DNC - Senator McCain Watch: With Bush and Big Oil against Rewnewable Energy and New Energy Jobs

Washington, DC- Yesterday in California McCain once again paid lip service to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil, but his record doesn't bear out his proclaimed commitment to energy independence. McCain has consistently voted with Bush and Big Oil and against renewable energy and new energy jobs.

In Nevada today, McCain will have to answer for his poor record on new energy jobs. McCain has voted against the kind of tax incentives that would promote investments in renewable energy and create new energy jobs consistently. Last year McCain opposed legislation that would have extended the renewable energy production tax credit, putting an estimated 116,000 American jobs at risk -- including more than 76,000 in the wind industry and 40,000 in the solar industry.

Real investment in alternative energy could build an entire new industry and thousands of new businesses - as well as millions of new jobs that can't be outsourced. Instead McCain is offering four more years of the same failed Bush policies that put breaks for Big Oil before investment in new energy jobs and long-term solutions to the energy crisis.

McCain says he's committed to renewable energy, but his real commitment is to Bush and Big Oil.


Recent Study Concluded More than 116,000 Jobs Could be Lost If the Tax Credit is Not Extended
. A 2008 economic study by Navigant Consulting found that "over 116,000 U.S.jobs and nearly $19 billion in U.S.investment could be lost in just one year if renewable energy tax credits are not renewed by Congress… The study concluded that over 76,000 jobs are put at risk in the wind industry, and approximately 40,000 jobs in the solar industry." [Forbes, 12/13/07]

2006: McCain Voted Against Extending The Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit And Over $290 For Renewable Energy Research.
McCain voted against an amendment to extend 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. Obama: Y, McCain: N [2006 Senate Vote #42, 3/14/2006]

McCain Missed Key Votes On Extending Renewable Energy Tax Credits.
McCain missed numerous votes in 2007 and 2008 on tax credits for renewable energy, due to his busy campaign schedule. Several of the votes he missed on extending existing tax credits failed by just a few votes. [2007 Senate Vote #98, 3/22/2007; 2007 Senate Vote #223, 6/21/2007; 2007 Senate Vote #416, 12/7/2007; 2008 Senate Vote #8, 2/6/2008]

McCain Repeatedly Voted Against Tax Credits For Renewable Energy Production.
McCain voted against several amendments aimed at encouraging renewable energy production. [2006 Senate Vote #42, 3/14/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #158, 6/28/2005; 2001 Senate Vote #125, 5/21/2001]

McCain Voted Against Major Energy Legislation Providing $18 Billion In Energy Related Tax Incentives.
McCain voted against the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The bill would overhaul the nation's energy policy and provide for approximately $18 billion in energy-related tax incentives. [2005 Senate Vote #158, 6/28/2005]

McCain voted against an amendment to establish tax credits for investments in renewable energy technologies, incentives for new energy efficient residential construction and tax deductions for increased energy efficiency in commercial buildings. [2001 Senate Vote #125, 5/21/2001]


McCain Missed Vote To Require Utilities To Produce 20 Percent Of Energy From Renewable Sources.
M cCain missed a vote on an amendment that would require utilities to produce 20 percent of their electricity from clean or renewable energy sources by 2020 in favor of an alternative amendment would require utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. [2007 Senate Vote #211, 6/14/2007]

McCain Voted Repeatedly Against Establishing National Renewable Energy Standards.
McCain voted against an amendment that would mandate that renewable energy sources must produce at least 10 percent of the electricity sold by electric utilities by 2020, a minimum of 2.5 percent must be produced beginning 2008 through 2011. [2005 Senate Vote #141, 6/16/2005; 2002 Senate Vote #50, 3/14/2002; 2002 Senate Vote #55, 3/21/2002; 2002 Senate Vote #59, 3/21/2002]

2007: McCain Missed Vote On Passage Of 2007 Energy Policy Legislation.
McCain missed a vote on passage of the energy bill that would overhaul national energy policies and increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy. [2007 Senate Vote #226, 6/21/2007]

Energy Legislation Mandated Higher CAFE Standards, Increased Use Of Biofuels, And New Energy Efficiency Standards. McCain missed a vote on passage of the energy bill that would overhaul national energy policies and increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The bill would make petroleum price gouging a federal crime in a "national energy emergency" and subject the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to U.S.antitrust laws. It would mandate the use of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022, create new efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings and promote new energy technologies. It also would require the annual use of 15 billion gallons of biofuels by 2015, encourage carbon sequestration research and direct the State Department to pursue strategic partnerships with major energy-consuming and energy-producing nations. [2007 Senate Vote #226, 6/21/2007]


