Energy Independence

Nuclear Power

Power, especially electricity, the source of which is nuclear fission or fusion.

While Running for President in 2007, Obama Supported Nuclear Power:

Obama: “I actually think that we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix. There are no silver bullets to this issue.” (CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

Obama In September 2007: “I Don’t Think That We Can Take Nuclear Power Off The Table”:

Obama: “I don’t think that we can take nuclear power off the table. What we have to make sure of is that we have the capacity to store it properly and safely, and that we reduce whatever threats might come from terrorism.” (Sen. Barack Obama, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Hanover, NH, 9/26/07)

But in December, Obama Said He Was Not a Proponent of Nuclear Power:



Obama:
“I start off with the premise that nuclear energy is not optimal. I am not a nuclear energy proponent.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Town Hall Event, Newton, IA, 12/30/07)

Obama Criticized The Energy Policy That He Voted For:

Obama Criticized How Special Interests Drive Energy Policy.

Obama: “When Bush assigned Cheney to create energy policy, he met with the environmental groups once, the renewable energy groups once, he met with the oil and gas companies 40 times. Washington has become so dominated by the powerful, by the well-connected, that the voices of the American people are no longer heard.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Detroit, MI, 6/16/08)

But Obama Voted For The 2005 Bush/Cheney Energy Bill:

Obama Voted For The 2005 Energy Bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #152: Motion Agreed To 92-4: R 53-1; D 38-3; I 1-0, 6/23/05, Obama Voted Yea; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #158: Passed 85-12: R 49-5; D 35-7; I 1-0, 6/28/05, Obama Voted Yea; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Adopted 74-26: R 49-6; D 25-19; I 0-1, 7/29/05, Obama Voted Yea)

John McCain Voted Against The 2005 Energy Bill, Opposing The Legislation’s “Handouts To Big Business And Oil Companies”:

McCain Voted Against The 2005 Energy Bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #152: Motion Agreed To 92-4: R 53-1; D 38-3; I 1-0, 6/23/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #158: Passed 85-12: R 49-5; D 35-7; I 1-0, 6/28/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Adopted 74-26: R 49-6; D 25-19; I 0-1, 7/29/05, McCain Voted Nay)

McCain Criticized The 2005 Energy Bill’s “Handouts To Big Business And Oil Companies,” Calling Them Irresponsible.


McCain:
“This bill does little to address the immediate energy crisis we face in this country. The handouts to big business and oil companies are irresponsible and will be disastrous for people of Arizona. I cannot in good conscience, vote to pass legislation that does not adequately address issues related to energy efficiency, security, and energy independence.” (Sen. John McCain, “McCain, Kyl Say No To Flawed Energy Bill,” Press Release, 6/28/05)

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