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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Part of the Problem

As far as attack ads go, this is a good one, and not least because it attacks on policy and not personal garbage and innuendo. In any case:

And, I'd recommend a visit to the website listed at the end of the ad because A) no one should get their information from any candidate's television ads without doing the follow-up research themselves, and B) the site lays out the energy plan differences between the candidates quite well:
In 2000, countries like Germany made a major commitment to increase the use of renewable energy and begin to get off oil. We elected George Bush and Dick Cheney -- who gave us a secret energy task force, a war in Iraq and the same old energy policies.

Eight years later, gas prices are soaring above $4 a gallon and the nation stands at a crossroads.

We can either “go big” and follow Barack Obama’s 2007 blueprint to create a new energy economy -- or we can rely on John McCain’s sudden 2008 urge to drill for offshore oil -- a distracting idea which won’t reduce gas prices but will boost oil company profits.

The facts are clear. Only one candidate has a detailed plan that is at Apollo moon-mission scale, using technologies that work right now -- Barack Obama. Clean energy isn’t pie in the sky -- the Germans created 250,000 jobs in less time than it will take for John McCain and Big Oil to drill for oil offshore -- and bring it to market. Failing to invest in new energy means we will continue to fall behind in the competitive race for new jobs and manufacturing. That’s not the road to smart energy independence; it’s a backwards formula for more Exxon dependence.
What follows is a point by point comparison on where Obama and McCain each stand on the challenges facing America with regards to the energy crisis that - I hate to tell you this, folks - is still in its infancy as far as the negative effects we're going to have to suffer if we don't move in a new direction.

And, while we're on the subject, if you haven't already, check out this post and the linked article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., laying out a game plan for the next president. Only one candidate is moving that way. I'll give you three guesses who that candidate is.

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