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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:

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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

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 17, 2008; 1:55 PM ET Ad Watch , John McCain
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I feel that McCain and other should be held accountable for the foot dragging and diversion we've seen in the Republican (mostly) Congress that has sequestered solar and wind technology development in favor of committing the lions share of resources to fossil fuel R&D. Then the Republicans promoted this bogus hydrogen economy distraction and stall agenda.
We will mostly be driving electric powered vehicles within a few years and will require a robust grid, home charging (solar and wind).
Apparently "solar" is an icon for the counterculture and our resident culture warriors, who are still trying to win Vietnam in Iraq and pump gas into retro-muscle/status gas guzzlers can't let go of the past.

Posted by: Rich Rosenthal | June 18, 2008 1:21 AM

Eight years ago I, a moderate Republican, voted for George Bush. His ads made him seem like moderation personified. But if you think back, his moderate mode stopped the day he stepped foot in the oval office. From that point on, the far right became the heart and soul of his administration

Here in New Mexico, a state John McCain recognizes as a swing state, we see him on our TVs quite often. He's doing just as Bush did, he's coming across as a mild mannered moderate. This Global ad stands as a good example. Fool me once ...

Thank God there's an organization out there this time refuting the baloney. Thank you Sierra Club (amazing .. who'd have ever thought this Republican would be thanking that overly liberal bunch of activists).

Posted by: Ken Jr. | June 18, 2008 1:51 AM

Again it becomes apparent that the far left enviro lobby would allow us nothing to do with oil at any price. They would have us wait and depend on future technologies that would likely bankrupt this country while we wait rather than use available fossil fuels that would add to their concept of "global warming"! Obama is backing this lunacy at our expense and we will no doubt be paying $5. plus a gallon under an Obama administration until all these "clean" techs feasibily come online. Balance, balance, balance people. If the dem's are wrong they will cripple the US economy and the world economy as well! Basing our economic future on Obama's idea of selling global emissions credits and unconfirmed "global" science is is like betting our lives on a roll of "loaded" dice !

Posted by: thinker334 | June 18, 2008 2:41 AM

McCain is getting attacked by his opponents for his stand on drilling now. Obama says new drilling wouldn't come online for 5 years. Harry Reid says any new oil would only drop the gas prices by one penny. And the dem's insist that speculators need to be re-regulated because of their influence on current prices. Yet, it has been stated that If/When new domestic drilling is approved, speculators will run for financial cover and the price of oil could drop by $30-50. a barrel. And that is BEFORE any new oil comes online. Gas could be at $2-3. a gallon on that occurrence. All the current economic stress and fear would be alleviated at once with a vote like that. What ARE we waiting for? Congress, ACT NOW!

Posted by: thinker334 | June 18, 2008 2:58 AM

thinker334 says "balance?" We had a gas crisis in '73. And for some very strange reasons, we have stayed with oil since. We are draining this planet. We hardly have touched on other fuels. Please tell me where the balance is and how long it's been there. What am I missing? More drilling is certainly not balance either. It's finite, thinker334, and the world is growing very quickly!

Posted by: Claude | June 18, 2008 2:59 AM

Stabilizing the unstable radioactive waste--an overlooked Environmental imperative.

The Gulf of Mexico has more oil that Saudi Arabia. Russia is going to drill off shore in Alaska even if we don't.

Cows fart more greenhouse gas than the private auto-->Go green eat vegies

Sierra Club = silly ecology

The Universe is full of Free Energy we just need to tap in.

Posted by: Bear Truth | June 18, 2008 3:02 AM

Stabilizing the unstable radioactive waste--an overlooked Environmental imperative.

The Gulf of Mexico has more oil that Saudi Arabia. Russia is going to drill off shore in Alaska even if we don't.

Cows fart more greenhouse gas than the private auto-->Go green eat vegies

Sierra Club = silly ecology

The Universe is full of Free Energy we just need to tap in.

