(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, rolled out a new Web site Wednesday that focuses on his energy proposals.
The site, http://www.NewEnergyForAmerica.com, details differences in the energy plans of Obama and Sen. John McCain as the two men continue to debate the best way to meet the country’s energy needs when prices for oil and gasoline are at or near all-time highs.
A 13-minute YouTube clip of Obama’s Tuesday speech on energy in Nevada is also embedded on the site along with a link to another page on the Obama campaign Web site for a group called “Environmentalists for Obama.”
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.
McCain has proposed suspending the federal gasoline tax over the summer, lifting the federal ban on offshore drilling and allowing states to decide whether to allow oil and gas exploration off their shores, and pushing for building more nuclear energy plants.
Obama called McCain’s energy proposals “gimmicks” in his speech Tuesday and the McCain camp countered by dubbing Obama “Dr. No” on the issue of energy security because of Obama’s opposition to McCain’s plans on offshore drilling, encouraging energy innovation with a $300 million prize, providing a federal gas tax holiday, and relying more on nuclear power.
In a speech on energy policy in Las Vegas, Nevada Wednesday, McCain unveiled a bundle of energy initiatives his campaign calls the “Lexington Project.” The project includes initiatives like giving a $5,000 tax credit to each consumer who buys a zero carbon emissions car and creating a permanent tax credit equal to 10 percent of a company’s wages spent on research and development.
The McCain campaign dismissed Obama's new site Tuesday. “John McCain has shown that he will put the country first, and work with the best ideas of both Democrats and Republicans to find near-term, mid-term and long-term solutions to skyrocketing energy and gas prices," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in an e-mail. "Barack Obama is blinded by partisanship and has opposed domestic energy exploration, opposed gas tax relief and opposed private incentives for a better electric-hybrid car – so it takes more than a website to disguise Obama’s ‘Dr. No’ energy policy," Bounds added.
Although Obama and McCain differ on many aspects of energy policy, they do agree on some points; both have pledged to try to rid energy markets of speculative activity that affects prices.
This report only shows how Obama is so out of touch. What a complete STOOGE.
Now Obama is "blinded by partisanship". Is it me...or does it seem like the Repbulican campaign is always on the defensive when talking about Obama.
Still Name calling.........so childish.
Both Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama must learn that "tax-breaks" only work when you have sufficient "cash-flow" to make it to tax time.
What a smart man, he always has new ideas. We love you and we are very proud of you. Keep up the good work!
Obama is a loser. CNN is paid for by the Obama campaign.
The long awaited wake up call for Americans in the ares of energy comsuption is finally here. To put a band aid over the issue means the issue will remain fresh for a long time to come. Find a solution to it once and for all. It may take time for us to get there but at least we'll get ther. Take us on a journey.
Good for Obama - I've heard a lot of crap about cap-and-trade systems from environmentalists, but Obama here proves that he's about solutions rather than ideology.
I just looked up, the apollo project cost 135 billion dollars in 2005 dollar standards.. obama proposes 150 billion, very similar. Just to let u know folks
America wantss to write a Dear John Letter....simply saying to Mcain, Good Bye...to many LIES from Mr GimMcCain.
NO MORE BUSH
Obama "Comprehensive plan for renewables, fuel economy and energy efficiency will help create as many as 5 million new green jobs". if this is the case why not be for a big reward for a company to come up with a great improve batt. for cars???
Obama has a lot of nerve using the word ":gimmick."
His whole campaign is a slick marketing gimmick.
Bush: charming and inept (change and unity mantra)
Obama: charming and inept (change and unity mantra)
Obama = Bush 3
Question: Why are we receiving so much coverage on Obama and just a fraction on McCain (and I am not supporting him)? Second question: Why does CNN "close its comments" so quickly on certain stories, but permit others to rack up hundreds of responses. I refer specifically to the above Nader story, posted 2:45 p.m. and closed by 3:15 pm.? Finally, why not find a few stories that are objectives - neither pro nor con for either candidate?
When Obama was interviewed by Chris Wallace over 1 month ago, Obama said he would cross party lines on the issue of curbing greenhouse gases. He said he believes the industry should voluntarily determine the amount of pollution being emitted by factories as opposed to the government imposing restrictions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I was shocked when I heard this! This is a Republican policy that clearly would be bad for the environment.
So, nuclear plants expensive to build, maintain, and decommision after 40 years...
Oil companies haven't explored all the land that is available to them...
Even using all of our oil reserves would not significatly impact markets for 8+ years, and still would not be sustainable....
If we are going to invest all this money, why are people chewing on Obama who wants to put it into a real solution?
P.S. Went to Obama's new web site referred to in this article above. Couldn't find it!
I just want to know who McCain thinks can afford to buy a new zero carbon emission car. I sure can't and with thousands of peoples homes foreclosed on I know others can't either.
McCain’s ideas once again will give tax credits that don't need them. How about giving tax credits to people who are really hurting with this failing economy?
That's rich coming from a guy who's already in the pockets of Big Oil... or haven't you heard? There is a lovely article from the otherwise liberal Newsweek about how Obama himself accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from oil companies.
Duhbama thinks he can tax our way into energy independence!
This guy doesn't have a clue!
Am going to check out Obama's site now.
This is no comprehensive plan! Obama is Dr. No and Professor Dolittle all rolled into one! :(
No way Obama! this former Democrat will vote for the “Lexington Project.” :)
I only hope that the Big Oil economic terrorist will not crash the web site. The Big Oil companies have proven that they will destroy anything are anyone that threatens there profits.
Good job Obama....we are with you all the way!