McCain talks energy on the campaign trail; Obama endorsed by Gore
While campaigning last week, presidential candidate John McCain laid out energy ideas galore. In a big energy speech, McCain called for lifting the federal ban on offshore drilling, and also boosted renewables and conservation. McCain also released a new climate-focused ad aiming to distance himself from President Bush -- just before Bush also called for lifting the offshore-drilling moratorium. Also in speeches last week, McCain called for 45 new nuclear reactors in the U.S. by 2030, more flex-fuel vehicles, equal federal support to all forms of ethanol, better enforcement of existing fuel-efficiency standards, and a $300 million prize for a drastically improved electric car battery. For his part, Barack Obama last week called for closer regulation of oil speculators, criticized McCain's offshore-drilling shift, and secured the endorsement of the Sierra Club, United Steelworkers, and Al Gore.