August 7th, 2008
04:55 PM ET

Can Obama or McCain solve energy problems?

Obama and McCain outline energy plans to voters troubled by rising gas prices. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With $4-a-gallon gasoline on the minds of many voters, Barack Obama and John McCain are tripping over each another to address energy issues.

It's something that touches almost every American, since higher gas prices inflate the cost of food, transportation, you name it. And, our dependence on foreign oil raises national security concerns. So what is the next president going to do about it? Both candidates have been laying out their plans and criticizing the other's proposals while they're at it.

The air is thick with lofty goals and promises. McCain: reduce carbon emissions 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and spend $2 billion a year for 15 years for clean coal technology. McCain opposes a windfall profits tax on oil companies. And, in a change of positions, now favors offshore drilling. He wants to build new nuclear reactors and has proposed a $300 million award for a battery to advance hybrid and electric car technology.

Obama: get us off Middle East and Venezuelan oil within 10 years. Invest $150 billion dollars over 10 years – with billions more from the private sector – to build a new energy economy that would create 5 million jobs. Obama is calling on Americans to cut back on their use of electricity. Obama too now says he supports offshore drilling as part of a larger energy strategy, and would require 10% of our energy to come from renewable sources by the end of his first term.

Here’s my question to you: How much faith do you have in Barack Obama or John McCain to solve our energy problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Boise, Idaho writes:
Neither one of them can solve America's energy problems. And it is not their job. It is ours. Sure, the politicians can implement programs, create incentives, and control legislation here and there, but the real solution is in the hands of each and every person in the U.S. If we don't change our attitude towards energy consumption, no amount of legislation will help. We will always find a way to consume more and we always have.

Dan from Chantilly, Virginia writes:
Like most of the major issues facing America, this election has turned into a battle of who will screw it up the least. McCain's energy plan doesn't make much sense and in some ways is overtly harmful. Obama's energy plan lacks details of how exactly he plans on doing what he claims he will do. So I guess Obama's plan is better by default, but anyone with a working brain should realize that neither of these guys is going to "fix" our energy problem. Especially not in 4 years.

Jean writes:
McCain gets my vote to solve the energy problem. His plan hits on multiple fronts, and more importantly, keeps all options on the table. As McCain has noted, the biggest issue to resolving energy is the partisanship in Congress.

Judy from Texas writes:
I have a lot more faith in Barack Obama to solve our energy crisis than I do John McCain. McCain has been in Washington for 26 years and hasn’t seen fit to raise this issue. What we need is someone who has a vision and can move this country away from “Big Oil”.

Kim from Dodge City, Kansas writes:
Neither one of these guys can change our dependency on foreign oil, or any oil for that matter. Congress runs on oil, just like everything else, and they are not about to let that gravy train come to a halt any time soon. They will tell you whatever you want to hear, but you can rest assured that as long as there is money in it, oil will be our economic heroin till the end of time.

Jenny from Rome, Georgia writes:
Jack, I honestly do not know. But, take heart: apparently Paris Hilton is available for consultations regarding her plan. So there is hope.

Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • US Energy Policy
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Jay, Denver CO

    Obama: 20%
    McCain: 0% (he's too tied to big oil)

    August 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  2. Miko Kansas city

    Jack seeing how McCain has been in politics for 26 years and have done nothing to solve the problem , I am going to go with Barack Obama. He is newer to the scene and is vowing to work on it before he reaches his 26th year. This is just a political ploy with McSame.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  3. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Obama has the best chance to get us going in the right direction because he has the ability to inspire people. McCain would be a one term president and would be a lame duck right after he took the oath of office.......no time to do the things necessary to change course, and he would not be able to inspire people to change their lifestyles.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  4. David, Tampa, Fl

    Jack, in a word NO. Drilling for oil in Hurricane central is expensive and dangerous as well as potentially as disruptive as what is going on now. While I'm in favor of wind and solar, the Pickens plan, would put wind mills in Tornado Alley. These are a lot cheaper to replace than oil rigs. Wind and solar are also less reliable for power generation than what we have now. Anything that gets us off the oil pump and our political parties off the oil industry payola roll is what we should be shooting for.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  5. mitchell ,arkansaw

    hey,if obama can persuade mccain to keep tapping his campaign funds for free tire guages,i think he can accomplish anything.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  6. cy gardner

    McCain seems like the status quo, and the status quo stinks on ice. Obama belongs to the same party as Al Gore. Gore has a plan to create all electricity without fossil fuels in 20 years. The GOP has NO ONE who looks ahead to ending our oil addiction. When it comes to oil addiction, the Democrats are the party of cold turkey and the Republicans are the party of methadone maintenance. cy gardner arlington, va

    August 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Frank from Peterborough

    Well Jack since OPEC controls the price of oil to a degree through their ability to increase or decrease production why would anyone think big oil companies in the U.S. or Canada would do anything different.

