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By Perry Bacon Jr.
LANSING, Mich. -- Barack Obama today called for using oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower gas prices in the short term, marking the second time in recent days that he has modified his position on an energy issue as he argues he would be more effective in reducing pain at the pump than would John McCain.

In a speech in Lansing, Obama, who last month said he would not consider getting oil from the reserve except in the case of "genuine emergencies" such as a terrorist act, called for tapping 70 million barrels from the reserve, a stock of crude oil owned by the federal government and stored along the Gulf of Mexico. The reserve was created after the energy crisis of the 1970's. Obama aides said he would remove light crude oil from the reserve and replace it with heavy crude oil. They compared it to a similar deployment of the oil from the reserve in 2000, which helped reduced the price of gas by 18 percent.

Last Firiday, Obama -- who had earlier in the campaign said he opposed off-shore drilling -- said he would back such oil exploration if was part of a broader energy solution. McCain announced his support for off-shore drilling last month and has repeatedly criticized Obama for opposing it.

Energy issues have emerged as a dominant feature of the campaign. Obama today released an ad blasting McCain for accepting campaign donations from oil company executives and proposing a corporate tax cut that would reduce taxes on oil companies. McCain has run an ad blaming Obama for the country's high gas prices because of his opposition to proposals such as off-shore drilling.

In his speech, Obama emphasized his view that off-shore drilling is not "a particularly meaningful short-term or long-term solution" and said he felt the getting oil from the
SPR was a temporary solution. The presumptive Democratic nominee announced a broad goal in the speech, saying if he elected he would "immediately direct the full resources of the federal government and the full energy of the private sector... to a single, overarching goal - in ten years, we will eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East and Venezuela."

His long term plan includes creating 1 million 150-mile-per gallon hybrids within six years, requiring 10 percent of U.S. energy from renewable resources by the end of his first term and reducing U.S. demand for electricity by 15 percent by 2030.

"I won't pretend that the goals I laid out are today aren't ambitious, they are," Obama told a crowd more than a thousand at a conference center here. "But I will say that these goals are possible. I will say these goals are achievable."

McCain aides criticized Obama's idea on of using the reserve, as Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman, said "the strategic oil reserve exists for America's national security strategy, not Barack Obama's election strategy."

Posted at 3:20 PM ET on Aug 4, 2008
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Posted by: ламинат | August 13, 2008 11:11 AM

Let me get this straight. Barack Obama until recently (now he is trying to be on both sides of the issue) was against opening up more offshore areas for drilling because he says it won't solve the problem.

Fair enough, but he now favors tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as if that is going to solve the problems. What is Obama's plan after the SPR has been used? Back to square one.

In a recent speech, Obama engaged in name dropping to bolster his position. He quoted T. Boone Pickens as saying that we can't drill our way out of this problem. But Obama neglects to mention that Pickens is in favor of drilling everywhere as part of a whole package to reduce our dependency on foreign oil imports.

The good news for Obama is that this is just an experimental phase of the campaign where candidates test ideas to see if they work. Maybe Obama will get his story straight after the conventions when the campaign begins in earnest.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 5, 2008 10:49 AM

I am JakeD HEAR MY ROAAAAARRRRR!!!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 5, 2008 10:12 AM

OMG!!
1. First lets give everyone a thousand dollar for energy rebates..so much for conservation!(Build up the Federal Deficit)

2. Let use up our oil reserves! (After that you can pay double what Europe pays.)

3. Lets not drill! (Yep, the Dem's will keep us and our children under the thumb of OPEC)

4. 50 Billion stimulus package! (More Federal Deficit!! Leading to astronomical Taxes)

5. Bigger Government Programs! (MORE TAXES!!) (Let's take from the people who work hard for their money to pay for those who don't)

6. Tax the oil companies!! (They will still pass the cost to the "SIX-PACK-JOES!" (Obama Camp statement in Texas)!

7. Let me rent a Stadium so people can see how wonderful I am!! (A lot of the people's personal contributions.)

8. Let's tax the rich!! (They deserve it because others are not rich)( I Obama have only over 1/2 a billion to spend and none for charity)

How much more garbage and bad plans can this guy spew?? A lot!! And his followers are lapping it up like hungry dogs!!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 5, 2008 9:46 AM

