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McCain Talks Energy in California

By Karl Vick

FRESNO, Calif. -- Sen. John McCain brought his energy campaign to the charmless acres of California's Central Valley today--the flat, hot expanses of industrial farms where motorists inured to the stink of fertilizer and manure have found cause for violent complaint with unleaded at $4.69 a gallon.

"My gas went from $180 a month to $450 a month," said a school teacher who commutes 50 miles each way to work, addressing the presumptive GOP nominee at a town hall meeting at California State University - Fresno. "I don't see an immediate answer to that. Do you?"

No, McCain replied, except perhaps for the notion of a "much derided" gas tax holiday that he and Sen. Hillary Clinton both embraced. But beyond the immediate, the Arizona Republican offered a brimming basket of ideas to nurse the country away from dependence on foreign oil, especially the quarter of petroleum imports that come from the Middle East and Venezuela, transactions that he said can amount to aiding our enemies. "There's a national security element in this."

Electric cars are the way of the future, McCain declared, and to underscore the point met reporters after the meeting beside a battery-powered Tesla Roadster. The sports car goes from zero to 60 in less than four seconds and produces zero tailpipe emissions, but retails for $100,000. The manufacturer compares it to cell phones that cost $2,000 in 1985.

"And now they're giving them away free," McCain pointed out. To hurry the process along, he proposed a $300 million incentive to any manufacturer who produces battery technology that leapfrogs the state of the art.

The candidate also proposed a $5,000 credit to any consumer who buys a zero-emission car, a "Clean Car Challenge" that would both broaden and simplify the maze of incentives offered to hybrid purchasers in the current tax code. "They're the handiwork of lobbyists, with all the inconsistency and irrationality that involves," McCain said.

McCain the Reformer found lavish grazing in the fields of energy policy. "Corn-based ethanol, thanks to the money and influence of lobbyists, has been a case study in the law of unintended consequences," he said. "Our government pays to subsidize corn-based ethanol even as it collects tariffs that prevent consumers from benefiting from other kinds of ethanol, such as sugarcane-based ethanol from Brazil. The result is that Americans take the financial hit coming and going. As taxpayers, we foot the bill for the enormous subsides paid to corn producers. And as consumers, we pay extra at the pump because of government barriers to cheaper products from abroad."

He drew contrasts with presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, who as a Senator from Illinois has promoted ethanol on behalf of downstate farmers, and noted that he also differs with Obama on nuclear power. McCain says we should be building nuclear plants again, as yet one more alternative to oil imports.

"Hydrogen is one of the future sources of energy in America," he added. "It's clean. It's good. But there's a lot of challenges. That's why we've got to let a thousand flowers blossom: Wind, tide, solar..."

McCain said the urgency of it all prompted him to reverse his position on off-shore drilling, last week calling for an end to a federal moratorium that is grounded in environmental concerns. He emphasized that drilling decisions should be left to states, but in answer to a question said he remains skeptical that drilling can be done safely in the "pristine" Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (commonly called ANWR), even though Alaskans overwhelmingly favor drilling there.

"Is the California coast any less pristine?" a reporter asked, invoking the 1969 spill off Santa Barbara, where McCain travels next.

"First of all it's called the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for a reason: it's a refuge," the candidate replied. Furthermore, he said, technological improvements over the decades allowed offshore rigs to survive intact despite onslaughts as strong as Hurricane Katrina.

"When gas is $4 a gallon or higher, we have to take steps."

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 23, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain  
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I find all this amusing, when California has already made agressive moves in the past, only to be sued by Bush Co. in order to continue on with the 60's muscle car mentality, while throwing in the monster trucks and SUVs for a bonus. GM had already designed a successful Electric vehicle through their Saturn Division, Called the EV-1, which was rapidly killed off by Bush Co. and his Big Oil boys. McCain is very aware of all this as he's from Arizona and the only places this car was released in was California and Arizona.
The reason this car was killed off was because it was totally independant from the Big Oil boys. Now McCain wants to drill more oil?...Do the math people; we need to get over our oil jones and the sooner the better or chaos will surely reign in the not too distant future. McCain is nothing but more of same. He is Bush Lite. We need change, not more of same.

