June 25th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama launches new website focused on energy policy

Sen. Obama launched this new Web site Wednesday.
Sen. Obama launched this new Web site Wednesday.

(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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I just saw his video on that website! I URGE everyone to watch it, god where has this man been all these years, the time we've wasted! His idea's are visionary, I can't believe the years we've wasted with Bush!

    June 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Yes McExxon.................he is MR. KNOW!

    Are kindergarteners runing the McBush campaign?

    This is just like taking candy from a baby!

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

    That's all Obama does: open websites! to get money, to stop "smears?", to show off his seal... He is such a fake going back on everything he had said to win! Justice will prevail and the real qualified candidate, hopefully, will be our democratic nominee. Meanwhile, NOBAMA FOR ME AND FOR MILLIONS OF OTHERS!
    Amarissa
    Florida

    June 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    THE OBAMA PLAN IS RESPONSIBLE

    AND THERE ARE NO LOBBYISTS

    IN OUR POCKET.

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

    Did I miss something? :o|

    When did McCain show he will put the country first? and . .
    When did McCain come-up with the "best ideas"?

    Because I haven't seen or heard anything to this point that we would actually benefit from.

    June 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Jamaal

    Mccain is a gimmick if we start drilling offshore then yes we get more oil but of course whenever you have more of something you use more so we start using more oil that means we will not get off oil and if that happens we can not reduce our green house gases which will leave the world in worst conditons than they are now short answere NO OFF SHORE DRILLING

    June 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    WHY ISN'T CNN DOING AN INVESTIGATION INTO MCCAIN'S ROLE IN THE ENRON LOOPHOLE?

    SINCE THE WAR WITH IRAQ STARTED OIL PRICES HAVE MORE THAN TRIPLED....... THANK YOU, W.!

    There are no easy answers to the fuel crisis! Even if we drilled off ALL coasts, WE WOULD NOT SEE A DROP OF OIL AT THE GAS PUMP FOR YEARS!

    ENDING THE SPECULATION ON OIL FUTURES, ECONOMISTS TESTIFYING ON CAPITOL HILL, HAVE SAID WOULD LOWER OIL PRICES QUICKER!

    LET'S GET REAL.

    June 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Marjorie, Jamaican

    Back to the future with Obama. Excellent proposals. Tapping energy in the right places and wipe out those speculators.
    Let's go, Let's go!

    Obama/Gore '08!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. michael

    this is the beginning of thee GE tactical clean up

    June 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE OBAMA PLAN IS A GREAT LONG TERM REALISTIC

    PLAN THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT OUR ENVIRONMENT

    AND POCKET. IT AIN'T EASY & IT AIN'T QUICK, BUT WE

    WONT DIE FROM DIRTY AIR OR RADIATION.

    June 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    I love all those people that say Obama is an empty suit and yet he keeps on acting on all his talk (not allowing the dnc to take pac and lobbyist monies for example, not taking federal monies to finance his campaign for another...) Be honest if he walked on water you still wouldn't like him.

    June 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. demwit

    How is doubling the fuel economy standards over the next 18 years going to help me pay for my $4 gas today?

    Is Obama even planning on lower gas prices??

    June 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Lisa

    I'm sick of hearing about Barack Obama.

    June 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. therealist

    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.

    i.e...., no help now, higher energy gas prices forever.

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. psittacines

    It's good to see the candidates beginning to talk about serious environmental issues. The earth has a cancer when viewed from space; we are all in this together and if changes are not made forthwith, catastrophic weather changes are going to trash us all!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Florida for Obama

    lookie there that should make the obama haters shut up now that he has his plan posted...

    maybe obama should call his plan "The Yorktown" plan

    because if Lexington started it... Yorktown finished it.

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Nancy

    First, I will NEVER vote for John McCain (3rd Bush term)

    However, this is just more proof to me that Senator Obama really hasn't a clue about how many of us live. I care about energy for the future BUT MANY OF US NEED RELIEF NOW – not afters years of implementing new greener enerfy proposals. A gas tax holiday would save me $50 a month. I NEED that $50

    June 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Eric

    Ok, we don't need to end our dependency on 'foreign' oil, we need to end it on all oil.

    Once my car (a 2005 Elantra that gets well over 30 MPG) is paid off in Spring of 2010 I will be buying an electric car for my commute. I drive 30 miles each way and car pool with my wife who happens to work only a mile away from me. Where i live electricity is currently 7 cents per KWH. so instead of spending 50 bucks a week on gas I'll be spending 5 bucks on electricity or less if I get a timed meter that gives me a lower rate at night.

    June 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Jon

    Wow, a cap-and-trade program! Now's that's original!! It's not like McCain didn't sponsor a BIPARTISAN bill that addressed exactly that over 5 years ago!

    The bottom line is that McCain has a proven record of working with both parties, and Obama leans so far to the left that even moderate Democrats won't work with him.

    June 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    Sen. Obama is the only candidate who can deliver an energy plan that works for the American people and not political gimmicks like those of John McCain.

    Obama 08!

    June 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Mike

    Obama has the 21 century ideas to make America competitive in the future. Great website!!! Sorry, McCain your out dated.

    June 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. MCD

    Putting his money where his mouth is, good job Obama. Anyone can give a silly speech and offer a lunatic amount of money for something that will never happen.

    OBAMA08!

    June 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obama's opposition to more nuclear power plants makes no sense. Uranium reserves are estimated to be able to supply our needs for hundreds of years with reprocessing. All those electric cars will need something to plug into. Nuclear power is that something. France gets 80% of it's electricity from nuclear power. It emits no greenhouse gases. Current plant designs are safe and reliable. The technology is here, and doesn't need to be developed. Other renewable sources should absolutely be persued, but ignoring nuclear is a big mistake. The US navy has operated over 100 nuclear powered ships for years without incident. Yes we can! Go nukes.

    June 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    IF WE ARE TO SURVIVE THE FUTURE GAS SHORTAGES,

    WE NEED TO ENACT THE OBAMA PLAN ASAP.

    MCBUSH HAS A GREAT IDEA TO EXPOSE US TO

    RADIATION, TOXIC AIR, POVERTY AND HIS LOBBYISTS.

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

    Rolls eyes.... Obama. You're no Al Gore...

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