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Turned Off? Is Obama Saying No, No, No to Energy Solutions?

A new ad makes it clear that John McCain still thinks he has a winner with the gas tax holiday. Obama's opposition to the lower gas tax, which would save Americans minimal money at the pump, is featured in the ad which portrays Obama as saying nothing but "no" to solutions like nuclear power and new domestic oil production. It airs in four swing states.

Interestingly, the ad paints McCain as an agent of change in the Republican party — "pushing his own party to face climate change." (The RNC actually bought the ad so they must be OK with it.) That picture is contrasted to Obama's "97 percent party line voting."

Factcheck has concluded that the Republicans distorted Obama's record on energy. To see how,


The nonpartisan site points out that Obama proposed a $150 billion program to fund clean-energy technology last year, well before McCain proposed the $300 million prize for a battery powered car. As for nuclear energy, Obama has not ruled out the option, saying that he would only support it so far as it is clean and safe.

Do you think McCain can convince moderate voters that he would better address the energy crisis? Will emphasizing Obama's party-voting effectively answer Obama's assertions that McCain votes the Bush line?


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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Amen to that!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I would not want to have given birth to you! :ROTFL: Yeah, adolescence sucks when you haven't quite grown into all your features yet. So glad it only happens once!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
You wanna hear a baby story? I was over two feet long when I was born! But I only weighed right at 8 lbs. My mom is only 5'6" so in the delivery room my head was out but my feet were till pushing on my moms ribs. The nurse said, doctor, there is another one in here. My mom starts to freak out. Then the doctor says, and my family will never ever ever let me forget this, No, Judging by the size of this head, it's one big one. Sigh. And, not to mention I hit six foot at 12. And let's just put it this way, I had to grow into my teeth! Sigh, jr. high was so fun for me. :oy:
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
At least your family didn't call you Space Girl because of the huge, shiny, round bald head, like an astronaut's helmet, that you rocked as a baby. :rant: Your Jude's a girl as well, right? I wish there were more of us :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Me least that is what my mom says.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Oh, I'm already horribly mutated, so I wouldn't be too concerned for myself ;)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, I'll bet you haven't met a whole lot of people who share your name? And, i am concerned about you living by a nuc plant too!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
GS, every time you talk about your Jude, I get so confused and think you're talking about me! :D
syako syako 9 years
I understand. And I don't have children so can't really relate, though I do have a nephew and I can see your point. It's the same with interstates, highways, wind power, solar panels, etc. etc. we want them, but not in my backyard!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, I know Sy. I know how logical nuc power is, but just as a mom, I wouldn't want Jude anywhere near one. And I can't be a hypocrite and want other moms to have to have their kids near one either. And I know by saying this I stray from most of my peers who share my views on most other thigs, but it is just how I feel. :hug:
syako syako 9 years
Well it's just interesting because the are so much cleaner than both of those options. And what happened in Chernobyl would never happen here. Soviet "construction" and "technology" and "care" led to that disaster. They built it too fast without enough knowledge and understanding AND they were sloppy.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I agree GS, it is all well and good to be pro-nuclear, but I don't think many people would want tolive next to one. Sy, I don't think I'd mind them living next to solar or wind energy producing compounds. ;) I personally wouldn't want them to live near a coal plant or oil refinery because in Sim City, those always blow up.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Touche, Sy. And I was so pro nuc power until I had Jude. If I had to choose, it would be live by an oil refinery. But to be honest, I wouldn't want to live by any of them. But just the sheer unkown, and the scary known, of living by a nuc plant turn me off.
syako syako 9 years
just playing devil's advocate... would you want your kids living by a coal plant? an oil refinery?
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
"The whole idea of nuclear is good, and seems promising, but then you have to ask, would you want to live by one? It seems all well and good when you are 100 miles from it." A very good point, GS. You wouldn't want your kids growing up near one.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And, the dems, in my opinion, are showing how committed they are to living green with their plans for the DNC. :oy:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
The whole idea of nuclear is good, and seems promising, but then you have to ask, would you want to live by one? It seems all well and good when you are 100 miles from it.
stephley stephley 9 years
I'm nervous about the next act Hypno, waiting to see how we'll react to their new determination.
stephley stephley 9 years
That's right: war won, budget balanced and 45 new nuclear plants all without new taxes in just four years! Obama has never promised perfection in Iraq, just that we won't dedicate the next 100 years to compounding our mistakes.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well the Prime Minister of Iraq has formerly asked for a time line for withdrawl. The scene is drawing to a close. Let's see what the stage looks like when the lights come back on.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
how rainbow dreamy is it to bring our troops home within a year and have Iraq stable and working perfectly under its own government...without us. Pretty rainbow dreamy, wonder who thinks it could happen...O
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Stephley, Isn't he going to do it all with out raising taxes, too?
stephley stephley 9 years
How does McCain plan on funding 45 new nuclear plants. And how rainbow dreamy is it to simply claim that you can end the war within four years and balance the budget?
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Whenever I think of nuclear energy, all I can picture is that three eyed fish from the Simpsons. Darn TV rotting my brains. All I can think about is cartoons!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Interesting, Ella! Thanks for the info! :)
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