ST. PAUL – During the first day of John McCain’s convention, his party adopted its new platform. League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:
“With oil money paying for his convention and his campaign, it’s no surprise that John McCain that the Republicans continue to support policies that will deepen this country’s addiction.
“Not content to open up new areas for exploitation by ExxonMobil while maintaining billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the oil industry, the party’s platform takes on Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Refusing to accept that man-made greenhouse gas pollution from oil and other fossil fuels is causing global warming, the platform says the matter is subject to ‘on-going scientific research.’
“It is yet another sign that on the number one issue McCain touts to establish his maverick status — global warming — McCain is devolving into another George W. Bush. Last week, McCain tapped Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, who also said she doubts that global warming is caused by human activity. It is clear that global warming is not a top priority anymore for John McCain.
“The platform, written in part by a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, pushes for accelerated, harmful oil drilling and coal mining supported by nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin, and marginalizes the importance of renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal.
“If this platform sounds a lot like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s energy plan it is no coincidence. Big Oil wrote that one too. This platform is dramatically different from the visionary energy plan put forward by Senator Obama and adopted in Denver last week, which recognizes the enormous potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy to end our addiction to oil, strengthen our national security, fight global warming, and create millions of clean energy jobs across America.
“John McCain is standing on a party energy platform of big oil, by big oil and for big oil. We’ve had eight years of George W. Bush. This platform promises four more years and more of the same failed energy policy.”
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