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McCain hits Obama on energy (again)

From NBC's Katie Mulhall and Domenico Montanaro
McCain will go after Obama during his visit to a nuclear power plant in Newport, Mich. There, according to prepared remarks, McCain will say:

"Solving our national energy crisis requires an 'all of the above' approach. That will require aggressive development of alternative energies like wind, solar, tidal and bio-fuels. It also requires expanding traditional sources of energy like off shore drilling, clean coal, and nuclear power like the power produced at this plant here in Michigan. Sen. Obama has said that expanding our nuclear power plants 'doesn't make sense for America.' He also says no to nuclear storage and reprocessing. I couldn't disagree more. I have proposed a plan to build additional nuclear plants. That means new jobs, and that means new energy.  If we want to enable the technologies of tomorrow like plug-in electric cars, we need electricity to plug into. 

"Now, nuclear power alone is not enough.  Drilling alone is not enough.  We need to do all this and more.  That is why I am calling for an "all of the above" approach. I am also calling on Congress to come back into session to deal with this pressing energy challenge. I am prepared to take time off the campaign trail and I hope Senator Obama is too. It is time for America to get serious about energy independence.  Our nation is sending $700 billion overseas every year to countries that don't like us very much.  When I'm president that's going to stop.  We're going to achieve energy independence, and we're going to do it by using every resource at our disposal to get the job done."

The McCain campaign also continued its attacks during a conference call that Obama has said "no" to all new sources of domestic energy production, and is only just now putting forth a plan.  

McCain economic adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin hit Obama for now saying he would "go along with a compromise" that included off-shore drilling, adding "going along is what brought us here to begin with," and "caused Obama to vote for Bush-Cheney energy bill in 2005."

On the Strategic Petroleum Reserve: The camp also called Obama's recent proposal to temporarily tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve "ludicrous," and said "the Strategic Petroleum Reserve exists to protect against physical disruptions," and that opening it would only lead to "temporary exposure to more of a terrorist disruption." 

Also on the call, Brecksville, Ohio, mayor Jerry Hruby called McCain's energy policies "a breath of fresh air." He attacked Obama's opposition to new coal-fired power plants, saying he was "rejecting a very good way of promoting new energy sources," and new jobs in Ohio.