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. Republican who loves OBAMA

    To all you OBAMA haters, here IS his plan for energy dependence, even Bill Clinton has endorsed OBAMA'S plan, McCain is pandering for votes, he needs to address to the American people why he didn't love America until he was a POW, and release ALL of his medical and military records, and oh yeah, why are you wearing a band-aid on your head!!!!!!

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

    June 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Uncle Sam

    The Lexington Project looks like a winner!

    June 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. CW in DC

    Looks like all those folks hollering about Obama not having a plan are chewing on their foot and their words right about now.

    What say you all now? I'm sure you'll still scream he has no plan... in 3...2...1...

    June 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Websites for Obama!!!

    June 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. jodi

    Michelle, if you consider Bush charming, I sincerely question your ability to recognize charm. Childish behavior does not equal charisma.

    June 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. MLG

    You flip flop more than McCain does. I have to go with McCain. I don't trust a single word that comes out of Obama mouth. McCain 08

    June 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. mayahh

    A great tax break will be for the goverment to manage all oil companies and allow americans to go fill their tanks at all times and they foot the bill, we all pay taxes don't we.

    June 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Larry Parvin

    143 Days on the Senate Floor and Obama can solve all our problems. Go Obama!

    June 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. puff

    obama,obama, you are such a loser. Won't debate McCain, won't take a stand on anything, can't create a single idea on your own, can't give a speech without the telepromter. MY EIGHTH GRADE CHILD CAN GIVE A SPEECH ON HIS OWN!! You are such a girlie – man. You are a loser big time.
    McCain 08!!

    June 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN SAYS WE'LL BE OIL DEPENDENCY FREE IN 2025, THAT'S RIGHT PEOPLE MCCAIN SAID 2025. I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA WET MY PANTS.

    June 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. texan

    Obama reminds me of a parrot. Takes someone else's ideas, gives them a twist and calls them his own. Go back where you came from porch monkey!!!!!!!!!

    McCain for President

    June 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    Hey, boys and girls:

    You don't seem to understand that BO rejected lobbyist dollars ONLY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, NOT for the house and senate races. Now, how many of you think that lobbyists are interested in spending time with the president? Presidents don't cast votes, morons, so lobbyists want to give money to and get cooperation from senators and house members. Or is that all too sophisticated for you to grasp?

    The DNC door is WIDE OPEN FOR LOBBYISTS donating to house and senate candidates, courtesy of Obama.

    Get it? Is this what you meant by "Change we can believe in?" I guess it is, since you applauded the back room politics of BO renegging on his promise to use Campaign Funding, setting back campaign reform in this country by 20 years. What does BO care about that? Nothing. He is so incredibly selfish and greedy and lying and hypocritical – just like you Obama fans.

    June 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Sabrina

    Jim@3:33 you sound like you think this man walks on water, besides they have people who set up these website, not Obama. Stop drinking the koolaid he isn't the second coming. I think I will throw up.!!!!

    June 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Calvin in Raleigh, NC

    Pure genius.

    June 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Obama Supporter

    Hey Ms. Smith – if you go to barackobama.com, it is right there. You literally can't miss it.

    How can you people blog if you don't know how to use "the internets?"

    June 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Mike from Las Vegas

    Wow, what a great energy plan O-Bummer has put forth; no nukes', no new oil, no coal, no shale...............guess what, no energy!

    What we do have is cap-and-trade (read GIANT tax increase) and double the fuel economy standards (read tiny little electric cars...........but wait, where will the electricity come from?).

    I personally think this is just a super "plan"; developed by a fool and supported by those who think we are much better off leaving a few trillion barrels of oil in the ground while we protect the yet-to-be-discovered 8 horned, 3 eyed BS fish.

    June 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Texas Trail Dog

    AW COME ON OBAMA. YOU HAVE NO ENERGY POLICY. YOU MAY FOOL THE FOOLS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICANS BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL US HILLARY BACKERS. YOU ARE UNFIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY EVEN IF YOU MAY WIND UP THERE. THEN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO. YOU CAN'T DO WHAT YOUR MOTIVES DICTATE YOU TO DO AND THAT IS TO DESTROY AMERICA BECAUSE CONGRESS WON'T LET YOU. BUT YOU CAN PLUNGE THIS COUNTRY INTO A WEAKENED MILITARY AND DEPRESSION.

    June 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. roger

    go obama!!!!!!! we love you.

    June 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Lee

    I think McCain's idea to drill offshore is the way to go. Until we can develop renewable energy, we still will have to energize our nation during a transition period, and America's infrastructure runs on oil. In addition to the economic factors, we have to stop funding countries who want to destroy us. Energy independence equals National security. In the meantime, the do nothing democrats want to fiddle while Rome burns.

    June 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Texas Trail Dog

    OBAMA PLEASE DON'T ASK YOUR LOW LIFE SUPPORTERS TO PAY A DIME TO HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN. WE HILLARY SUPPORTERS WILL MAKE THE CONTRIBUTIONS SHES NEEDS. I JUST MADE ONE AND I AM CALLING ON THE REST OF YOU BACKERS ANTI UP SO THIS WOMAN WILL NOT HAVE TO SINK TO OBAMA'S LEVEL AND HELP HIM GAIN THE WHITE HOUSE. HEAVEN FORBID THAT WE LET HER DOWN IN HER TIME OF NEED. SHE FOUGHT GALLANTLY FOR US NOW IT'S PAYBACK TIME. COME ON WITH THOSE $20 AND 25$ THAT'S ALL IT WILL TAKE. LET'S ENSURE SHE WILL BE BACK FIGHTING FOR US ONCE MORE TO CLEAN UP THIS CRAP OBAMA IS GOING TO PLUNGE US INTO. I PERSONALLY WOULD NOT TAKE A DIME FROM THE OBAMA SUM BAGS, THE RIOTERS AND FOUR LETTER WORD SPEAKERS. THEY HAVE TRASHY MOUTHS AND TRASHY MENTALITYS.

    June 25, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Vig

    Now Obama is an expert on everything – too good to be true, probably is. Obama reminds me of those potato chip bags – nice packaging, looks full, but then you open it up and find out the bag is half-full and the rest is air.

    June 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. NW Dem

    The Obama plan is the one full of gimicks! Tell me how you raise gas mileage standards without limiting the choices Americans have in vehicles. Oh, so I get it. The only ones who can drive larger vehicles which are proven more safe are the rich elites like the Obama's!

    At least McCain is looking at all sources of energy as stop gap measures until technology finds something better.

    Obama is an energy source himself....nothing but hot air!

    June 25, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Gina

    Nancy Pelosi says we need a new President in Washington, who is independent, and has no past ties. Well, what about congress ... who the majority of America dislikes ... and who didn't do anything they promised when reelected 2 years ago. Let's take Nancy's advice, and let's start by replacing the old congress ... and, first of all, let's replace Nancy Pelosi.

    June 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. JCA

    Obama's level of proactivity in getting his message out is admirable. It makes me hopeful that the bob-and-weeve game of posturing through saying nothing definitively might be ending. McCain seems to be doing the same, but maybe not as effectively.

    Overall, this campaign feels far more substantive than any in recent memory.

    June 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Justice League

    Amarissa, it's called networking. He's getting the information out in as many media outlets as possible. Obama commands a mastery of using the internet and the media to aid in supporting his campaign. Something McCain is sadly out of touch with. You will change your mind, Amarissa, and so will the millions of others. If you take the time to research all the issues McCain stands for, and how closely aligned he is with Bush, you will change. Change we all can believe in. Obama '08.

    June 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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