McCain’s Slick Talk Express

Our guest blogger is Daniel J. Weiss, a Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The McCain campaign just released an ad claiming that Gov. Palin (R-AK) “took on Big Oil.”

Watch it:

In fact, Palin is a champion for Big Oil. And in Sen. McCain’s acceptance speech tonight, he will repeat the lines used by Big Oil in their own public relations campaigns:

— “Energy independence” by drilling everywhere, even in protected places.

— Support for more alternative energy without effective commitments.

— Eventual reduction in global warming pollution.

He repeatedly made these points over the past two plus months.

This speech will attempt to obscure the facts that tell the real story of a McCain-Palin Administration:

Denial of science. When asked about global warming, his running mate, Gov. Palin, said, “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

Opposition to clean energy. McCain missed all eight critical clean energy votes over the past year and voted against a renewable electricity standard four times since 2002.

False promises. Drilling everywhere will not reduce oil or gasoline prices. The Department of Energy determined that drilling in the outer continental shelf “would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices.”

Big Oil subsidies. McCain would provide $39 billion in new and existing subsidies and handouts to big oil over the next five years.

Choosing Big Oil before clean energy. McCain announced that he would have cast the deciding vote against the extension of tax incentives for wind, solar, and efficiency in December 2007 and February 2008. That bill would have eliminated $13 billion in existing tax breaks for big oil.

Fueled by Big Oil. McCain’s campaign is run by oil industry lobbyists, and has taken over $1.5 million from the oil industry.

So McCain’s clean energy flourishes tonight are all pomp but no circumstance. His record shows that he supports the Big Oil agenda along with the Bush Administration and Governor Palin. His “energy independence” proposals would only yield more profits for Big Oil, and his mention of clean alternative energy is nothing more than a talking point.

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