From McCain’s prepared text we see the Arizona Senator easily top Palin’s lies (see “In her big speech, Palin repeats the GOP’s big energy lie — plus three other energy lies, too“):
My fellow Americans, when I’m President, we’re going to embark on the most ambitious national project in decades. We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much.
LIE #1: McCain has no plan to reduce oil imports — indeed, throughout his career he has explicitly rejected every plan that might reduce oil imports substantially, including fuel economy standards, biofuels, and renewables. Heck, he even rejected the plan offered by billionaire conservative oilman T. Boone Pickens to aggressively deploy clean energy and alternative fuels over the next ten years (see The real, Luddite McCain: “The truly clean technologies don’t work”).
We will attack the problem on every front.
LIE #2: This is, of course, the GOP’s Big Energy Lie, widely debunked (see “The Big Energy Lie — Blog round-up“).
We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them now.
LIE #3: No, we won’t drill them now. We might drill these new wells in 10 years, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration expert on offshore drilling explained to me (see “The cruel offshore-drilling hoax, Part 1“).
We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas.
LIE #4: McCain has fought against wind and solar and alternative energy for his entire career because he genuinely but mistakenly believes “The truly clean technologies don’t work” (see “Anti-wind McCain delivers climate remarks at foreign wind company” and “Why McCain hates renewables but pretends he loves them.”)