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By Ed O'Keefe
Environmental issues are emerging as the latest front in the budding 2008 general election ad wars. While John McCain today announced an ad pitching battleground state audiences on some of his environmental proposals, the Sierra Club is hitting him on the radio in Ohio for those same ideas.

"John McCain is running ads that feature windmills. And truth is, windmills, and the clean energy and jobs they generate have a large role to play in Ohio's future. But, not because of anything John McCain has done," the ad says. "Fact is, John McCain opposes requiring the use of more wind and solar power to generate electricity. He's argued against incentives for the clean energy industry, while demanding billions in subsidies for nuclear power, and refusing to impose windfall profits taxes on big oil."

Sierra Club political director Cathy Duvall tells The Post that McCain "is using the environment as a way to portray himself as being different from George Bush. But the reality is that he isn't."

The radio spot is airing through the rest of this week in the Cleveland, Canton, Youngstown and Toledo markets, according to Sierra Club spokesman David Willett.

"We will be engaged in all kinds of tactics throughout the summer, and we will definitely be doing more advertising," Willett said. The group's advertising efforts will also be focused on passage of a major Senate energy bill that failed in the Senate last week.

"We think that his votes should match his rhetoric," Willett said of McCain. "And there's going to be more opportunities to vote on clean energy this year, and his vote could be a deciding vote."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 17, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
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