McCain's "Mixed Record" On The Environment Includes Votes Against Tougher Fuel Efficiency Standards And Incentives For Renewable Energy
."In speeches on the campaign trail, Mr. McCain frequently highlights the threat of climate change, but he has a mixed record on the environment in the Senate. In recent years he has pushed legislation to curb emissions that contribute to climate change, but he has missed votes on toughening fuel economy standards and has opposed tax breaks meant to encourage alternative energy… Leaders of several environmental groups were also sharply critical and noted Mr. McCain's Senate votes against incentives for energy conservation and alternative energy sources like wind and solar power." [New YorkTimes, 5/13/2008]

WSJ: "McCain's Environmental Voting Record Is More Complicated Than He Portrays."
"Overall, Sen. McCain's environmental voting record is more complicated than he portrays it. In July 2003, he voted against Democrats' proposal to raise fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks to 40 miles a gallon by 2015. In June 2005, he voted against a congressional proposal to establish a renewable-electricity standard of 10% by 2020. In December, he was the only senator to miss a vote on whether to funding extension of tax credits for renewable energy by eliminating billions of dollars in tax deductions for oil companies." [Wall Street Journal, 5/12/2008]

Washington Post: McCain's Record Offers Voters Contradictory Positions On The Environment."
But an examination of McCain's voting record shows an inconsistent approach to the environment: He champions some "green" causes while casting sometimes contradictory votes on others. The senator from Arizonahas been resolute in his quest to impose a federal limit on greenhouse gas emissions, even when it means challenging his own party. But he has also cast votes against tightening fuel-efficiency standards and resisted requiring public utilities to offer a specific amount of electricity from renewable sources." [WashingtonPost, 5/12/2008]

McCain Opposed $290 Million For R&D On Renewable Energy, Including Wind Power.
McCain voted against an amendment to extend 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, 3/14/2006]

McCain Cast Deciding Vote to Cut Funding For the Rural Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program From $23 Million To $3 Million.
McCain voted for a motion to concur in the House amendment with the Senate amendment on the bill that made changes to programs for a net savings of $39.7 billion over five years. [2005 Senate Vote #363, 12/21/2005]


What Gets Cut? "Totally Legitimate" Programs That "Began Life" As An Earmark. According to the Wall Street Journal's "WahingtonWire," McCain often rails against "earmarks" on the campaign trail as a means to cutting big government, and now presumably to pay for his tax cuts, but his real intention is to cut $95 billion that 'began life as an earmark,' much of which would be "totally legitimate spending that has been properly authorized through normal budget procedures." [WashingtonWire, 4/16/08, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/04/16/mccain-proposes-deep-federal-spending-cuts/?mod=WSJBlog]
McCain Opposed Project To WestStart's Vehicular Flywheel Project.
McCain opposed "$1.5 million for WestStart's Vehicular Flywheel Project in the State of Washington….One of the unfortunate aspects about an appropriations bill is that quite often, or most of the time, there is not an explanation. As I remember flywheel projects, it seems to me that was a perpetual motion machine. But it is something on which I think we should continue to make an effort. So we have decided to gift WestStart's-I don't know who WestStart's is. I know they are located in the State of Washington-$1.5 million to continue that effort." [Congressional Record, 1/23/03]

WestStart Project Could Cut Diesel Fuel Use In Half.
"Sen. Murray announces appropriation for flywheel hybrid vehicle system with potential to reduce diesel emissions by 90% and diesel fuel consumption by 50%. AFS Trinity Power Corporation's hybrid bus and truck program to cut particulate emissions by 90% has received an additional $1 million government award and has become more urgent as evidence mounts that diesel emission particulates may be the number one cause of lung damage in urban areas, the company announced today. The new, flywheel-based hybrid vehicle system is also expected to cut fuel consumption in half, the company said" [AFS Trinity Press Rlease Via Business Wire, 2/5/04, http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040205005214&newsLang=en]

McCain Opposed Research On Electric Vehicles.
McCain ranted, "The bill includes unrequested plus-ups in excess of $42 million for automotive and combat vehicle technology research, including research on vehicle composites, electric drives, and battery recharging." [Congressional Record, 7/11/97]