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McCain Speech Unlikely to Reflect True McCain Record on Energy
Minneapolis, MN: Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope on the evening John McCain delivers his nomination acceptance speech:
"Tonight John McCain will try to lay out a vision for America. While he was once willing to stand up to his own party, now that he is running for President he supports the same Bush policies and powerful special interests that put our economy in the grip of the oil companies."
"Perhaps to chants of 'drill baby drill', McCain will likely gloss over his former opposition to off-shore drilling and his own admonition that drilling will only bring 'psychological relief, and instead embrace the Bush plan to drill off protected American coasts despite the fact that America only sits on three percent of the world’s oil supply and drilling will only benefit Big Oil's bottom line."
"With the pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for his running mate, John McCain's race towards the Bush administration's failed energy and economic policy was complete. After reversing his position against off-shore drilling while raising oil money in Texas, one of the last remaining independent policies putting him at odds with Bush was his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He picked a running mate who has opposed holding Big Oil accountable and been dismissive of alternative energy and global warming while focusing her work on more oil drilling in a wildlife refuge and off of our coasts."
"His main proposals for addressing the energy crisis won’t have any real impact of gas prices for consumers, but will create real profits for Big Oil, nuclear and coal industries. A balanced energy proposal would include real commitment and investment to the clean energy technologies that will create millions of American jobs—yet despite his campaign rhetoric, McCain has failed time and again to support these common-sense solutions that would give our sagging economy the boost it sorely needs."
"Barack Obama will help America’s families cope with rising energy costs and tough times by changing our energy policies now. He has a sensible plan that will help families who are squeezed by high energy and gas prices, and he has a long term strategy that will move America off of oil. He will expand our energy options and invest in a clean energy future that will create good paying jobs that won’t be outsourced jobs that our nation so desperately needs."
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