    Americans and Canadians are both going to have to get used to the idea of smaller vehicles & lower gas consumption is the only way to contend with these energy costs.

    Obama's plan of alternative energy creation through incentives is a good start but drilling off shore now is simply just pandering to the uninformed public.

    Anyone who actually thinks big oil companies would increase their supply by drilling off shore and then sell this extra oil to Americans for less money than OPEC prices is a moron. Oil companies aren't charitable organizations why do you think Iraq was invaded?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Charles, Lansing, MI

    Solving our energy problems have to come from both the President and the Congress. We saw what happened the last eight years with Dick Cheney running things and Congress rubber stamping his actions. If Obama tries to keep his promises he should be able to work with the Democratic Congress. That still leaves the probllem of big oil, big coal and the Ethanol boondogle that both parties are beholden to.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  9. David of Alexandria VA

    McCain, clearly. This is going to to take a balanced plan (McCain's), the proven ability to cut through the parochialism in Congress (McCain), a steady but tough hand to negotiate with the oil, auto, and alt-energy companies (McCain).

    Oh yes, it also will need hope (Obama) so we can do this at the same time as we have a planet to save (Pelosi)

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  10. Tom in Desoto Texas

    John McCain believes only in oil so I am 100% confident in that whatever else he says has the substance of cotton candy. I believe Obama will push to have other energy sources explored, I expect republicans to attempt to block ALL such efforts. McCain spoke of Teddy Roosevelt who was part of the Bull Moose Party. McCain belongs to another type of Bull Party.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  11. William Lee

    I think that we all know the energy policy is controlled by big business and all the lobbyists. Until we get rid of all the lobbyists in this country we will never have our country back.
    Biil, Farmville ,VA

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  12. Jackie in Dallas

    Neither is going to "solve" it, but I think Obama has a much better chance of putting together a plan to wean us off of foreign oil and develop alternate energy sources. This problem isn't one that will be solved in a four-year or even eight-year term...and it will require the active support of both parties and the American people for the long-term.

    McCain...I have no faith he even knows that there really is an energy crisis, much less how to solve it. If you ask him, he would probably suggest Viagra!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Marc - Toronto

    Barack Obama inspires people. It's what makes him so special and so unique. He has the intelligence, the tact, the forsight and the determination to get this done. I think it's going to be what he is most remembered for 8 years down the road.

    My American friends will no longer have to rely on mid eastern or Venezualan oil by the time Obama is finished his 2nd term as President. It's incredible how fast he learns and adjusts. He will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. It couldn't have come at a better or more crucial time in our history. It's too bad that about 40% of my American friends haven't figured this out yet.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  14. Sue/PA


    Obamas' on the right track but he can not do it alone....This crisis will take all of us in a collaborative effort with an Obama administration leading the way.

    McCain is clueless.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Jim in BC

    On this issue, it might do them both good to cross party lines, meet with each other and come up with a unified solution.

    They also need to consult with Paris.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    It is going to take an energy revolution to solve our problems and neither McCain nor Obama can lead it. Too many large corporations rely on our energy addiction for their livlihoods. If energy were cheap and plentiful it would destroy the status quo for some very rich and powerful individuals. So until the average American realizes that we are the victims and forces the government to stop cowtowing to big oil no one man, even a president, will ever make a difference.

    By the way, I believe it is in the charter of the Department of Energy that once America is energy self-sufficient the Agency will close. Do you really think 10,000 bureaucrats are going to work themselves out of a job?,..please.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Jayne

    Mr. McCain is stuck in the past, as are the majority of Republicans. I think Obama has the drive, imagination and brains to take us in an entirely new direction. Like JFK's vision to put a man on the moon in 10 years, Obama will take us to a new frontier of renewable, sustainable energy sources. No more presidents beholden to big oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Neither Obama nor McSame can solve the energy problems It will take a concerted effort by all US citizens to solve the problem. The probability that McSame could lead such an effort is near zero given his background and voting history (when he does show up to vote, which is rare). He is most unlikely to lead the government (read Congress) into enacting legislation which would lead to solutions. He has demonstrated over the last 26 years or so the distinct LACK of leadership needed. The probability that Obama could lead the people into some solutions is much higher since he is obviously much more intelligent and is interested in solving the energy-related problems.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  19. Dwayne (Atlanta) GA

    Obama's plan is a bit creative and maybe too optimistic to reach in such a short time. However, Mr. Drill McCain has no clue as to how to even give us break at the pump. Now he's touting we need an economic surge. Geez, or should I say Old Geezer couldn't tell you the basic price of some items at the grocery store or how much the average gas price is at the moment. Wait, he can log-on to his computer and one of his aides could email him the info...

