DNC - McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and Jobs

Washington, DC--When talking about American workers on a recent visit to Ohio, John McCain said that he would "commit to giving these workers a second chance. They need it, they deserve it." But the reality is Senator McCain says no to jobs in Ohio by opposing common-sense policies that would create jobs and help the American worker. Senator McCain has voted against renewable energy initiatives in the Senate that would create green jobs all across the country. And his gas tax gimmick, which would do little to solve our energy problems, would cost Ohio nearly 9,000 jobs. [New York Times, 4/23/08]

It's no surprise then that the American people don't trust Senator McCain on economic issues. And with the economy continuing to slide as thousands of workers lose their jobs each month, Americans don't want another president who will turn his back on them.

McCain's Gas Tax Suspension Proposal Would Cost Ohio More Than $255 Million In Federal Highway Funds And More Than 8,900 In Highway-Related Job Losses. According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, McCain's gas tax suspension plan would cost Ohio $255,921,209 in federal highway funds and 8,901 in highway-related job losses. ["Cost of Proposal to Suspend the Gas Tax," American Road & Transportation Builders Association]

McCain Voted Against The 2005 Energy Bill that Contributed to a Dramatic Increase in Wind Power. McCain voted against the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which, as USA Today noted, contributed to a dramatic increase in wind power generation: "The U.S. wind power grew 45% in 2007, the sharpest rise since the 1980s, as developers responded to a federal tax credit, a growing number of state renewable energy mandates and global warming concerns, the American Wind Energy Association said Thursday. … The main reason for the robust growth is a federal tax credit of 2 cents per kilowatt hour of energy produced, says analyst Stow Walker of Cambridge Energy Research Associates. The tax credit lowers a developer's costs to about 7 cents per kilowatt hour, placing wind costs on par with coal-fired plants. Congress approved the tax credit in the 2005 energy bill, and it expires at the end of 2008." [2005 Senate Vote 213, 7/29/05; 2008 Senate Vote 212, 7/29/05, USA Today, 1/17/08]

Ohio Can Create 3,100 Jobs Through Wind Power Alone By 2020. The Toledo Blade reported "Environment Ohio issued a report that claimed Ohio can create 3,100 jobs through wind power alone by 2020, plus add $3.7 billion to the state's salary base, $8.2 billion to its gross national product, and $1.5 billion in property tax revenue by then. All of that, the group said, could be done while supplementing the income of rural landowners by $200 million and avoiding tons of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas associated with global warming." [Toledo Blade, 8/26/07]

McCain Voted Against A Measure To Provide $290 Million For Renewable Energy R&D On Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass, Hydropower; The Measure Also Sought to Extended The Renewable Energy Production Credit. McCain voted against extending the renewable energy production tax credit and clean renewable energy bonds programs for four years including $290 million for renewable energy R&D on Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower. [2006 Senate Vote 42, 3/14/06]