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. Proud American

    Thats right! Lets talk in details about the issues. Unlike McCain Obama delivers the facts. And is willing to listen. No more... McCain=Bush!!

    June 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. joseph

    Good boy.Keep up the good work. OBAMA FAN IN DIASPORA

    June 25, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    As a scientist working in the energy sector for the past decade, I have to say that anyone who thinks McCain has a clue here is oblivious or in denial. Remember when the British Empire kept denying that her influences were waning during the early part of the 20th century? This is McCain's energy policy in a nutshell.

    June 25, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Typical White Person

    Whatever, they all have lobbyists.

    June 25, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Willy

    Obama's is afraid of john McCain so he hides behind his handlers.

    June 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Lucas, Nashville TN

    McCain has silly names... Obama has GOOD IDEAS. The choice is clear. Clear as the Obama-era skies.

    June 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Georgia for Obama

    Why are we even having an election this year? It's clear who the president should be.

    Obama 08

    June 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. john williams san diego, ca.

    I have a vision like the Dali-bama except if we don't start drilling now OPEC can cut off or charge us enough to pay $10 a gallon gas. The dali can't control our economy and his only plan is to tax us until we bleed oil..

    June 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Chris, from WI

    Peter E...

    Provide a link to the Newsweek story because I can't find it.

    June 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. M.S. Indiana

    Michelle, you have a lot of nerve to post here....
    Don't know where you got the idea that bush is charming... but ok, i gues every one have their own kink

    Great plans Mr Obama

    June 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Jay

    Every time Obama blows his nose, a new web site goes up. He is an arrogant gasbag. Where will his website go up to fight the charges by Larry Sinclair ? so far not a peep.
    Oh right, he already has a smear web site up, Sinclair is not on there???

    June 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Texan

    Wow, once again Obama shows he has no idea what he's talking about. What an idiot. You people are so gullible, you don't even asks for details, you just blindly say, "Yes we can" and "Believe"

    Yes we can......what!? What are you going to do? how are you going to do it? and how are you going to PAY for it? I know this must upset Obama supporters, but you people need to ask tough questions and stop telling yourselfs that Obama is your savior.

    June 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Jason

    Obama has big oil and corn ethanol producers pushing his agenda be careful what you wish for. Ethanol is not the answer it is actually a bigger problem in the equation. Carbon taxes profit taxes capital gains taxes waking up in the morning taxes it will never end with this guy. The people who are blinded by rhetoric and call this nonscence visionary need to look at the ultimate cost of his trillion $ spending spree. If spending that much to get minimal job increases cuz 5 million is a joke is worth it to you by all means vote for the tax and spend guy. Clinton had a great economy because he was fiscally responsible not spend happy.

    June 25, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Lisa

    No Demwit ... Obama is not trying to lower gas prices. He said that $30 is not a lot of money so we don't need to lower gas prices.

    June 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. David in Chicago

    Amarissa – you just said what you said.... on a website. Welcome to the modern age.

    June 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. GM from MN

    he is MR. KNOW!

    Are kindergarteners runing the McBush campaign?



    Its hard to make sense when trying to be a maverick and Bush wannabe at the same time....it just doesn't work

    And McCain now all the sudden 'cares' about the environment.

    yeah right.

    June 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Common Sense

    Obama's site clearly shows where he and McCain differ, but it doesn't adequately cover the near-term conversion and requirement for increased oil supplies that our nation will need for the next 10-20 years. Remember, people are not going to suddenly throw their old cars away and buy a new one that doesn't require gasoline or their homes which burn fuel oil and natural gas. This is where the democrat model falls short. We need increased oil supplies for the short-term while we transition over. This is where McCain has the advantage over Obama. That, and he was first with a detailed plan, and the public has already registered that in their minds eye. Obama now needs to come up with something that will realistically cover the next generation's energy needs.

    June 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. ca78

    Can Sen. Obama guarantee that the 150 billion he is going to spend on alternative will find the answer? The answer is no. We need an energy strategy that focuses on what's proven and known and not on a dream .. and yet we can't stop the dream because of what's proven and known. That is exactly what Sen. McCain is proposing. We will need more domestic oil, more nuclear, cleaner coal and conservation to help until the next energy source can be discovered.

    June 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Nicole in NE

    It is just me or are the people posting on here getting MORE AND MORE dimmer by the day?

    I honestly miss the posts from the primaries now – haha.
    I cannot believe how much nonsense is spewed on here now!

    June 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Brock from Omaha

    Amazing how everyone points out that drilling will take years (4, 6, 8+) to help with prices but ignore the idea that even if we created a source of alternative fuel that was cost efficient (without billions in subsidies, sorry ethanol) and still maintained performance and convenience for the average American. How long do you think it would take to test it fully, produce new vehicles, and get them to market? Don't be so naive Obama supporters, there is no magic answer to this very real problem. Oil is the only near future way to keep America running, we need to establish our independence by opening the opportunity to explore our areas offshore and in Anwar. Not to mention building efficient refineries, etc... I would guess less than 5% of cars around today were in existence the last time we built a new refinery.

    June 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Nicole in NE

    I am laughing at all these people saying they want results RIGHT now. It isn't going to happen, the oil companies are going to continue raising prices because THEY CAN.

    you want what you want when you want it and you refuse to change your own habits or adapt.

    Europe can do it, so can we. More public transportation and smaller cars – and help the environment at the same time.

    My husband & I are riding our bikes to work once a week now and to run errands close to work. That will save us almost $100 over 4 months (while it's nice out) Much more than the gas tax holiday would've done.

    People can change, they CHOSE not to!

    June 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Rick

    Once again Obama shows us what a laughable buffoon he is.

    June 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Joe

    Hey obama, will pay for the same unjust tax hikes you want to put on us...... I don't think so. Cap and trade only raises prices with no good end result. Dude go to school learn a few things then maybe in 20 years you will be smart enough to lead the country. It is about time Americans take back this corrupt country.Our so called leaders have lost the ablity to look at our best interests.Just let america provide for america. Importing oil is a Fools games. We have more oil and coal here than the middle east could hope for. Please america use your heads. Stop buying into thier crap. America used to be great. Lets take back power and make it that way again. After all, The government is supposed to work for us.

    June 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. California Gold

    It will be October and McCain will STILL be calling to suspend the federal gasoline tax over the summer, unless someone updates his teleprompters.

    June 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Wesite Looks like a hybrid pepsi / windows xp / allergy medicine website.

    June 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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