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

Obama launches new website focused on energy policy

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(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. ginger

    Once again Obama shows how brilliant he is.

    June 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Laidetea

    This plan is great. I didn't see a site from McCain's camp yet. I guess he can't figure out where the "enter" button is. McCain's plans are flawed and must be deleted.

    June 25, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. gerry

    OK, so who's going to volunteer to help John McCain find this site and read it. Or will Cindy just sit him down in his rocking chair and read it all to him?

    June 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. From a True Democrat

    This is what a real leader will do for our country. Go Obama go!!
    I love it.

    Obama 08

    June 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. smokesignals


    NANOSOLAR is the future right now and if the candidates, either one of them, is serious about getting America free of it's oil dependence and cleaning up the environment, they better sink their energy, so to speak, into new, cutting edge technologies that can do it safely!

    June 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Ken

    If it's proven that a diesel car can run off used canola oil, I repeat Used Canola oil think McDonald's used canola oil thrown away in a year, why grow food to use as transport energy.

    June 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. paul

    I am tired of listening to Obama. Of late, he has started to come off as arrogant, as well as his staff. Instead of talking like the politician of old, knocking down your opponent so the words you use to talk about yourself sound grand, Mr Obama, why not change. Why not JUST talk about what you will do, allow me and millions of others to listen to McCain talk about what he will do and then make our decisions.

    You still have to win me over. I am not alone in this. Be the candidate of change. Be the candidate that will not knock but will show the world that we can all work together. At the end of this race whether you win or not you will have to look McCain in the face and work with him. How can you after you say so many of his decisions and policies are bad and ill-conceived. I can understand McCain doing it but he never said he was the candidate of change, you did!

    June 25, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Green Me Up, Scotty

    I love the new plan and I'm gearing up for a GREEN FUTURE.

    2008, I just can't wait.

    June 25, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Steve

    Do you people actually read real stuff, or have kneejerk reactions to what CNN says?

    Obama has one of the best energy plans anyone has ever put forward. It probably scares the crap out of Republicans and big oil companies because of how quickly this country could get off oil. They'll probably find a way to charge you for sunlight and wind, though. 😛

    McCain and the Republicans are only offering you more of the same crap that got us $4 gas and oil over $130 a barrel.

    June 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Rick Ain't Right


    I hate to point out the obvious, but your mother had the buffoon.

    Obama 08

    June 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Sorry Rick

    Buffoon? Oh Rick, you must be looking in the mirror again.

    June 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Hispanic For McCain


    June 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    If the worst should happen I will get no solace from Obama in the White House, but I will certainly enjoy seeing tens of millions of Americans eager to toss him out of office in 2012 after they've had four years of energy shortages and extraordinarily high prices from his naive and foolish policies. He may get the 2012 votes of those who owe him for their "green" bureaucratic jobs" but he'll lose the votes of everyone who gets stuck paying the bills with nothing to show for it in return.

    Of course, Obama may have invented a perpetual motion machine – but I doubt it. Then again, his supporters believe he can turn water into wine, so perhaps he can turn vapid speeches into a new source of energy!

    June 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. SA in OO

    There are things we can do to make the transition to a more energy efficient sustainable society. Some, like simple conservation, will have immediate benefits. Others, like the development of viable alternative energy sources, will take longer.

    The real impediments to making the changes we need to make as a society aren’t technical. They are educational and social. People first need to understand that the decline of oil will have an impact on every aspect of the way we live. It already is. And secondly – and this will be the hardest part – we have to accept the fact that we simply can’t continue to live as we do.

    Not long ago Dick Cheney pronounced with great fervor that “changing our lifestyle isn’t an option.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who applauded his comment. The only real choice we have is whether we will go kicking a screaming into the second half of the fossil fuel era, or whether we will do so with a comprehensive plan and a commitment that reaching a sustainable energy future is a global imperative. IF we continue to think that our energy security is predicated on getting the last drops of oil out from under other peoples lands, we are doomed. We will squander the opportunity that we still have to make the transition to a sustainable future fighting wars over who gets to turn the lights out at the end of civilization as we know it.

