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Synopsis: Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama's focus at this town hall meeting was again on New Energy For America. As he started his address he was interrupted by someone that insisted he lead the Pledge of Allegiance... (read more)
Right now, our brave men and women in uniform are fighting two different wars while terrorists plot their next attack. Our changing climate is placing our planet in peril. Our economy is in turmoil. Families are struggling with rising costs. We are in difficult times right now. We know this election could be the most important of our lifetime. We know the choices we make in November and over the next few years will shape not just our future, but the next generation and one of those critical challenges is what are we going to do about our addition to foreign oil.
Without a doubt, this addiction is one of the most urgent threats this nation has ever faced - from the gas prices that are wiping out your paychecks and straining businesses and costing jobs and on the national front it causes instability. It is causing record drought and spreading famine that could engulf our planet. So we have to ask ourselves how did we get to this point where we have this energy crisis we are facing.
You won't hear me say this too often, but I agree with John McCain when he said 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."
Obama attacked George Bush's energy policy and the big oil companies and the money John McCain received from the oil companies after proposing off-shore drilling.
The choice we face is do we have an economy that works from the bottom up or the top down, do we have a health plan that covers everybody and lowers cost or one that is good for the insurance companies and drug companies, we face a choice for someone that will make college more affordable or someone who does not, someone who believes in raising the minimum wage or someone who does not, someone who believes in equal pay for equal work. That is the choice you face in this election. You need someone that will fight for you and that is the reason I am running for President of the United States of America.
Do you want a George Bush third term which is what you will get with John McCain.
I want to provide every single family a $1,000 energy rebate and pay for it by a windfall profit tax on some of these big oil companies.
I also believe that in the short-term, as we transition to renewable energy, we can and should increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas. But we should start by telling the oil companies to drill on the 68 million acres they currently have access to but haven't touched.
If I am President, I will 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. To do this, we will invest $150 billion over the next decade and leverage billions more in private capital to build a new energy economy that harnesses American energy and creates five million new American jobs. Jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced.
Put one million plug-in cars on the road in six years that gets 150 miles-per-gallon we'll give consumers a $7,000 tax credit to buy these vehicles. But most importantly, I'll provide $4 billion in loans and tax credits to American auto plants and manufacturers so that they can re-tool their factories and build these cars. That's how we'll not only protect our auto industry and our auto workers, but help them thrive in a 21st century economy. Number two we will double the amount of energy that comes from renewable sources by the end of my first term. In addition, we'll find safer ways to use nuclear power and store nuclear waste and use coal more effectively so it will not pollute. As we develop new sources of energy and electricity, we will also need to modernize our national utility grid so that it's accommodating to new sources of power.
He talks about inflating tires to save energy.
In just ten years, these steps will produce enough renewable energy to replace all the oil we import from the Middle East. Along with the cap-and-trade program I've proposed, we will reduce our dangerous carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and slow the warming of our planet. And we will create five million new jobs in the process.