(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.