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Say they won't solve our problem.
And that its -- not real.
We know it.
But you can barely make it out of course Senator John McCain talking to reporters after his tour.
On an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico the presidential candidate clearly yes if you could hear it.
Firing a shot at his competitor senator Barack Obama -- the Obama camp released a statement in response to senator McCain's visit.
And of course it doesn't mince words it says club.
For three decades as our energy crisis -- decision making in Washington.
-- been rigged against our national interest and the interest of American consumers.
And for all all saddened that long Senator McCain has been part of the problem for decades -- -- still with the big oil companies and voted against.
The development of the alternative energy wean me so how will Senator McCain react -- -- -- challenge at all.
-- -- that and more let's -- McCain economic spokesman Taylor Griffin coming to us from McCain headquarters welcome happy hour Taylor.
Rebecca thank for having me.
All right Erica and I here are gonna ask you -- you know happen.
You know I think these from Obama's camp does bring up some good points in a -- picking sides here but they do say.
It says Senator McCain has been there in Washington for many many years and yet we still don't have.
Alternative sources of energy like nuclear like wind like solar.
Take your choice you now and now all of a sudden that's what he's pushing -- do you respond.
Well yeah I think.
That the problems in Washington is one of the big arguments for senator McCain's candidacy this is why we need to move.
To someone like Senator McCain who can show leadership committee can bring people together and hit a proven record of doing so to -- He had all the years Brian Taylor -- all these years to do it.
Why did he do it before.
Well Senator McCain is one senator but he's running to be present the United States and as president of the United States he will have the ability.
To really be able to do this and to.
And into into secure our energy future for the 21 century he -- Senator Obama has been in the senate you know just three short years and he's managed.
Today very little in that time.
And now -- president he's only proposing a litany of half measures they wouldn't really.
Take us where we need to go to make sure that we are energy independent in the future and that we can bring down these high gas prices they're hurting American family.
Why -- so take us through this process a little bit at first Obama was against drilling and then later on he said he would be for drilling and then all of a sudden.
He threw in a bunch of tax.
You know pulling out the windfall profits tax tax credits oil company he loaded up with a lot of tax kind of negatives that the oil companies.
Here's the big question for me -- -- old Nancy Pelosi.
A vote on drilling if Obama comes out says -- for.
I don't know I don't think Obama will come out in space for it I mean wasn't -- the guy.
Mean you can look at statement after statement after statement he said to drilling isn't the right thing to do that he's he's he's he's mocked Senator McCain for his support for drilling.
And Senator McCain has said look we have seven all of the above approach to energy we -- drilling alone won't help.
And what -- drilling alone won't solve the problem.
But drilling in conjunction with a range of alternatives.
Drilling a -- conjunction with -- -- power with win with solar with moving towards electric vehicles this is how we solve the energy problem.
What many -- -- also with that they had taken away the big tax breaks for oil companies because there they're making billions already.
What about that -- well Senator Obama actually voted for some big tax breaks early I don't think that you don't Senator McCain energy you don't hear candidate with -- -- -- -- The Senator McCain is is it is for is it -- to be windfall profits tax that Senator Obama supports I mean essentially that's just attacks on oil prices.
Because the oil producers are just gonna pass that tax going to the consumers.
I know I I understand that did the -- but I mean is -- for taking away the tax breaks for that -- that oil companies get right now the big oil companies they -- -- the talented unaudited the ones in the 2005.
I don't know I'm just saying even if he Ford taking away the tax breaks for big -- yes.
Yes they might have to admit that tax breaks in the 2005 energy bill Senator McCain now believes that they should you.
Okay let's talk about all of the above for a second you mentioned all of the above innate understanding the drilling alone won't solve it'll help but won't solve it what else are you -- it.
We have that we have to look in the -- one of the things that we need to do is we need to look at our transportation infrastructure for the long term.
Currently we're fueling all our automobiles or 101 going gasoline.
That is not sustainable through the future and one of the big problems we have right now is that we can't go into an electric car sort of culture because we've.
Hit a plateau with battery technology.
So we need to have incentives to develop the next generation.
Batteries they can help to predict the transfers to electric automobiles which we can power through clean sources like new killer plant like -- Taylor plants clean coal technology Sandra.
Well consider McCain -- -- -- to do that.
We're running out of time I just want to tell me it's absolutely against drilling -- it's just something that he hasn't gotten to -- -- it is it a possibility.
You'd be open to drilling and mark maybe the Barnett shelves and the other.
Western shale reserves.
Well I think Senator McCain is is is focused on the -- -- kind of felt throwing right now.
All right Taylor Griffin McCain energy economic spokesperson.
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