Posted by: Dave in AZ | June 26, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Norm,

you are 100% correct primaries are key and have lousy turn outs...another way for people to say Hey it isnt my fault I didnt vote!. Now that being said look at the election for our overwhelmingly Democratic congress and house that everyone wanted....and what has the do nothing congress done since taking over? Not a damn thing! Rediculous bills that they knew darn well Bush was not going to allow but they wasted our taxdollars to do it? Have you seen the customer satisfaction polls on our congress? People need to remember it is congress that rights the bills and laws not the president, they want better gas prices, to regulate, they need to write it up, notice that hasn't been done. craziness Norm I swear. Now I am a conservative I voted for Bush, I support him I will support Mccain because Though not the best Republican candidate he still has values that are close to mine and he has experience...the question is will others vote? or will they just complain when Mccain gets elected......go to the polls my fellow americans...dont complain if you dont vote

Posted by: Malaki33 | June 26, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Malaki33

You are correct, the fault of all of this lies with the american people. Our government has created a big mess, but the american people are responsible for the government and the condition it is in. So long as we continue to allow politicians to make a "career" out of being a politician we will continue to have these problems. Once we realize we need to put term limits on the legislature and supreme court also to force real turnover then we will continue as we are and simply add to the things we have to complain about. The greatest being ourselves for continuing to vote the same face to office. Primaries are the most important vote one can cast because it allows us to literally change the face of our government. Sadly no one shoes up for primaries so the same incumbents get into office over and over. We have certainly lost our sense of personal responsibility. we have some how decided someone else is responsible for our actions, our safety, everything. When in truth we are responsible, we make the decisions that land us where we are.

Posted by: Norm | June 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Norm,

First let me thank you for having an intelligent discussion with me instead of the unintelligent posts I have read here that are fueld by emotion's and not brains. In response to your comments let me first say that I am all for drilling our coast lines and agree with you 100%. The point I was trying to make is that I am so tired of watching so many of us blame The government, or the oil companies and refuse to take any kind of responsibility for this fues problem. I mean we dug our own grave here dont you think? You are right the american people do want to have the freedom to do what they want, drive what they want, and buy what they want, but unfortunatly that has a cost that they refuse to accept. I own a boat (4.59 per gallon) at the marina. As the result me and other boaters have boatpool on our fishing trips to be able to afford to go and we do it willingly and don't complain. Some of my frieds drive big trucks, but they don't complain...the don't complain because they realize having these things costs and unfortunatly cost alot, we don't blame anyone but ourselves. We are Never going to have any politician regulate the oil companies people need to accept that and help make there everyday lives affordable (electric and natural gas is on the rise now as well), so I guess I have to set my thermostat at 74 instead of 70 in the summer to continue my lifestyle, I had a large SUV with 8 cylinders too, but had to go to a four cyl. SUV in order to keep my own lifestyle, seems to many of us refuse to adjust and just complain all the time to be honest I am tired of hearing it. We need viable soulutions my fellow Americans, not just a list of problems.

Posted by: Malaki33 | June 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately we are not Europe where the public transportation systems are massively developed due to multiple world wars. It would take decades and trillions of dollars to bring our public transport up to something that would only partly resemble what europe now has let alone what we would need by the time the project was finished. Public transportation is draining taxes all across the country with no real impact on travel and communities keep trying to say it will save money. Instead it costs in EVERY application hundreds of millions more just to build let alone maintain than it is ever projected or estimated to be.

In truth americans want the freedom of a car, to decide when and where to go and change their mind half way there if they want to. They don't want to be stuck on someone elses schedule. More roads, less restriction on gas refining (the summer EPA mix requirements are ridiculous), more supply, more refineries. If in 1981 we would have been allowed to drill our own resources, (and they are saying it will take 10 to 20 yrs for it to really come on line which I don't buy, technology has greatly advanced since then) then we wouldn't be having this discussion right now with such urgency. China in partnership with Cuba is currently in process of drilling within 50 miles of the florida coast line. The longer we wait the less we will get, who would you rather have drilling off our coast, our own rigs with our own american employees running them making a living, or cuba and china? Cause all the bans in congress are not going to stop cuba and china from drilling oil we've just let sit for 30 yrs.

