have formed a long term energy policy 35 years ago when we were hit with the 1st oil embargo. We have short memories and refuse to learn from history. Every one want the U.S. to "do something" BUT NOT IN MY BACKYARD!!!! Exactly where are these 45 nucelar reactors going to be built ???? Where ever it is, you can expect huge demonstrations against them. The same goes for "wind farms" (see recent Cape Cod activity). Sorry, but no one in the american public is willing to give up any of their perceived privileges for a long term common good. "Let some one else do it." seems to be the attitude held by 99.99999 % of the public.

    June 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Chris, from WI

    Hey joe in VA....

    Barack is still, you know, running for the presidency, so, there's really not a whole lot he can do right now besides tell us what he plans to do until he takes office in Jan 09.

    And learn how to use the internet. If you actually visit Obama's website, you'll see he has plenty of plans; you're just too lazy to go look so you can come on here and spew crap like your last post.

    June 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Senator Packwood

    "joe in VA June 25th, 2008 3:17 pm ET

    to the previous 5 posts….at least McCain has a plan. BHO simply spews a lot of empty talk then takes a bow for grand speech.

    It seems t me that the only thing BHO supporters want in a candidate is a "rock star". The country needs a problem solver folks!

    If all BHO can deliver is words then he is useless to the country!"

    We needs some more actors to run this thing! Isn't there another senile, warmongering B movie actor in Hollywood that can run for President??? Issues don't matter, as long as you talk tough

    June 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Is he ever going to settle on something? Everyday he thinks of another lame brain idea. Give it a rest ...please.

    June 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Shawn - GA

    I can't for the life of me understand so many of these comments here everyday. Such hate and name calling... etc

    I can only pray that these are mostly posted by kids home from school for the summer and that their parents, older brothers and sisters aunts and uncles, and so forth are more level headed and understand that we are looking to move the country forward and not just vote based on which of these men has a prettier website.

    June 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Typical White Person

    If any of you Bots bothered to watch or ready ANYTHING other than CNN you would have seen reports that some of the off-shore drilling can be tapped into in less than 1 year and the vast majority would be reached in 2-5 years.

    However, since a big chunk of the price of gas is due to speculation, as soon as the market hears that offshore drilling is in the works the price will drop.

    Economics 201 – for those with an IQ over 90...

    June 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Tommy

    "Strategic independence by 2025." Well, that's a better timeframe than he has for keeping us in Iraq for 100 years!

    June 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    The more he talks about getting oil independent the more I like him.
    It is to bad that no one thought about doing that yrs ago instead of capping wells and stacking drill rigs in the early 80's. It is time this country gets it's independence back or we won't have any reason for the $4 th of July celebrations.
    Where would we have been in WW2 or any of the other wars if we needed to get everything from other countries. But there are too many youngsters out there that don't understand all that.

    June 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Fred

    It amazes me to see how utterly stupid people that post here are. Utter morons, the whole lot of you.

    June 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Nando, Florida

    His plan is nothing new Bob Dole must have gave him left over clip notes from his run in 1996 just before he fell off the stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Republican who loves OBAMA

    Good for you John McCain! Now, quit pandering for votes, and tell us where that $300 million is coming from you are offering for a "smart battery". I hope Americans are really paying attention to this election, b/c the Republicans are doing and saying whatever to get a vote! If all of this was so easy, why wait until now to try to fix it! I think McCain is looking at the polls, and it's looking pretty bleak! Too late, DEMS will win all up and down the ballot this year! Go OBAMA Go!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Method Man

    His plan is weak, like clock radio speakers

    June 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Hans-Erik Iken

    He should make a statement about why he thinks those nations are hostile or unreliable for the US. Could it be that they are like that because of the ay they were treated by the Bush administration?

    GWB and co have always treated all others as servants or enemies.

    Remember this one: ' you are with us or you are against us' ?

    No room for disagreement, just my way or the highway. Arrogant SOB.

    June 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Kim

    He should call it the Pander Project.

    June 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Jennifer from Atlanta

    Not only will this out-of-touch, old goat not be alive to see this alleged Lexington project but god help our children and grandchildren. Like all other US business oil drilled here will go to the highest bidder, more than likely China and India.

    June 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Chut Pata

    Google on "Bush Abdullah Ranch Pic" and enjoy some pictures of Bush and Abdullah hand in hand on Bush ranch. So much for "worst enemies".

    Fool me once, shame on Bush. Fool me twice, shame on McBush, Fool me thrice ... shame on me.

    June 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Typical White Person

    saha June 25th, 2008 3:16 pm ET

    it too old idea for USA , like him


    It just makes me want to run out and vote for Obama when I see the mental and gramatical prowess of his supporters...

    June 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Jason

    Wow...I'm glad there is such intelligent discussion on this site.....NOT.

    This is why Dems will never be taken seriously. Instead of discussing the issues, all you do is insult. It was the same deal during the Obama/Clinton primary, only then you were insulting people of your own party. Why don't you people grow up and actually take time to understand and discuss the issues.

    "McCain is an idiot" sure is constructive. I CAN'T WAIT until you lose this election.

    June 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Andrew

    I read the new's a lot, I see Barack Huesien Obama talking about generalities a lot. That's a fact not one person here can deny. I see John Sydney McCain talking about actual policy decision's he would make, more importantly the exact specifics. Atleast with McCain you know what your getting, take it or leave it. Obama is a "rock star" but you don't know exactly what your getting. Think about it folks. Stop drinking the coolaid!!

    June 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Sarah

    We need to "get off of" foreign oil. We can do that by increasing our efforts to not only drill offshore (which I agree with, if stringent precautions are enforced) but to also reduce our dependance on oil.

    John McCain is trying to get that process started. We can't snap our fingers and get what we want, instant gratification isn't possible here.
    No, we won't feel the effects of offshore drilling for a while. BUT we will eventually and our children will. The super battery is a STEP in the right direction as well.

    We can be self-reliant tomorrow if we start today.

    June 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    Yeh – SCARE us into off-shore drilling. Forget all the permits already in place -let the oil companies stock pile more. Who do you you think gets the prize? It's not like the oil companies and corporate auto industries don't already have this technology -right? How bout that ENRON LOOPHOLE? Got to protect your buddies Mc ENRON?

    June 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. LB

    Instead of a $300 million dollar prize, why not have some of those really smart people at NASA invent something enery efficient out of all those million of dollars the government is already giving to the space program. If they can build a rocket to go to the moon surely they can come up with some form of enery efficient battery for the general public. We don't need to go into outter space right now we need more efficient transportation right here on earth.

    June 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Vietnam Vet, who posted above, remembers what I was talking about events in the '70s. Those oil shortages always seemed to crop up or worsen when the US showed initiative to rid itself of foreign dependence.

    June 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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