Saturday, August 16, 2008

Debunking McCain's supposed environmentalist stance

I am sure by now that you have been feed the line that McCain is better than Bush because he at least acknowledges that our dependence on oil is a problem for both our environment and our economy. You may have even bitten the hook of his all of the above energy policy which emphasizes the need for off-shore drilling, but did you know that the other options he supposedly supports have gotten a little neglect from the "Environmental Republican"?

Excerpted from The New York Times:
John McCain recently tried to underscore his seriousness about pushing through a new energy policy, with a strong focus on more drilling for oil, by telling a motorcycle convention that Congress needed to come back from vacation immediately and do something about America’s energy crisis. “Tell them to come back and get to work!” McCain bellowed.

Sorry, but I can’t let that one go by. McCain knows why.

It was only five days earlier, on July 30, that the Senate was voting for the eighth time in the past year on a broad, vitally important bill — S. 3335 — that would have extended the investment tax credits for installing solar energy and the production tax credits for building wind turbines and other energy-efficiency systems.

Both the wind and solar industries depend on these credits — which expire in December — to scale their businesses and become competitive with coal, oil and natural gas. Unlike offshore drilling, these credits could have an immediate impact on America’s energy profile.

Senator McCain did not show up for the crucial vote on July 30, and the renewable energy bill was defeated for the eighth time. In fact, John McCain has a perfect record on this renewable energy legislation. He has missed all eight votes over the last year — which effectively counts as a no vote each time. Once, he was even in the Senate and wouldn’t leave his office to vote.

Hey Obama, if you want to win, you might want to bring this up.

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