Posted by: Norm | June 25, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Folks, I sit here and read all these comments about Big oil, about Mccain, the States etc. But the real people to blame for this oil problem are we the american people. We caused this dependency. It started in the 50's big cars (the bigger the better, but they require 8 cylinders), then the 60's muscle cars the faster the better (wasnt the speed limit 55 back then? ohh and 8 cylinders again) then the 70's and huge cars (cady's, those huge station wagons that were 15 feet long, 8 cylinders again), then it was the huge dodge trucks in the 80's 10 cylinders?), how about the 90's SUV boom 8 cylinders again), then the 2000's, anyone tell me why a family of 3 needs a humongous suv that seats 8 people, i.e. suburbun, expedition, seqouia...excuse the spelling please). We americans believe the bigger the better we dug our own grave, we reap what we sow....Ethanol is not the answer I like to eat corn and last year 35% of the corn crop went to produce ethanol...this year expected 42%...dont you all want to eat corn? We won't have any to eat if we keep this up. Cars that run on water, great concept but give it 30 years and we wont have water to drink. Europe has been paying 2 to 3 dollars a liter! for years, how do they suppliment? smaller cars, unbeliveable public transportation....Public transportation is where we need to be investing! This is where we will forgo the dependency on oil! Bottom line up front folks..this is our fault not the oil companies, not the government....on a side note Honda just released hydrogen run vehicles for lease in southern california (where they actually have hydrogen filling stations) soon there will be H filling stations throughout the US, but you know what? Even when that occurs Americans like you and me will still want there huge trucks and SUV's weather they have a foily of 2 or not, we like it big...I myself drive 4 cylinder vehicles and will continue to do so. Consider this, charge a luxury tax to those who drive trucks and SUV's when they are not used for large families or work..watch our deficit decrease!. Also stop shopping at Walmart keep our money in the US!! 2 out of every 3 american dollars ends up overseas...support American Made! Support your local Small buisness's! and suport our military!

Posted by: Malaki33 | June 25, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

1981 DEMOCRAT party not GOP, BANNED oil exploration. paying higher prices for your gas now... thank your local Socialist democrats for the dent in your monthly budget. Oh and again... Big oil is making a dime of profit per gallon of gas. The Federal DEMOCRAT LED GOVERNMENT is making 18 cents per gallon. Nearly twice the profit of the BIG OIL companies. This doesn't include the state tax on gas for your state. Stop whining about a business who is only making a Dime off every gallon you pump and start looking at the truth for a change. The government is soaking us on taxes and won't even consider reducing or cutting the tax to alleviate our burden.

Posted by: Norm | June 24, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Next time you fill up your car, know that the GOP is laughing at you, and thanking you for the donation.

Posted by: Sally | June 24, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Terrorists love our Oil addiction:

1. It makes them and their good ol boys richer via oil profits.

2. Oil is used as a object of fear (higher oil prices) to scare us in to more oil wars.

3. The wars also make their good ol boys richer via the "Defense Industry".

4. The wars raise the price of oil, and help increase their blood profits.

5. The wars increase terrorism, and help justify more wars, and more blood profits.

Posted by: Franky | June 24, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Karl Vick is not required to follow the comment rules I must abide by when making this comment. If he wants to criticize the landscape and people of the central valley of California, then he doesn't need to eat the food that is produced there for the entire nation.