Posted by: Bear Truth | June 18, 2008 3:05 AM

The battle here is between the smug and arrogant enviromental elitists on one side and consumers and believers in freedom on the other. The Boxer-Warner-Lieberman cap and trade bill was both the largest tax increase and biggest government power grab in American history. It would have cost comsumers a bundle. The current President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has a book out that puts it all in perspective, entitled ''Blue Planet in Green Shackles'' in which he portrays the organized enviromental movement as a budding totalitarian ideology that has strong paralells to the Communism that President Klaus grew up under, and is the greatest threat to freedom, democracy, adn prosperity in the world today.

Posted by: Aristotle | June 18, 2008 4:33 AM

With the thousands of birds that are killed by windmills, the Sierra Club is exposing itself as a political organization rather than an enviromental one by running an ad endorsing windmills.
These big government enviromental types are very selective in their notions of ecology.

Posted by: bird lover | June 18, 2008 5:13 AM

it's sad so many think we can just drill our way to cheap oil. It just ain't there to meet the growing global demand. China alone can suck up all new oil fields in the next 20 years, let alone India and the rest of the world. Republicans need to wake up and stop the B.S.

Posted by: miked | June 18, 2008 5:13 AM

We also needs substitutes for oil. Nuclear plays a role in that for electricity generation. So does coal. Coal to diesel technology is already proven for decades, and existing technology can produce diesel from coal at $35 a barrel. The German Wehrmecht largely ran on coal-derived diesel in the last part of WWII. The US Air Force recently successfully fles a modified B-52 on coal-derived jet fuel. The US is the Saudi Arabia of coal. We have lots of the stuff and we need to make more use of it as a substitute for oil.

We also need to drill for all of the oil we can. Increasing the supply will cut prices. We need to shove aside the enviromental obstructionists who are holding our families hostage to high prices. We should have had ANWR production on line by now and would have but for obstructionism by enviromental elitists.

Posted by: Aristotle | June 18, 2008 5:26 AM

It's a con. Our oil companies are sitting on oil leases now with more then 20 years worth of oil they aren't tapping. Ban of no ban oil companies are not pumping one more drop of oil then they have to. Why would they want to flood the market with cheap oil? Also, why would they begin spending billions on exploring oil that will not produce the first drop before 2022 (that is accurate by the way) while at the same time more billions are being spent on alternative sources to fossil fuels bent on putting them out of business. It would be like developing new machines to produce VHS tapes faster and cheaper. It makes no sense.
They must think the public are morons with this stuff. But then again, maybe thy are who knows. They bought platform shoes.

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McCain is getting attacked by his opponents for his stand on drilling now. Obama says new drilling wouldn't come online for 5 years. Harry Reid says any new oil would only drop the gas prices by one penny. And the dem's insist that speculators need to be re-regulated because of their influence on current prices. Yet, it has been stated that If/When new domestic drilling is approved, speculators will run for financial cover and the price of oil could drop by $30-50. a barrel. And that is BEFORE any new oil comes online. Gas could be at $2-3. a gallon on that occurrence. All the current economic stress and fear would be alleviated at once with a vote like that. What ARE we waiting for? Congress, ACT NOW!

Posted by: thinker334 | June 18, 2008 2:58 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2008 2:40 PM

You are right and that oil would be exported for the big bucks. We would not benefit one bit. Of course unless you own an oil company. NO ONE is going to flood the market with cheap oil, it just ain't going to happen, I am sorry. We need to learn how to live without oil.

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it's sad so many think we can just drill our way to cheap oil. It just ain't there to meet the growing global demand. China alone can suck up all new oil fields in the next 20 years, let alone India and the rest of the world. Republicans need to wake up and stop the B.S.

Posted by: miked | June 18, 2008 5:13 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2008 2:45 PM

What? Wind power masts turn so slow a bird would have to be committing suicide to fly into one. The guide wires can be a problem but are easily remedied.

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With the thousands of birds that are killed by windmills, the Sierra Club is exposing itself as a political organization rather than an enviromental one by running an ad endorsing windmills.
These big government enviromental types are very selective in their notions of ecology.

Posted by: bird lover | June 18, 2008 5:13 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2008 3:01 PM

I am a long time environmentalist, but I can not stomach voting for Obama. If the Dems wanted a Democratic President, they should have picked Hillary Clinton.

