The text of Obama’s convention speech has been released. Here is what he said about energy:
And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.
Washington’s been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.
Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.
As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy – wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.
America, now is not the time for small plans.
B+, I think.
FRIDAY a.m. UPDATE: My apologies for the confusion on the grade — I dashed this off right before going to sleep. I meant B+ on the energy content (mainly because he didn’t add a sentence or two on global warming, though I suppose you could argue that Gore handled that).
The whole speech was easily A+. I just heard two famous conservative speechwriters, Peggy Noonan and Pat Buchanan, rave about the speech (on Today show and Morning Joe). Buchanan said it was one of the greatest convention speeches of all time.
To those commenters who are less happy about the speech, I’d say three things:
- The fact that he had Al Gore speak right before him and lay out the climate and energy story, should be incredibly heartening. You can be sure that you won’t hear any of that in Minneapolis.
- The fact that he can so inspire people means that when he turns his serious attention to climate and energy as President, we may actually for the first time take serious action.
- You have to win first to get progressive policies enacted. If you have any doubts about the seriousness of his energy proposals, read “A real energy plan for America: Efficiency now, 10% renewables by 2012, and one million plug-in hybrids by 2015.”