McCain Goes 'Global' While Sierra Club Hits Back
John McCain has started airing an ad that outlines some of his environmental proposals. Meanwhile, a leading environmental group has begun slamming him over those same ideas.
McCain's ad "Global" will air on national cable stations, and in key battleground states:
John McCain stood up to the President and sounded the alarm on global warming ... five years ago. Today, he has a realistic plan that will curb greenhouse gas emissions. A plan that will help grow our economy and protect our environment. Reform. Prosperity. Peace. John McCain.
The ad does not mention McCain's new opposition to the ban on off-shore oil drilling. As The Post reports today, the candidate's stance is drawing fire from environmental groups.
"The move is aimed at easing voter anger over rising energy prices by freeing states to open vast stretches of the country's coastline to oil exploration," says the story in the Post.
In the meantime, the Sierra Club started airing a new radio ad in Ohio on Monday that is critical of McCain's environmental record:
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.
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.
"We will we'll be engaged in all kinds of tactics throughout the summer, and we will definitely be doing more advertising," said Sierra Club national spokesman David Willett. The group's advertising efforts will also be focused on passage of a major Senate energy bill that failed in the Senate last week.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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