You guys go ahead and ridicule Obama's "inflate your tires" advice. You're very funny, and no doubt your humor will resonate with those Americans who think that conservation is a joke.
But I think that the reality is that a sound forward-looking energy policy is going to be made of a few strategic initiatives (developing alternate sources of energy and reducing consumption), each of which will be made of a plethora of little tactical items, like "properly inflate your tires". With that piece of advice Obama's pointing out that YOU have some control over your energy usage. You are NOT helpless. Start with properly inflating your tires. Move on to setting your thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter, combining errands, easing back on driving vacations, and you can see that we actually have considerable control over what we spend on energy. There's far too much talk about "I can't control my energy use", but the experiences of the last year have certainly taught me that one individual taking a "nickel and dime" approach to conservation can cut driving in half, cut the heating bill in half, and cut the air conditioning bill to almost nothing.
Stop whining and start doing!!!

Posted by: DisFisCon | August 5, 2008 9:00 AM

Europe and Asia, they are paying much more than what we pay for Gasoline... Reserve is key to national interest and These fools does not understand that

Posted by: Tom | August 5, 2008 8:37 AM

This clearly shows Mobama's inexperience... he does not know what is the fundamental difference between reserve and demand and supply ecomonics..

No wonder why his solution to energy crysis is "Inflate your tires" policy :) I can't stop laughing

We cannot elect a guy who does not have any solutions to problems that we are facing today.. With Bush and McCain atleast we are safe in this part of the world. Islamic Terrorists raging violance agains ordinary citizens in Europe and Asia

Posted by: Rich | August 5, 2008 8:34 AM

HemiHead makes a pretty interesting point. I think that the generally accepted wisdom is that overall MPG ratings for "cars" (including SUV's and light trucks) has decreased over the last decade or so because the mix of cars purchased has tended more toward heavier and more powerful vehicles. But that isn't the whole story. In 1996 I purchased a small car that got 45 MPG, combined city and highway driving. No fancy (and expensive) hybrid technology. In 2008 I hear people proud of their cars' pitiful 24 MPG. Somehow we let our expectations for gas mileage, even for small cars, drop substantially. Yup, my car was definitely a matchbox. Nope, it wasn't going to win any races. But it demonstrated that technology is available RIGHT NOW to substantially reduce our pain at the pump. If 90% of the leased SUVs are replaced with substantially more compact, fuel efficient cars (even if you can't find a 45 MPG car, you certainly can find a number of 30+ MPG cars), upward pressure on gas prices will quickly ease a bit, in response to the slight drop in demand.
If your car doesn't get 30-40 MPG, you should right away stop looking to blame other people / situations for gas prices - the marketplace gives you choices - choose wisely, and choose based on the expectation that gas prices of $7 (ish) per gallon will be the norm over the next decade.
Our government, both Democrats and Republicans, has let us down mightily since the 1970's oil crisis. They've worked hard to placate us with low gasoline prices. Now, when those low gasoline prices have led to supply shortages and corresponding sharp price increases and unpredictable price spikes, we're paying a big price for some pretty poor long-term planning.
Leadership, not placation and pandering, please, Barack and John!

Posted by: DisFisCon | August 5, 2008 8:17 AM

John McCain has received two million dollars from the oil industry, and now he want to give them a four Billion dollars tax break, when they are raking- in record profits on the shoulders of America. So, John McCain said, "Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long-term about the future of the country." What John McCain neglected to mention was that during those thirty years, he was in Washington for twenty-six of them. And in all that time, he did little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Not to mention, that out of the last twenty eight years, twenty of those years, our nation energy policies were manipulated by an oil man in the Whitehouse representing his party interest (George Sr.12 years. George Jr.8 years) that have all but destroyed our Country.
Here is some straight talk. When John McCain was running in the Republican primary he never mention or addressed anything about this nation energy problems. After the primary, he saw that Barack Obama energy position along with his other ideas was getting footage, he flip-flopped, and quickly turned into Mitt Romney. The Straight Talk express at its best. Although Jack Cafferty is one of my favorite reporters in the media today, they are wrong! So here my question to you: Why do Jack Cafferty and others in the news media find it so amusing to report on Barack Obama supposedly flip-flopping and gaffes, when John McCain have twisted on more issues to have started a tornado with his silly shenanigans, then any Politician in recent history beside Mitt Romney, not to mention his long list of gaffes. Yet, they fail to give equal negative coverage. Can I be sensing media bias? After all, Barack Obama has received 72% negative coverage, when they have reported on him. WHY? America has to stop acting like they don't know the difference between right and wrong. Thus, John McCain campaign is represented by lies instead of real ideas!
Finally, there are those who say that John McCain's new ad depicts Barack Obama as trying to present himself as a messiah, well I beg to differ. I believe that John McCain new ad tries to depict Barack Obama as being as old as Moses, when John McCain himself is old enough to have been Moses childhood buddy!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 11:36 PM