Plus, as the other poster said, the biggest thing you can do for the environment is to eat raw vegan---which is what I have been doing for 5 years now since I oppose animal cruelty as well as understand the tremendous water and energy waste that goes into growing crops to feed billions of "food" animals. Around the world millions are starving to death and here in America we feed 80% of our crops to "food" animals so that Americans can die a premature death of the number one U.S. killer, coronary artery disease.

Looks like McCain will be our next President.

Posted by: Dems for McCain | June 18, 2008 3:01 PM

Dems for McCain said:

"I am a long time environmentalist, but I can not stomach voting for Obama. If the Dems wanted a Democratic President, they should have picked Hillary Clinton."

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As an environmentalist you, like the rest of us have, watched as environmental protection after environmental protection has been whittled away.

If you dislike Barack Obama so much why not simply NOT vote for a presidential candidate. I can't figure out for the life of me why an environmentalist would vote for the party that historically chooses business over the environment, not just some of the time, but every single time with no thought whatsoever toward balance?

Posted by: Ken Jr. | June 19, 2008 1:49 AM


lol! hey sierra club...

cut mccain some slack!

come tomorrow this same time, mccain won't even remember having breakfast, much less what he said earlier in the day or the day before..

that's what is good about being senile.

every day is a fresh start.

someone needs to tell mccain in the morning during his mashed french toast breakfast,

"hey senator mccain? nice job!"

what? i don't have a job! honest! you can ask cindy!

"no, no... we mean, nice job in deciding that drilling in protected and environmentally fragile areas is not the answer!"

i said that?

"of course you did senator! well done!"

well, thank you!

"now, let's address the subject of you and cindy moving away to a far away country out of our hair.. you said you wanted to do that."

i did?

"of COURSE you did."

well..then i better go, huh?

"yes.. *sigh* it will be bad to see such a man of your insignificance go.. but we will go on...."

what? insig..what? insurmountable? impenetrable? impressive? why.. yes i am! i'm all those things!

"well then, you better go, and take your druggie wife with you!"

i will! i will! cindy! we must leave now!!!!

where are we going?

it doesn't matter! i am insig.. insig.. incontinent, and proud of it!

Posted by: BOB | June 19, 2008 3:24 AM

Hey sierra club, when JM takes the white house in Jan 09, and begins the road to remove your long skinny fingers from around the throat of the Amercian econcomy and then maybe appoints 3 to 4 hard right judges top Scotus that will begin to unravel the years of enviro loonism maybe you idolatars will think in hindsight maybe we should of negoiated some aspects of oil exploration.

Posted by: Pogo | June 19, 2008 9:13 AM

Funny that he stood up against Global Warming, but wants to have more offshore drilling? Idiot.

Posted by: Pat | June 19, 2008 12:10 PM

If drillin is sooooo vital. Why now? WHY DID THE REPUBLICANS SIT ON THEIR ASS WITH A MAJORITY IN THE CONGRESS AND SENATE THE PAST 8 YEARS? Oh, I know! Because 80% of leased oil facilities now AREN'T BEING DRILLED. WHY? Because the oil companies don't want to drill. More oil would drive down the price they can charge. Idiots. Another McCain smoke screen. BS.

Posted by: Patrick | June 19, 2008 12:33 PM

I am opposed to ANY off-shore drilling; it is our continued dependence on oil that keeps us in this hell of rising gas prices. Wasn't the pipeline in Alaska supposed to relieve us high oil prices? Did it? I think not,that oil is exported for sale, producing profits for big oil, and I haven't heard any politician who is pro-drilling guaranteeing the American public that any oil found off shore will be for American consumption only. Who do they think they're fooling?

Posted by: anita roberts | June 19, 2008 1:41 PM

"Thinker334", an obviously staunch Republican, says that under Obama gasoline will rise to $5 a gallon. He seems to forget that under the Bush bumblers gasoline has doubled in price. We've been attacked by AlQaeda, haven't yet captured Osama Bin Laden. Unemployment is steadily rising and our national debt has tripled under the Republicans as against it being reduced under the Clinton Administration. The Republicans outed Valerie Plame, our secret CIA agent for political reasons. We are in two separate wars, over 4000 Americans have died and McCaine wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. We've suffered under the most inept Administration in U.S. history which now wants to open our coastal waters for more oil drilling and even bigger profits for ExxonMobil and other price gougers. I can't wait to see the thrashing the Republicans get in November.

