McCain, Obama, and the 2005 Energy Bill

Posted: May 12, 2008 1:36 PM
Sam Stein has an interesting post up over at Huffington Post, regarding a speech McCain is making today at a wind power plant. 

As Stein notes, McCain voted against the 2005 energy bill.  Obama supported it.  I think it's worth reiterating that that bill was not well-received by environmentalists, and that it was also regarded as pork-laden.  It also promoted a vast increase in the use of ethanol -- a product Obama has strongly supported -- in spite of its apparent negative environmental and third-world hunger-related effects.  

It also wasn't popular in Oregon.  The Oregonian had this to say about it: "Congress stages a depressing retreat, ditching the most meaningful conservation measures and embracing old-fashioned subsidies that fail to reverse U.S. dependence on foreign oil."  (From a July 2005 editorial.)

Oregon voters should consider Obama's support of this bill -- which pleased neither conservatives nor environmental extremists -- when casting their votes.