A great deal of Democrat's energy approach came from the thinking of Al Gore, the guru of earth warming research, who thinks it is possible to generate all the current electric power by renewable, alternative means, such as wind, solar and biofuel in ten years . The question is whether it is realistic to accomplish such a big thing in ten years ? For solar power, the Germans have a lot of experience, however, analysts estimate that solar cells in Germany now generate about 2 TWh of electricity per year, or about one-half of one percent of German electricity consumption. Wind power is not always reliable and its successful development in Texas can probably produces a few percent of total power supply. Increase use of biofuel can never be enough to replace fossil fuel, while increasing the price of food and causing starvation. Nuclear power may be the way to go as a source of major power supply, as the French did, but it is expensive and will take years to build even all the problems are already solved today.

Posted by: austin c | August 4, 2008 11:15 PM

Mc Cain starts showing his true face; the straight talk express has derailed; the man of honor has shown he was just words and has chosen the low road as his predecessor. What could one expect from someone who graduated 894th out of 899 and whose entire career is due to his family and not from his own merits, whose only "chance", paradoxically, has been to be shot down over Vietnam and to have spent 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton. Nothing in Mc Cain's history makes him apt at leading our country out of the mess we are in. Who cares more about the future? The 72 year old who finally, after years of trying out for office is the presumptive nominee more by accident than by his own talent? or a 47 year old whose intellect has been tested by the toughest schools in the country and who has chosen to serve his country at an excruciating personal cost while he could have taken a plum job in some of the biggest firms in the country? Mc Cain would spell disaster for my kids and my grand kids and he will not live long enough to care. While the man is not without charm, his intelligence has not been tested. What we know about his personal life does not bode well about his character and his personal discipline. I am amazed that some people can even consider him as a choice when we have a candidate like Obama. He is a true American product and an American we are proud to represent us. Much of Mc Cain's story is not what we Americans are typically proud of. Think about your future, the future of your children and your grand children, make the obvious choice. Vote Obama.

Posted by: john freddi | August 4, 2008 11:04 PM

Dude the message is different that what you perceived.. McCain never called obama a racist... The major issue is obama's character and association with racical pastor wright like guys

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 11:02 PM

Finally a presidential candidate tries to hammer home the idea a coherent energy policy.


Why doesn't the mainstream news media report the truth about Obama's comment on "They are going to try to make you scared me...he doesn't look like the other presidents on the dollar or five dollar bills"?

By McCain's own campaign web ad attacked Obama by placing him on the dollar bill. CHECK IT OUT!

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/08/04/mccain-campaign-did-mock-obama-on-dollar-bill/

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 4, 2008 10:42 PM

Jesus, He flip flopped again? This guy has deminished to bundle of lies. He makes the master flip flopper Kerry looks good. :)

Dems screwed this golden chance :)

Posted by: Mark Johnes | August 4, 2008 9:50 PM

If Obama doesn't have a teleprompter, he sounds so unprepared and stupid. That's what happened when a fellow black asked him an unexpected and difficult question. Obama stumbles and finds comfort in repeating old memorized lines. Hes more like a high school gym teacher than a real leader. It's amazing that most Americans are falling for this phoney. What will they do to Obama if he doesn't deliver on his promises. It'll get nasty when reality strikes.

Posted by: Martin | August 4, 2008 9:49 PM

McCain introduced his own GI Bill that actually helped those who stayed in the service longer MORE than Webb's GI Bill. You may not care about retention rates for our military right now, but McCain and I do. Any more questions?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 7:16 PM

McCain did not show up to vote on the bill that would have harmed retention rates. McCain really did not care enough to stop campaigning and come to Washington to Vote.