Posted by: TJ in Santa Fe | June 19, 2008 3:01 PM

To 'thinker 334' The far left is not preventing off shore oil retrieval. Big oil, made bigger with subsidies from Bush, control high oil prices and therefore gas costs by CHOOSING NOT TO DRILL ON OFFSHORE LEASES THEY ALREADY OWN. Brush up on your thinking 334.

Posted by: ck in TX | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM

In the 1970s this country was moving toward the use of alternative energy technology. That movement ceased after Reagan was elected and except for a small surge during the Clinton years the Republican propaganda movement has worked to persuade conservatives that alternative energy is expensive and will never replace oil. Republicans have spent like drunks on a spree, adding over 8 trillion dollars to the National Debt, and they have encouraged Americans to spend until the credit card melts. We can thank Republicans for the recession we are facing.

There are many forms of alternative energy being used in other countries. All we this country has to do is to say yes to alternative energy and we can quickly reduce our dependence on oil.

There are at least 150 pluggable hybrids in the world today, converted by individuals and by auto shops. Pluggable hybrid school buses are being built in North Carolina. They get double the mpg of a standard diesel bus. Durham, NC has ordered hybrid buses for the city bus system. We need to encourage auto companies to sell us electrics and pluggable hybrids.

If you search the Internet you can find many different types of alternative energy. We All we have to do its reach out and use technology that is available and has been available for decades. We can reduce our dependence on oil.

Posted by: Hank Macknee Durham, NC | June 19, 2008 4:22 PM

There are many reasons for the rise in gas/oil prices worldwide:
(A) the increased global demand for petroleum products from China, India and Southeast Asia (Phillipines, Indonesia, etc.)that wasn't happening previously.
(B) U.S. Oil companies refuse to build more refineries to procees more crude oil, so they can limit the amount of product sold and thereby raise the price as high as the traffic will allow.
(C) They already have huge numbers of oil drilling leases that they've been sitting on for years, not using them because a scarcity of product keeps the prices high and rakes in huge profits and keeps the oil speculation marketers jumping with unrestrained glee.
(D) A major percentage of the oil being drilled in this country is being shipped abroad for sale on the global market.
We're paying obscene prices for gas at the pump while the Big Oil Cos. are reaping BILLIONS in profit while getting UNBELIEVABLY HUGE tax breaks from the government, supposedly for "research and development".
The Bush government is helping Exxon and company to rob you blind. Your children will get stuck with the resulting National Debt that has put us up to our collective eyeballs in hock to China.
Wake up, America!


Posted by: Luise Perenne | June 19, 2008 4:35 PM

The Democrats say that off-shore drilling won't add any oil to the market for 10 years. What proposals have they made that will produce enough alternative fuels to replace petroleum in the next 50 years?

Posted by: J Baustian | June 20, 2008 12:10 AM

Where McCain & Sierra Club are united:
Anti-environmental open borders!

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | June 20, 2008 1:26 AM

If McCain is so pro nuclear... let's see him put the radioactive waste dump in Arizona, because we certainly don't want it here. Just say no to Yucca Mountain!

Posted by: Marie - Reno, NV | June 20, 2008 3:50 AM

Most oil from the Prudhoe Bay field is shipped to Asia (principally Japan) because there is not enough refining capacity in the West to handle it. Personally, I'll take living next to a nuclear reactor anyday compared to living next to an oil refinery. Navy sailors live on top of several reactors on both submarines and ships. I am also sure most of the available oil in the US is offshore which has much resistance by the states for its development. Chevron recently opened a field far south in the Gulf of Mexico. China is developing wells off the Cuban coast. Will envirommentalists put up with that? Can't do much if they are in international waters.

