June 25th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 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.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    The difference is simple one man has a resume of accomplishments and service to his country. Obama can give a great speech and is worshipped as an idol.

    The choice is clear

    Puma pac
    Nobama 08' It will only take a small number of us. were not going anywhere-

    June 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Obama is so ahead of the curve on energy. McCain can't decide if he's for or against drilling in ANWAR or off-shore, Gimmicks like "gas tax holidays", 300 million cash prizes. He said he was only saying these things to give people a boost and feel better about $4 gas. Huh!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    His explaination on off shore drilling in Florida was pathetic. His explaination of healthcare plan to working mothers saw boring faces in New Mexico. Is it catching on? Nader's comments confirms that many Americans like me think that Obama has not defined himself yet to have what it takes to represent US on the world stage. What in the world were the Democrats thinking?

    June 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Reduce by the year 2050? Reducing fuel economy standards by half in 18 years? Please. Obama has just done what politicians do, and rolled out a policy that will in reality will have no effect while he is in office and be unenforceable on future administrations. This is an example of "change you can believe in?" This tactic is nothing new. Presidential candidates have been doing this forever. More Obama rhetoric. I am no fan of Obama but I am a lifelong Democrat so I am looking for a reason to vote for him in November. This pie in the sky plan is not it.

    June 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Truth B Told

    See now that's a plan of action, something the American people can see and understand!!! Where is your energy website Mr. McSame!!! All Obama has done is shown leadership, everyone follow the LEADER and his name is Barrack OBAMA the next President of the UNITED STATES!

    OBAMA 08

    June 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Knoxville, Operation: NObama

    Is it me, or does it look like Obama has been depicted on the new website as the second coming? Wow, does he and his Obamabot sheep have an Obamessiah delusion.

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

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

    McCAIN '08

    June 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Sweetie

    I agree he is Dr. No.....

    for more then one reason!

    His web site offers no plan that will help now, in the near or far future!

    McCain you have my Vote!

    McCain 08

    June 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Dave

    Is Obama coming out of the clouds?!? Subtle politics is my favorite type of politics.

    For what it's worth, I might vote for Obama, but don't be fooled people, he's a politician through and through. Kudo's to the political machine he's built. They are running a shrewd campaign.

    June 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Obama's energy plan is superior to McCain's plan.
    It is free of gimmicks and unsound quick fixes.
    Americans want someone in the White House
    that we can trust and believe in again.Yes we do.

    Obama 2008

    June 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. JK Ashburn, VA

    I just got finished reading the comments about Ralph Nader's remarks and some of the other blogs here. It continues to strike me that the vast majority of respondents on these blogs are just trash-talkers with nothing intelligent to say. Reminds me of the kids in the neighborhood when I grew up. Start an argument with them and the best they can do is stick out their tongue at you. Or, a little later in life, flip you the bird.

    Increasingly, the written word is emulating all of the yelling on the so-called "debate" programs on cable news. Civility is a thing of the past.

    Suggestion: if you have nothing intelligent to say by way of response, save yourself the embarrasment and don't respond. if you're using the blog as a means of taking out your frustration instead of kicking the dog, consider getting some therapy. Incredibly childish behavior. But, I guess that is what the state of discourse in America has devolved to - the least common denominator.

    June 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. won't work

    Cap and trade has not worked in Europe.

    It just encourages more waste and fraud.

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

    This is exactly what Obama needs to do on all the issues. He is constantly being accused of being nothing but rhetoric. These kinds of plans will prove otherwise.
    Way to go Obama!

    June 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Mike

    STand STrong
    for CHANGE!!


    Fall HARD
    for the SAME!!!

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

    From Obama's new website:
    "In 2000, countries like Germany made a major commitment to increase the use of renewable energy and begin to get off oil. We elected George Bush and Dick Cheney - who gave us a secret energy task force, a war in Iraq and the same old energy policies.

    Eight years later, gas prices are soaring above $4 a gallon and the nation stands at a crossroads."
    My question for Obama is, what is the price of gas in Germany???? Methinks it to be much much higher than $4 a gallon.

    Newsflash for Obama: Gas prices are much higher in every country that doesn't subsidize the prices.

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. independent

    how 'bout NO more of your useless gimmicks,that will never be implemented,just like always,mcbush-oil man.tucker bounds is a dweeb.

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. trust your instincts

    Dr. No = Dr. November, where the landslide vicory will take place.
    Kill the birds, pollute the sea, ocean, waterways, and spread cancer..and repubs say the love america...

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Bob From pittsburgh

    Seems that the republican agenda has been successfully implemented, the big winners are the oil man in power (Remember Dick Cheney's secret meeting with oil companies to set the energy policy of the US?) Now are you aware who will be participating in the oil business in Iraq? Do the Bush family or the Cheney family has interest in the mentioned oil companies? My self I don’t know Does anybody knows?

    You can fool some of the people some of the time.. But not all the time.

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Lisa

    I'm finally ready to start rallying behind Barack Obama. I know he will do and say whatever to win. He won this vote once he agreed to pay all of Hillary Clinton's bills. Thanks Osama!!!

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. boastful one

    Obama easily makes promises.

    He easily criticizes the solutions of others... but has no track record of his own "successes" to point to.

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. adam

    McCain's best issue is a liberal issue, are the Republicans ready to apologise to the country and the world for holding back US Environmental Policy? McCain should say, "I'm sorry my party has set us back for so long."

    McCain's gas tax holiday would save me and other sensible drivers about $20 and reward people for their SUV perchases. This push for new Nuclear Power is scary b/c there is no where to put the waste from the first generation of Nuclear Plants and they cost alot of money paid for by tax dollars. I like his battery challenge, but I wonder if the new tech would be placed in the shere of public knowledge or would it be contracted to a private company.

    June 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. cb from la

    site has some pretty good information

    June 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. division by race baiting ruined Obama

    Obama has proven himself to be a great divider... just look at the sorry state of the once united Democratic party.

    Playing the race card and lying to tear down your opponent will do that.

    McCain has proven himself to work across party lines. So he is more likely to come up with a bipartisam approach.

    June 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Jacklyn, NC

    Thank you Barack Obama. We do not need to be bogged down with "gimmicks" from John McCain.

    Obama '08'

    June 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. JJ

    Obama is not African-American, he is 50% black/50% white. Why do alot of black people call themselves African-American? Because their ancestors were from Africa? You are born in America, you are an American. My fear is that black people will vote for Obama because he is half black. This is racism. Oh, and why isn't Jesse Jackson in Iowa fighting for the flooded out farmers, etc, like he was in New Orleans? Because they are white? This is racism.
    Racism, blah blah, alot of black people are so racist it makes me sick.

    June 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. shape shifter

    I automatically do not trust Obama anymore... that is the result of the counter- to- his -message campaign of hate and division he waged during the democratic primary.

    He showed himself to be a hypocritical, lying, flipflopper for political gain.

    So I do not even listen anymore... I know that he just panders and lies and shifts positions so readily to advance himself.

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