I think what you are saying JakeD is that McCain cared not a twit about the enlisted man. he was only concerned about the needs of the commanders. If he could not help them, then he did not give a hoot for the GI.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:37 PM

Wanna see Gas prices Fall?

Re-Instate 55 or 60 MPH Speedos!

With the 10 MPH allowance factor, everyone would be cruising an economical 65-70, instead of a Dangerous, and Wasteful 80+!

Now, take that wasteful burden off our NATIONAL Demand...

And watch the Dimocrats start trying to impose Gas taxes on the windfall savings! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | August 4, 2008 9:16 PM

"All the oil companies are trying to grab as many acres of lease land as as possible under the current administration as the know they're not likely to get any under a Democratic administration."

That doesn't bother me at all.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2008/08/01/its-boom-time-for-oil-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-despite-a-ban-on-drilling-in-many-areas.html

Good news - record drilling in the Gulf. Shortages of men and rigs holding things back.

Posted by: Chuckamok | August 4, 2008 8:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 8:56 PM

The oil companys have some 68 million acres that they can drill on. Oil supporting apologists retort that there is no oil there otherwise the oil companies would be drilling. The only way for the oil companies to 'know' if there is or isn't any oil there is to drill. Nothing is stoping them from drilling. Nothing.

All the oil companies are trying to grab as many acres of lease land as as possible under the current administration as the know they're not likely to get any under a Democratic administration.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 4, 2008 8:35 PM

I agree with Chuckamok. The White House does not thinks it's a good idea to be draining our "insurance" oil either:

"One thing I know that the Democrats continue to recommend is that we -- or to suggest -- is that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the answer to all of our problems. We strongly believe that it's not. That trick has been tried before and it doesn't work.

It's unfortunate that the only place Democrats in Congress seem to be able to think we can get oil is from our insurance policy, which is the extra supply that we have in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And to my knowledge, Speaker Pelosi or others have not indicated how long they would recommend -- or how many -- how long they would recommend taking oil out of the SPR. They've not said what the price point is they're trying to get to. They've not said how long it would last. And so I think those are -- a lot of questions have to be answered before they could even be taken seriously ..."

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/07/20080714-5.html

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 8:32 PM

The market won't be fooled by artificial supply-side gains. At best it will cause a temporary dip.

Releasing 30 million barrels into a world that consumes 90 million barrels a day would achieve what exactly?

Obama is trying to sell a bridge - and its yet another complete reversal. Does this man stand for anything?

Posted by: Lee | August 4, 2008 8:31 PM

Tapping into the petrol reserve now IS a bad idea.

Bush rescinded the federal ban on offshore drilling, and the oil price declined significantly.

If the feckless Senate will do the same - and oil drops significantly further - we will SEE how much speculation has driven up prices.

What has the Senate got to lose? Try it, see what happens. With the projected Dem majority next year, they could easily reverse position then.

Posted by: Chuckamok | August 4, 2008 8:07 PM

Taping the reserves would have a much greater psychological impact then starting drilling. The oil (light-sweet) would reach the market much faster as it only needs to be refined. The speculator driven gas currently in the 'pipeline' would have to compete with the cheaper domestic product.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 4, 2008 8:06 PM

Just another flip-flop from our wanna be Commander-in-Chief. These last few weeks have been a disaster for Obama, basically burying his chances of being elected. I wonder why he made such mistakes. Part of the answer is obvious; he himself has no ideas on economy, international affairs, and domestic policies. However, it became apparent after he incorporated many Clinton advisers to his campaign. The Obama campaign just got out of hand. So much for his invulnerability and political genius. Obama has lost control over his campaign. Just think about 300 advisers on foreign affairs, who devised a disastrous trip to Europe. I wonder how many hundred advisers are working on his domestic policies and the economy. I mean it takes a genius to come up with the plan to pump the oil from the SPR.

