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McCain Wants to End Oil Dependence


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Michigan is likely to be one of the big battlegrounds in this year's presidential race, and both candidates are preparing to wage war with their own take on the issue of oil and the auto industry. Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, pulled the wraps off his own plans this week, promising to break America's dependence on oil.

Among other things, the Arizona Senator says he'll set tough new mileage targets for automakers, tax credits designed to encourage buyers to opt for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to battery developers.

"The unwise policies of our government have left America's energy future in the control of others," McCain declared, during a Fresno, California, campaign stop, in a swipe at Congress and the Bush Administration. "We're going to produce more, conserve more, and invent more," McCain added. "And to a large extent, this strategy hinges on innovations in the cars and trucks we drive."

But the candidate's proposals drew criticism, as well, from his presumed Democratic opponent, Barack Obama. The Illinois Senator accused McCain of "tinkering at the edges," rather than addressing the oil issue head-on.

Advisers insist McCain is looking for a range of solutions, rather than favoring any single alternative. But one of the more significant parts of his speech outlined plans to use a proposed $300 million award to encourage the development of battery technology "that has the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars."

Among the many oil alternatives under development, McCain said he sees ethanol-based E85 as one of the most ready fixes to the nation's petroleum fixation.

Meanwhile, he proposed a $5,000 credit for consumers who buy vehicles producing no carbon dioxide emissions.

Sounding a tough note, the Republican said there is no longer time to wait for solutions to come along. "Whether it takes a meeting with automakers during my first month in office, or my signature on an act of Congress, we will meet the goal of a swift conversion of American vehicles away from oil."
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  1. Politics as usual. I'm in the early 40's and i've heard that many times. During the first campaign of Bill Clinton, cars werw suposed to get 80 miles per gallon in 2002 !!! To be independant, we must use energy wisely like the japanese do.
     
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  2. McCain is the only way to go.
    With two [2] wars on going ,
    All of Africa practicing some form or another of war profiteering
    REPUBLICANS have and are an `INTRINSIC Mind Set `OF ~~WAR' : they have always been HAWKISH!..
    OIL and Fuel Economy, a "" SMOKE" screen in one sense, a diversion of another sense.
    The!! : Nineteen Thirty Nine {1939} WORLDS-FAIR promised the WORLD : FIFTY [50] and One Hundred[100] Mile per gallon cars to My Parents , Grand-Parents and Uncles..
    FALSE HOPE PIPE DREAMLIESSUBTERFUGE `WE` {oil-business etc} JUST want to jack the price as high as we like for as long as we like.
    Than there is always the= NEFARIOUS = Illegal aspect of all business that are in todays terminology: == ""EMBEDDED"" !!.
    They are not going away any time soon. Least of all with BILLIONS upon BILLIONS being BLINDLY THROWN AT TWO[2] WAR!.
    YA! think That after nearly Seventy[70] years of {PROMISING} high mile per gallon cars that they would deliver : ????; I seriously doubt they ever will.
    Alas: The manure has a NEW and IMPROVED high TECH. delivery,Internet, TV, Radio[wait radio was availabel-tv was new ].
    The AUTO industry, Big Oil, any thing to do with there money,
    Are not going to deliver any thing that is not acceptable mileage, base on there bottom line.,
    Asking for Battery MONEY: well I could hear the MOANING and GROANING while off line and the power out{internet off}.
    Keep dream[ing] : welcome to Americas the LAND of dreams and how fast they can be diminished and wiped off the face of the earth if it[dream]!: is not of the PREVAILING MONETARY MINDSETS!.
     
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  3. Its not going to change, Ther all in it together. they dont want a change......bs!
     
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  4. Energy independence should NEVER be the goal. ECON LITERATE people should have MAXIMIZING US GROWTH as a goal instead.
    IN ADDITION, US energy independence is unachieveble EVEN at a huge cost today.
     
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  5. SO MR. MC CAIN, WANT'S TO END OUR OIL DEPENDENCE. THIS SHOULD MEAN WE FIND DIFFERENT FUEL SOURCES, NOT TO DRILL FOR MORE OIL.
    The government of Japan is lending strong support to the fuel cell technology. In fact, it is already pledged $309 million per year for research into fuel cell development. It also plans that are least, 25% of all Japanese homes will be hydrogen powered by 2020.
    SO WHAT IS YOUR PLAN MR. MC CAIN ????
     
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