Posted by: California Lori | June 24, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

You knuckleheads do realise that Exxon is a "Global" company and last year made 10.5 Cents per gallon of Gasoline in profit. Their expenditures world wide are over $300 billion. So, if you make them give you gas for no profit (good luck with that, companies are in business to make money, that is their purpose), you will pay only $4.20/gallon instead of $4.30/gallon. REAL BIG SAVINGS THERE WOOHOO... (sarcasm in case you don't get it) Where if your state and federal taxes, if they were cut in half would reduce the price by, well in the case of NC almost 50cents/gallon. We need to drill more of our own oil. Oil companies that don't have enough oil they drill here have to buy and pay to have oil shipped from elsewhere and right now... lets see, at 40 gallons/barrel, $120/barrel of oil (it's higher now but just for instance), that comes out to $3 per gallon. If you are going to lay BLAME on anyone it should be the DEMOCRAT party who has BANNED us from exploring and using OUR OWN OIL!! 1981, the Democrat majority legislature BANNED (most of the senior democrats in our congress were also there for the initial BAN) all oil exploration off our coasts. At the same time they created such bureaucratic mess of red tape for any other oil exploration on land. NO NEW refineries have been APPROVED since before even the BAN in 1981. All of our refineries are over 30yrs old. The energy crisis we are in now are a DIRECT result of the Democrat party preventing us through the shield of tree hugging environmentalists from drilling our own oil, building our own factories, and even building our own nuclear power plants. So before you go bashing EXXON and BIG OIL, remember they make roughly a dime/ gallon, the government makes more/gallon on taxes, and our LACK of resources is due to a DEMOCRAT BAN in 1981. READ your HISTORY!!! The uneducated mass of america is frightening, especially when it isn't rocket science.

Posted by: Norm | June 24, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

McCain should follow Obama's lead and work to close the Enron loophole, which is largely responsible for $4+ a gallon gasoline.

He won't, though, as Phil "economy destroyer" Gramm is running the McCain Double Talk Express.

McCain: Less jobs, more war.

Posted by: FC | June 24, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I believe the solution for our eternal energy problems is to drill more holes in seals' heads in order to harvest the oil they are hiding from us. If you elect me as your next president, we together can make Exxon much wealthier which will benefit us all. God Bless Exxon and the GOP!

Posted by: John McCain | June 23, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey - does anybody know what time Comedy Central is replaying his talk? I hate that I missed it. I'm sure it was good for a few yucks!!

I haven't quite decided if I'm completely offended by his condescending tone (considering what McCain knows and comprehends about economics could be applied to the head of a pin) - to be honest, I haven't been able to stay awake long enough to formulate an opinion. Do his horrible speaking skills sound grate on anyone as bad as they do me? Hey John, if there's one of us ridin' the short bus these days, it's you. Quit talkin' to us like we're all as stupid as you are. You may be a war hero, but you're a horrible presidential candidate. You're tracking to be an even weaker president than bush - and good lord, our country just can't take another C- student. I'm votin' for brains - Obama 08!!

Posted by: Not fooled by the gop | June 23, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's McCain's $300M (been paid him from Bush/Cheney's family, friends, etc.) and not "ours". Only if a domestic terrorist attack hits here before November (according to Charlie Black, McCain senior aide) -- McCain's a shoe in. Where are the Republican incentives for alternatives (then and) now -- nowhere, they are oil men! What is important to the Republican party -- money, hand over foot, no matter the crime.

Posted by: enuff poli-ticks | June 23, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

With all the weekly political buzz-words put aside, can anyone explain why McCains proposed energy policy will not work? Nuclear energy has been the closest thing to a solution for our energy needs for years, but political activists (none of whom were members of the GOP) had that cut down. And exactly how efficient could ethanol be, even with the infrastructure fully developed? Not to mention the poor performance of ethanol engines in cold weather. It is quite unfortunate we must play catch-up at such a late hour, but I am sure McCain is not responsible for the entire range of this coutry's poor energy decisions. No amount of immature name calling (ex; McCan't, McSame, ineffectual fumbler) will change that.

Posted by: Cameron | June 23, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to propose people make the Dimocrat Base push your Car/Truck for their daily Beer Fix, instead of just giving them a Dollar for just begging at the Intersections.

That would be the First time any Dimocrats did anything to HELP the Energy shortage!

Maybe we should begin equipping new vehicles with Harnesses to help! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 23, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The dunderheaded refrain, "drill for more oil" is not a long-term solution and is not even a short-term one.

Oil is a finite resource, and in the time it takes to extract and refine the oil from an untapped field (in the amount required to actually affect the market in any way), we could be advancing R&D for alternate sources and offering credits to people who implement those sources.