Posted by: Wiel | August 4, 2008 7:58 PM

Tapping into our emergency oil reserves is a BAAAAADDDDD idea. There are there for a specific purpose: in case of disaster. We need to drill offshore the W. & E. Coasts and AWAR and also R&D for new sources of energy. Any if Obama does get in (God forbide) and takes profits away from the oil companies and give back to us, the oil cos. will have reason to quit drilling so much in the U.S. and drill foreign: make deals w/foreign governments, and you know the oil cos. stockholders will bail out, so where will money comes from for the hugh amounts it takes for exploration? Think, people.

Posted by: Ilove234america | August 4, 2008 7:41 PM

JakeD

McCain was a no show on the bipartisan compromise GI bill.

As for retention rates well....let's just say the rubber stamp Republicans weren't the best at picking their battles.

Meaning....eh hem....Iraq.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 7:29 PM

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Posted by: Harvy | August 4, 2008 7:18 PM

McCain introduced his own GI Bill that actually helped those who stayed in the service longer MORE than Webb's GI Bill. You may not care about retention rates for our military right now, but McCain and I do. Any more questions?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 7:16 PM

JakeD

Offshore drilling is pretty irrelevant and I don't care if Congress votes on it or not.

Where was McCain on the last ten votes?

Like the VETO proof GI bill that McCain was against?

.......many Democrats and many Republicans supported that bill. CAN'T DENY THAT RIGHT?

........Why, when Congress finally comes together to agree on something, McCain stood with the Neo-con Republican tragedians of our country to stop the bill? I don't get it...........

McCain has lost his way. He supports bringing the troops home, in body bags for a hundred years...............

He wasn't tortured in Viet Nam, according to his own republican standards; he received advanced interrogation techniques, of which he approves of nowadays.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 7:09 PM

Wow the racism on this comment page is appalling. Michelle Obama sliding back into "Ghetto Speak?" Holy Crap, you should be ashamed. Would it be better if she stole drugs from a company - because THATS so ghetto! Yikes.

Posted by: jj | August 4, 2008 7:08 PM

Which one would you prefer. $1,000. dollars Obama is offering to help with gas prices now or wait until 7-10 until Mccain can produce a drop of oil to lower gas prices?

Obama 09

Posted by: Janice | August 4, 2008 6:51 PM

Which one would you prefer. $1,000. dollars Obama is offering to help with gas prices now or wait until 7-10 until Mccain can produce a drop of oil to lower gas prices?

Obama 09

Posted by: Janice | August 4, 2008 6:51 PM

Barry O'Bomba-Nation is an Idiot when it comes to economics.

So is McAmnesty.

Coal to Oil Refineries, and even just ONE friggin Regular refinery would do so much more to help stabilize Gas Prices.

Another smart thing would be to Store up Refined Products that could be rotated. The very fact we had Surplus Amounts waiting in event of something like a HURRICANE!, would FLOOR Speculators!

The Refinery Bottle-neck, is the Speculator's Dream!

Posted by: SAINT-The | August 4, 2008 6:48 PM

Barry O'Bomba-Nation is an Idiot when it comes to economics.

So is McAmnesty.

Coal to Oil Refineries, and even just ONE friggin Regular refinery would do so much more to help stabilize Gas Prices.

Another smart thing would be to Store up Refined Products that could be rotated. The very fact we had Surplus Amounts waiting in event of something like a HURRICANE!, would FLOOR Speculators!

The Refinery Bottle-neck, is the Speculator's Dream!

Posted by: SAINT-The | August 4, 2008 6:47 PM

tapping the oil reserves is a good patch, but still just a patch. i'd like to see from obama some real solution to the oil-price problem (which has become ours and the world's economic problem). see it from obama because mccain is siding with the gop in trying to pass one more scam for the oil industry with the ludicrous proposal to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. real solutions would involve giving the government more influence over the availability and price of oil when it becomes important to the economy and helping the people. www.straightrecord.com/oil suggested long ago to have the government build its own refinery. it could also do other things to compete with the oil industry where needed. let the private sector work, but where it doesn't the government needs to be able to step in.

Posted by: rapswork | August 4, 2008 6:39 PM

Bold agressive energy policy from Leader of the Whole Wide World... Obama... "community organizer " ; they must be lined up 20 deep with a bushel basket full of money looking for an experienced community organizer.
Out here in Montana we have community organizers too......we call them sheep dogs.

http://www.bluesteps.com/information/aescsearchfirmlist.aspx
WTF...this guy never had a job.