    June 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. chuck

    Go to the web site and click on the video. If you were unsure about this candidate before, you won't be after watching. Obama is the real deal.

    June 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Sue

    You people don't know what you are talking about. Cap and trade system is not intended to solve the energy crisis. It is to fight global warming, and the only other solution would be a carbon tax. Neither are meant to help consumers but to limit emissions. If you don't believe in or care about global warming or its effects, then you're better off really... but don't bring this into energy politics.
    The problem with energy (and high gas prices) is three fold: 1. world demand is increasing; 2. a lot of oil producers and consumers wish to switch from using dollars to euros as oil currency (Russia, Venezuela, Kuweit or they already did: Iran, together – 25% of world oil production!); 3. low investment rates (to stimulate the US economy) encourage oil speculation but more importantly negatively affect dollar standing as international currency in the world. You have to have dollars to be able to buy oil. If oil trade is switched to another currency, you could still use dollars for high investment returns provided investment rates are reasonable. If neither works dollars are trash, which can become a serious problem considering that half to 2/3 of all dollar money in circulation is outside the US. By the way Saddam Hussein switched Iraq's oil trade to euros and got the war... Iran is doing 80% of its oil exports in euros now... anybody? But I digress.
    The ways out of the crisis are uncertain. Maybe to somehow stimulate economic growth, stabilize markets, to convince the world to keep using dollars as oil currency (right, lets shake up the Middle East again Mr McCain, bully everybody into liking dollars). The perfect solution would be a switch to alternative energies which McCains wants and Obama promises. If only it was that simple. US off-shore drilling is not going to affect world prices in any noticeable way. Gas holidays are silly. Prizes for fuel efficient cars have been already offered. They will go to a big corporation such as GM, not an 'individual' who we are kidding. Nuclear energy might have a chance. Under any scenario oil prices are not going down significantly... ever. At least Obama has decency (or aide's smarts) to acknowledge that.

    June 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Obama's brilliant! The nay sayers are just jealous that the nation is excited about someone who is pandering, who thinks, who tells the truth....... though some of you wont believe it.

    I would love to ask McCain & his supporters a few important questions:






    June 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    Nader is speaking the truth. That's why you're all appalled. The Emperor has no clothes. Are you all so silly as to believe Obama's not playing on white guilt in America of all places? Where do YOU live???

    And black voters, don't hold your breath for help with issues facing urban America and YOU. You all were thrown under the bus all through the primaries, and you fell for it! Bill Clinton was the best thing that ever happened to you, as you will learn starting in January, 2009.

    Nader doesn't expect to be elected. Unlike Obama, Ralph has nothing to lose here, that's why he can afford to speak truth. Don't forget you're only hearing from rabid party supporters until November.

    June 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    John Mcbush has voted against EVERY energy efficiency policy since he has been in office, over 30 yrs. Believe me people he could care less about energy, conservation or the environment. He is just jumping on Obama's bandwagon. Mcbush will drop these issues if he is elected. Look at his voting record and see for yourself! BTW Obama has a comprehensive energy plan on his website. Check it out.

    June 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Does it bother any of you Obama supporters that Obama supports ethanol (that drives up food prices and takes more energy to produce than you get out of it when you burn it) b/c he takes money from ethanol lobbyists? The man is against safe zero emitting nuclear energy, won't let us drill in our own country, and is for more coal...the same coal that is mined in his home state hmmm. McCain while not perfect in his energy voting record, is clearly superior to Obama for at least this independent voter.

    June 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Rational1

    Ms. Smith, the energy policy is on the old webpage as soon as you pull it up. Just click on it.

    June 25, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. john williams san diego, ca.

    one thing you green loons can claim is that you're not against drilling, you leftists are just against drilling where the oil and natural gas are.

    June 25, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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