Moreover, in that same amount of time China becomes more developed and even more dependent on oil, their demand driving the costs even higher.

Saying oil is a strategic/security issue is true in a way, but FREEDOM FROM oil dependence is a much greater security issue.

Posted by: Piter | June 23, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Gee, you go to Stanford, get a fellowship there, and that's the nicest thing that you can say about the breadbasket of the world--the area that feeds that nation, California's southern San Joaquin Valley? Certainly, it's got to be at least par with some of the places you've covered--Istanbul, Nairobi, Baghdad--not to mention your home state of Minnesota.

http://knight.stanford.edu/fellows/2007/vick/

Posted by: Homesick | June 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

OMG the WaPo is ready to canonize St. John. Wow -- look, Johnny has an energy idea!! Hey, he's gonna run a battery sweepstakes. Isn't he a hero??? Could you be any more in the tank for this neocon apologist flip flopper??? There is no recognition of how his and the Bush administration's failure of energy policy (coming from the oil patch guy, no less) and horrendous Iraq policy (both in destabilizing supply and in ratcheting up military petrol use beyond the stratosphere) have played into the gasoline crisis. Oh, and as already mentioned, you might also want to look at the effect of the tanking dollar on all this -- an effect of the disastrous Bush/McCain economic policies. Amazing -- but here in the Post this sounds like Johnny's about to win a Nobel prize. Oh, I guess not -- that's the Democrats who have ideas of real consequence.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | June 23, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Why does the article fail to mention Bush's 6 year legal challenge of California's zero emission vehicle program?

Republicans believe in nothing but oil!

Posted by: Don | June 23, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Jim is a typical Republican. he believes that the only energy source for now and for the future is oil oil oil. If you don't let the Republicans drill more oil in the heads of seals, he's going to blame everything on you. He is unaware of alternative energy, and the fact that the rest of the world is developing new, cleaner sources of energy. His biggest fear is that America follows that path too. Jim loves oil, he mixes it in his coffee every morning, and he has no eyes for anything that doesn't make Exxon richer and richer.

Posted by: Joe | June 23, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA - MCSAME - who's going to foot the 300 Million, you, your wife or us taxpayers. Crawl back into your shell you aged old turtle.

Bob Barr 08

Posted by: latinovoter | June 23, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Next time you fill up your car, remember that Bill Clinton vetoed legislation in 1995 that would have allowed oil development in a small portion of ANWR. Had he not done that, the oil would be here today and the price you pay would be lower.

Posted by: Jim | June 23, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Check out whyobama08.org!

Posted by: G Green | June 23, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

If fossil fuels had been increasingly taxed over the last 20 years, with the proceeds going to increased spending on rail and alternative energy, there would be no shock and American gas dollars wouldn't be funding Wahabi extremist, Saudi-sponsered Madrassas all over the world.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 23, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his Oil Terrorists should move to Saudi with the Bush criminals and their Saudi masters.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Drill every where I live in the MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY it will not be my slick

Posted by: birds and fish dont count | June 23, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

if anyone thinks we were stupid,fooled misinformed for going into iraq. wait and see if mcsame is elected and we go into iran for israel.

Posted by: americanvoter | June 23, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

strengthen the dollar..oil is pegged to the dollar..just comes to show you in the last 8 years how much less our money is worth..and bush and mccains response..well were able to export a lot more..we are as well off then.. as a 3rd world country..if our dollar is worth the same as these countries.

Posted by: john | June 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

batteries for cars is already becoming obsolete..Stan Meyer an American years ago had developed cars that can run on water..patent offices are purposely delaying these patents for bush,mccain and the oil companies.open the national reserves..bush and mccain do not want to do this..stop all speculation in oil futures..china just increased fuel 18% last week..it took 18 months to get them to do this..far from market price..plenty of leased land oil companies could be drilling on now..why haven't they..to keep prices high

Posted by: tom | June 23, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I wish McCain would talk about the Oil Speculators and Institutional Investors driving up oil prices.

I wish that he would talk about how much the $US has plunged in value and the role that plays.