Posted by: rtfanning | August 4, 2008 6:32 PM

Apostasy. I've lived in NYC for several years and did get by without a car, but most cities in the U.S. are not like that. I grew up in Jersey city, moved to Charlotte NC, and am now living in Clover SC and couldn't do without a car in any of them. I know what your talking about but if we're going to get away from using oil plug-in cars are not going to do it. We need cars that can charge on the fly.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 4, 2008 6:30 PM

DisFisCon. Europe's price of fuel is alot higher but their cars get close to double the mileage ours do. Our mileage standards are set by the oil companies. We've been stuck in the stone age for the last twenty years. My 1972 6cyl.Nova gets better gas mileage than my 1994 6cyl. Ranger.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 4, 2008 6:10 PM

ApostasyUSA:

How are Congressional Democrats going to vote on anything "in the coming days", since they already went on vacation, too scared to even vote on off-shore drilling?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 6:02 PM

HemiHead

Commuters who benefit the most from hybrids usually commute from considerable distances from their suburban homes, where they p[ark there cars in there garages or driveways.

Usually if you live in the city you don't need the car.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 5:56 PM

To be honest with ya, both of them are stringing us along. I don't know what kind of plug-in Hybrid vehicle Obama's talking about, but how are people going to plug them in if they live in the city. You can't just run a cord out your door to where ever you can find a parking spot. Not to mention how much your electric bill is going to go up because of the higher use of coal. I don't get it because we already have the battery technology to have electric cars. The batteries are fast charging so why not use an engine the size of a lawn mower engine that runs on bio-fuel to keep it charged. Or we could make our fuel from Algae and run high mileage regular cars. The research I've seen says there's nothing out there that can produce more fuel per acre than algae. All you need is the start up money to build out the infrastructure. What do ya think.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 4, 2008 5:51 PM

Rahiq,
I can't believe you actually just posted that comment. Come back in 5 more years and try again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:47 PM

How are Congressional Democrats going to vote on anything in the coming days, since they went on vacation, too scared to vote on off-shore drilling?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 5:44 PM

You make it sound like "flip-flopping" is a bad thing. Politics is the art of compromise.

Consider if Bush wasn't so regimented and was willing to consider that maybe everything he attempted wasn't the best thing we might not be in such deep Kim Chee as we are.

A little flip flopping sometimes is a good thing.

Learn To Use The Flip-Flop Luke......Don't be Afraid of the Dark Side.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:43 PM

"Democrats support more drilling," he said."

"In fact, what the president hasn't told you is that the oil companies are already sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands with the potential to nearly double U.S. oil production. That is why in the coming days congressional Democrats will vote on "Use It or Lose It" legislation requiring the big oil companies to develop these resources or lose their leases to someone else who will."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,381263,00.html

Oh....the hypocrisy continues:

McCain's Power Outage

Contradictions and misstatements short-circuit McCain's energy policy pronouncements.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/142500

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 5:39 PM

I am amazed by what Senator Obama has accomplished. I have been in this country for 5 years and when I arrived I was struck at how poor and uneducated most blacks are. I could never figure out why most had children out of wedlock, sold drugs, and were in jail. I suppose it is the slave metality from generations ago but at some point they will have to take responsibility. I think that is the reason Senator Obama appeals to so many whites because he isn't 100% black. He has a black face but the mentality of a white person. That makes the vote palatable and they can feel good about themselves. I doubt many of these white voters would go for an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - just too black and they are for more representative of the black American - not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 4, 2008 5:39 PM

I'll vote for some broken down old tired Republican white old man warhouse with nothing new to say and only promises of continuing the same tired old fat cat policies that encourage the rich to get to get richer and the poor to get poorer long before I vote for an articulate, charismatic, well spoken guy with fresh ideas and purple lips.

Okay, on second thought, maybe the purple lips don't really matter.

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | August 4, 2008 5:36 PM

That was not the Fake JakeD @ 5:29PM.

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 5:32 PM

Ya gotta love it! The candidate for change just can't help but switch on every position he's ever ostensibly held! This must be a nightmare for the environmentally responsible Bama supporters - and his constant shifting has got to give even his most crazed supporters somethin to think about.

