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Obama campaign stops in Ohio

August 6, 2008
By RON SELAK JR. (Special to The Review)
AUSTINTOWN — Long-term work on renewable energy sources and hybrid cars is part of the energy plan U.S. Sen. Barack Obama says will end America’s dependence on imported oil in the next decade. The Illinois Democrat told a supportive crowd Tuesday in Austintown that to accomplish his goal, the U.S. economy is going to need a complete transformation. ‘‘We all know this is one our greatest challenges of all time,’’ he said. New, clean energy policy is the path to help find relief for Americans — the mother spending less on groceries to fill her gas tank or the laid-off worker unable to fill his car so he can look for a job — by creating jobs and a tax incentive package revolving around renewable energy sources. Among his short-term proposals are selling oil from federal reserves, allowing limited drilling on millions of acres leased by oil companies and giving working families a $1,000 energy rebate. Long term, he wants to invest $150 billion to create a new energy economy that he says would create 5 million jobs. Included in the proposal was continued research and development into fuel-efficient vehicles — he wants to see 1 million electric hybrid cars on the road and a $7,000 credit to purchase those vehicles. Obama attacked presumed Republican nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain’s plan, saying it offers no significant investments in alternative energy and doesn’t ease record gasoline prices. ‘‘He’s offering a gas tax holiday that will pay oil company profits and save you, at best, half a tank of gas over the course of an entire summer. And he’s offering $4 billion more in tax breaks to the biggest oil companies in America, including $1.2 billion to Exxon Mobil, a company that just recorded the largest profit in the history of the United States,’’ Obama said. ‘‘Sen. McCain not only wants oil companies to keep every dime of that money, he wants to give them more. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s the change we need,’’ Obama said. In an e-mailed response from McCain’s camp, his spokesman Tucker Bounds said the Arizona senator did not support the president’s energy plan, but Obama voted for the 2005 energy bill. ‘‘While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to offshore drilling and is also opposed to admitting that he voted for the same corporate giveaways for big oil that he’s campaigning against today,’’ Bounds said. ‘‘It underscores that Barack Obama isn’t being straightforward with voters and has bad judgment Americans can’t afford right now.’’ In 10 years, Obama says, his proposal would break America’s addiction to foreign oil, reduce carbon emissions and create millions of jobs. Obama also endorsed greater health care for veterans, saying it’s necessary to catch mental health issues quickly. The presumptive Democratic nominee’s next stop Tuesday was in Berea, where he planned on further discussing his energy plan for America.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama reaches out to greet the people at the end of his Town Hall meeting Tuesday in Austintown (Photo by R. Michael Semple/Special to The Review)

 
 

 

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