I wish that he would talk about the "Enron Loophole"

Posted by: Jim | June 23, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

you know that something is wrong when these corporations have power over people. another thing that i think is that we had a revolution over the unfair increase of the tax from the east india tea corp.

Posted by: fred falconer | June 23, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol !!!
---New York Times, 23 June 2008

Posted by: conservaflip | June 23, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Nuclear Power, Wind turbines, and solar Power are the answers. We Produce 15 million cars a year. If we had produced 15 million wind turbines a year since the Iraq war, we would not be needing Middle East oil today. How dumb we americans are.
and now, America oil compnies are invited into Iraq to do the bidding. And we believed we were threatened by Saddam, that we have to bring democracy to the Middle East. hahahaaaaaaa how dumb we are it is so funny...

Posted by: Ara | June 23, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no credibility when it comes to Energy. His people are responsible for the Enron Loophole that has caused gas to be so high. Lindsey Graham is the culprit and now works for McCain!

People, the straight talk express has been derailed, sold at auction, and now carries a payload of mistruths and neocon ideology. Whatever it takes to get elected.

Far and wide, McCain is growingly being recognized as a very different candidate than ever before. He is now Bush's buddy now and wants to keep the tax cuts for the rich and give oil companies tax breaks!

Just Say NO to McSame

Posted by: Mike in Sac | June 23, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

70% OF ALL TRADING IN OIL IS FROM SPECULATION..PEOPLE WHO DO NOT PLAN ON TAKING DELIVERY OF THE OIL THEY ARE BIDDING ON..SPECULATION..ANOTHER GAS HOLIDAY BY MCCAIN..WHY DID MCCAIN THE OTHER DAY GIVE HIS OFF SHORE FLIP FLOP SPEECH IN TEXAS TO OIL BARRONS. JAPAN JUST TEST DROVE A CAR LAST WEEK THAT GETS 90 MILES ON 1 LITER OF WATER..TECHNOGY INVENTED BY AN AMERICAN..AGAIN

Posted by: TOM | June 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

How did America get to a choice between an outright Marxist empty suit and an ineffectual fumbler?

Posted by: What | June 23, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"When gas is $4 a gallon or higher, we have to take steps."

How bout you figure out how or why you ended up with that...

...and dont blame supply... its oil market is the new real estate market, same factors driving it up.... give it three - five years and the congress will conduct a study and then McBush will offer a stim check,,,

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks; we love your area too. The stink arising from the District of Columbia stretches across the entire country.

Posted by: pdogood | June 23, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

McCan't Do Anything. Geez, what gall for a man to promise $300 million for a battery breakthrough. Oh yeah big guy, you think that a private company wouldn't have already invested in that search yet? What about Toyota...they must be so happy that you finally got cornered and put up a bounty for a prize that should have been given away every year for the last eight years. Clinton did not do much better, but when faced with a crisis, man, you are slow as tar...that's right, tar.

Posted by: taoest | June 23, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Way to go John. At least someone's finally talking straight about ethanol. Ask Stephanie Herseth of SD. She used flex fuel vehicles in her democratic campaign and got so disgusted she changed her position over the poor mileage ethanol provides. Obama better change his tune quick, or he's going to be standing in a corn field while John is sitting in the White House.

Posted by: Kim | June 23, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The next president will have difficult challenges to address and both canidates I believe will propose very similar energy policies, nature doesn't care if you are republican or democrat, the same laws apply to everyone equally at all times. Hence most energy solutions will be quite simliar.

Posted by: Bill P. | June 23, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Over the past few days, two fundraising items have attracted attention: (1) Obama and McCain raising roughly the same amount of money in May and (2) the RNC's continued financial dominance over the DNC. Democrats should not be worried about the first news. In fact, it is the second story that could prove more problematic -- though it confirms that the Illinois Senator's decision to free himself from spending limits was strategically necessary.

Full explanation: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/06/may-fundraising-obama-and-mccain-raise.html

Posted by: Dan | June 23, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry...McCain's $300 million battery gonna save the day. Right after Bush sends a man to the planet Mars.

Posted by: Playa | June 23, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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