Posted by: kjuma d'mtumbeata | August 4, 2008 5:31 PM

The Planet of the Purple Lips.

Do we have to explain everything to you??

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:30 PM

How can McCain act it's hard for him to climb down steps.

Posted by: Fake JakeD | August 4, 2008 5:29 PM

What about the burning cop cars at the rally:

http://fiendfolio.blogspot.com/2008/08/burn-baby-burn.html

Posted by: carl | August 4, 2008 5:29 PM

I know you are but what am I?
I know you are but what am I?
I know you are but what am I?

Posted by: John S. McCain, candidate for President | August 4, 2008 5:28 PM

Obama is a man of action. McCain is frozen like a deer in the headlights.

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 5:26 PM

I was listening NPR of Friday afternoon and they played a clip of Barry Hussein responding to a man who just lost his job with Union Carbide. Do you know what he told him? He said he would put him to work building windmills! What planet is this man with the purple lips from anyway?

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | August 4, 2008 5:26 PM

Anon posty...

"McCain still hasn't offered any fuel relief with a time horizon of less than years of further pain by consumers."


The only "real" thing I heard John McCain talking about was the need for a better deep cycle battery.

We need that, but we need to do more to use electricity exclusively for power.....

And generate the electricity with renewable energy sources.

Sorry capitalists.

"You can't blame capitalism for more than you can give it credit for...."
ApostasyUSA

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 5:06 PM

FakeJakeD at 4:58 PM - STOP USING MY USERNAME!

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 5:06 PM

Anonymous at 4:51 PM:

Perhaps you missed John Sidney McCain III proposing a suspension of the federal gas tax ($0.184 per gallon) until Labor Day? I don't know about you, but I would have liked another drop of $0.184 per gallon ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 4:58 PM

Not ironically that was the FakeJake at 4:23 PM. =o)

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 4:53 PM

"After casting himself as a "Maverick" in 2000, the new John McCain is walking
in lockstep with President Bush, pandering to the right wing of the Republican
Party, and embracing the ideology he once denounced.... So just who is the real John McCain?"

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 4:14 PM

Notwithstanding his frequent flip-flops, McCain still hasn't offered any fuel relief with a time horizon of less than years of further pain by consumers.

Obama is proposing more immediate relief.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 4:51 PM

I am very disappointed to see Obama jumping on the "gas prices are too high" bandwagon. Europe very successfully operates with gas prices that are substantially higher than ours. The expectation of high and stable gas prices is the primary reason that we in the United States are seriously ratcheting up investment in alternative energy and conservation. Without high gas prices, the big 3 would still be cranking out Escalades, Expeditions, and Nitros as fast as possible, and we as consumers would be buying them up as fast as we could.
I agree that gas prices could use a little federal "interference" to stabilize them. We should be adjusting our tax policy and using the strategic petroleum reserve to gradually and predictably increase gas prices over the next 10 years from $4 per gallon to $7 or so.
I'm not opposed to a little interference by our government in the free market, but let's do it with some intelligence and with an eye to the long term. Government needs to provide a little leadership steering us away from fossil fuel dependence (notice I didn't say switching from foreign to domestic fossil fuel dependence) and toward some other approaches. I think that private industry and the American consumer, as a whole, have demonstrated that they don't / won't take the long view, so strong political leadership is required.
I will almost certainly vote for Obama anyway (look at the alternative), but I liked both him and McCain better when they were standing up to the temptation to pander a little better.

Posted by: DisFisCon | August 4, 2008 4:47 PM

There are many reasons we need to get rid of our country's inveterate addiction to oil........and to start thinking renewable.......... jobs, environment, energy independence from tyrannical leaders of the world.

Or we can just keep it the same and buy gas to build the roads and bridges in Canada instead, or help Saudi Arabia buy some more missiles for their army..........and continue to produce crappy gas guzzling trucks that no one can afford........while watching Toyota and Honda build and sell the cars Americans are increasingly interested in buying...............

We can continue to pay to inefficiently transmit electricity great distances from coal plants................while we dig and drill frivolously to catch up with demand for power, scaring our back yards with huge holes and stinky refineries.........