Solar is a joke. Ever look at the size of the solar panels just for powering a 40-gallon household water heater? The ones for satellites, in orbit where it is never cloudy, have the power enough to keep the batteries charged for transmission equipment. What do you want to do? Paste half the desert Southwest with solar panels? Transmit it many miles losing much of it? Cost?
Wind works, where its consistently windy. Central California has had a lot of private ones in the mountains between the hot central valley )and the colder cooastal valley. Its windly when its hot inland (95-102 degrees) Most are privately owned. From what I've seen most aren't even churning in the wind. Broken I presume. Maintenance costs vs. KW-hr produced? They are basically there as tax writeoffs for investors. GE is developing and building a number of the wind turbine generators. Who is going to buy them? GE must have some idea.it doesn't help much with transportation use and gasoline prices

Also realize gas is much more expensive in Great Britain ~$10/gal, a large oil producer (although much of that is tax) about $5/gal ) and very expensive in Europe ($12/gal in Germany) and Japan. We aren't alone.

Some OPEC(UAE) and other Northsea (Luxembourg, Ireland, Norway, etc) oil producers are the richest per capita countries in the world. The US based oil companies are not as dominant as back 30 years ago. With our glutonous appetite for oil, and the seemingly absurd assumption that US residents are entitled to everything at no or little cost is going to continue our decline. What will Obama do? Much like Bush and Lyndon Johson, probably issue lots of worthless paper money as it is now. Of course it has decling value. Printing worthless paper (or storing worthless electrons, actually) to pay for all these programs is a scam. I agree, oil companies could develop more coastal waters, but that isn't exactly a cheap proposition. The EPA and DOE control where the oil companies can develop and when. Plus its a rather short term remedy and environmentally dangerous to the although less so than in the 1970's. The Iraq War is $100 billion/year of waste, but its only the same amount as the Medicare Part D drug prescription benefit passed in 2003. Get real. Ending the war isn't going to help the federal budget all that much. That's a big piece of propaganda and it isn't going to pay for much bigger education, healthcare and other social programs budgets. Its $0.1 trillion out of a $3 trillion FY2008 budget. Plus the baby boomers are starting to retire and just Medicare and Social Security is going to eat a whole lot of the budget in about 10 years.

No wonder Mr.Putin is smirking these days, we are going to be in about as good a shape as Russia in the 1990's. He's soaking in oil. Our main hope is Canada will develop more if they want to go down that road. Otherwise, with our resistance to nuclear power, (France runs on 87% nuclear power) I don't see a whole lot of hope for either the economy or preserving our lifestyle. Go to college? What wothwhile are you going to major in? Blogging? . Things of sophistication take a long time to develop, especially the federal government if it accomplishes anything at all.

I'm afraid we are in for a rough ride. No politician wants to tell you that. Those bearing bad news have their head cut off by the American Idol-watching and news press obsessed public. Actually those clowns are the ones who have sold you out more than the corrupt politicians themselves. Both are very well paid for their crap.

Posted by: KRitt from WA | June 20, 2008 6:15 PM

In America there were once over 25 major oil companies. There are now only 7 conglomerates. When all the mergers happened it was (as always is the erroneous rationale) for efficiency and to provide cheaper products at the retail level. What really happened is the same thing that happened in the 1920s - the remaining oligopolies control the market. Oil is a global commodity and priced as such. The remaining oil companies shut down several refineries to limit production. Oil was flowing freely from the mideast so there was no incentive to produce more here for our own domestic production even though the oil fields are there and readily available including the off-shore ones. Alaskan oil even goes to Japan, not to the States. What this country needs is a Teddy Roosevelt to enforce the Sherman and Clayton and other anti-trust laws and bring competition and free enterprise back to this country. Oil is a controlled manipulated commodity that desperately needs free enterprise and competition. Gas wars are a thing of the past and will be until the oil companies are busted.

Posted by: Jpurr | June 22, 2008 8:34 PM

Hey "thinker334", you were too generous in naming yourself. Thinking is not something you do well.

Posted by: Chuck | June 23, 2008 3:29 PM

Thinker 334 your right on.

It's best everyone think the left are fools than to open their mouth and take away any possible doubt.

Posted by: Rob | July 1, 2008 7:27 AM

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