It's about time...........and slowly but surely..........the obstruction to this fight "Republicans", are a dwindling few.

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Posted by: getcentered | August 4, 2008 4:45 PM

Ironically, that was the fake JakeD at 3:30 PM ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 4:23 PM

April 2008: McCain Backtracks on Gas Tax Fix, Calls Is a "Psychological
Boost."

On "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Senator McCain was questioned about
the spiking price of oil and his gas tax plan, which has been criticized for
its efficacy, and was asked whether or not he was concerned that the price of
gas would spike back up to the amount of the tax. McCain said he was "very
concerned" about it, but that "psychologically - and a lot of our problems
today, as you know," he continued, "are psychological." McCain said that
"it's not a huge amount of money" and called his plan, "a little psychological
boost." In a speech days earlier Senator McCain had called his plan to
temporarily suspend federal gas taxes "an immediate economic stimulus."
[Your
World with Neil Cavuto, 4/16/08]

After casting himself as a "Maverick" in 2000, the new John McCain is walking
in lockstep with President Bush, pandering to the right wing of the Republican
Party, and embracing the ideology he once denounced. On the campaign trail
McCain has callously abandoned many of his previously held positions, even
contradicted himself, in a blatant attempt to remake himself into a candidate Republicans can accept in 2008.

So just who is the real John McCain?

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 4:14 PM

It's unfortunate that John McCain would distill everything to the lowest common denominators of national security and terrorist acts. For a person of Mr. McCain's age, having lived though the 1973 oil crisis, he has a very poor grasp of the underlying reason for the creation of the SPR in the mid-1970s. Is he just getting too old to remember, or is he living in a revisionist history?

Mr. McCain, sit down and read: The SPR was created in response to the OPEC oil embargo to mitigate the effects of temporary future supply disruptions. Acts of terrorism was not a specific rationale, although it's one of any number of factors that could disrupt supply and cause shortages and sudden price hikes. Oil tracking at over $120/bbl in such a historically short timespan IS indeed a national security issue, indeed a GLOBAL security issue. Open the taps! I'd love to see the speculative traders squirm as they have to abandon their massive call positions and on margin call day.

Posted by: DaveO | August 4, 2008 4:12 PM

Do you think John McCain has a little problem with women?

John McCain made this odious joke about Chelsea Clinton back in 98.

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.

Or how about this gem from his 1986 race for US Senate, as quoted in the Tucson Citizen:

"Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, 'Where is that marvelous ape?'"

I find rape jokes are always a sign of class, don't you?

Posted by: getcentered | August 4, 2008 4:03 PM

Kathy Hilton lashes out at McCain ad calling it a 'waste'

"I've been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses," Hilton, 49, told the Huffington Post.

"It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign," she said. "It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/08/03/2008-08-03_kathy_hilton_lashes_out_at_mccain_ad_cal.html

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 4, 2008 4:01 PM

Obama's New Energy for American speech is a must read! It is a call to arms. It ushers in the green industrial revolution of the 21st Century. Once again, we can become a producing nation, rather than merely a nation of consumers. Obama has meshed national security, energy, and jobs into one comprehensive plan to move the nation. Obama delineated very serious policies, not sound bites, for addressing the long-term and short-term issues that are having such a dramatic effect on people who are working and trying to make ends meet. Obama offers our nation new ideas and enthusiastic leadership to solve the massive issues that faced our nation. It has fired me up!

Posted by: Lydia | August 4, 2008 3:58 PM

Once again Barack Obama comes forward with do-nothing proposals that will do little to help real American oil executives. Tapping the strategic oil reserves will increase the supply side of supply-and-demand, and this will do nothing for the oil industry executives that contributed two million to the McCain campaign, or oil fortune families such as the McCain family, headed by oil fortune heiress Roberta McCain.

Know your place! McCain 2008!

Christina West
Women for John McCain
http://www.womenforjohnmccain.com/

Posted by: Christina West | August 4, 2008 3:46 PM

FINALLY A LEADER WE CAN COUNT ON. FLORIDA FOR OBAMA

Posted by: CHANGE | August 4, 2008 3:44 PM

My name is JakeD, HEAR MY ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and F-F-F-F-F-IRST!

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 3:30 PM

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