    August 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  20. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    None. The only way to save the US is to nationalize the Oil Companies. Then again, if you want to see efficiency in government at work look at Homeland Security. What has Homeland Security accomplished since their creation? Try to award contracts to countries that hate us. Check my answer on the ability of the rival presidential candidates – None!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  21. douglas gengler

    i will put my money on the young innovative thinker Obama over the over the hill guy Mcaain who has had 26 years to change are energy problems but has done nothing.
    doug in knoxville arkansas

    August 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  22. circy in New Mexico

    A good question. Both candidates talk about moving to alternate energy sources. I'm not a McCain supporter because I think he would be another George Bush type of President, but I agree with him about developing nuclear power. In the 1970s, when Americans were waiting in lines to buy gas, the French decided they had had of enough of completely depending on oil and gas. They built nuclear plants and today, it supplies more than 75% of their electricity. The French people also pay less for electricity than almost everyone else in Europe. Not only that, but they have an extremely low level of CO2 emmisions per capita.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Rocio

    I have a lot of faith in Obama. compare to 0 faith in McCain. His plans make more sense than the older guy. 26 years in congress and nothing acomplished, Now all of a sudden he is a Maverick and trying to separate himself from the Bush-OilCheney party. He is 26 years too late.
    Valencia Ca.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  24. Larry in Florida

    Not to worry Jack. I went out and bought a tire guage this morning. Problem should be solved in no time.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  25. Jim in Puyallup

    Faith is a blindsighted view adopted by fools, regardless the context of said "faith". The free market will repair said energy issues, one way or the other. No politician can fix it and its delusional to think otherwise.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  26. Shelly

    I have no faith in either one of them.....
    Do you Jack?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  27. Jed in Redding, CA

    Both Barack Obama and John McCain have plans that can go a long ways towards reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy. The difference is that John McCain's plan causes WAY more problems than it actual solves.

    The patently obvious potential environmental disasters posed by oil, coal and nuclear is reason enough alone that we cannot trust John McCain to address our energy needs. Not to mention the fact that oil companies would make billions of dollars off of increased domestic production while the average consumer would save only pennies on a gallon of gas.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Oliver-Canyon Lake

    I have more faith in Barrack's plan because he is pursuing a comprehensive approach. But the American people have to do their part also by not driving as much and over time getting rid of those big gas guzzlers. Government can't solve all of our problems we as a people have to pull ourselves up by the boot straps and as a country, help solve our own.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  29. Paul

    Well if the "Old Dude" picks Paris Hilton as Energy Czar than Mccain. But to be a realist Obama would be a much better problem solver. We need someone who can think and not just read cue cards and speeches.
    Paul From Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Ed Reed

    Not much since they want to get elected and voters want a quick and easy fix. The truth is we have a structural problem. Oil production in the U. S. peaked in 1970 at 9.7 million barrels per day. Despite all the subsequent drilling in the North Slope of Alaska and offshore, daily production has declined to 5.1 million barrels while our daily consumption has increased to 21 million barrels. We must wean ourselves from oil. Vote for the candidate that understands that reality.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    August 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  31. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    I trust Mccain about as far as I could throw him. If I lived on the coast I would not want the risk of oil spilled on our shores and still have to pay top dollar for gas so our oil companies make their big profits. And as for nuclear plants, Mcsame has never said where are they going to dump the waste. I know I don't want it in my back yard.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Conor in Chicago

    After studying both candidates plans for energy-largley based on their public statements and the actuall policy papers they present on their websites I'd have to say that I have much more faith in the Obama plan than I do the McCain one. Both plans share more similarities than you'd think if you watch the nonsense you see on cable news all day. But it seems that Obama's plan gives much more priority to alternative fuels than McCain's does. Obama's plan seems to say "we will invest heavily in alternative fuels while remaing grounded in the reality that we will need to continue with oil, maybe even drilling for our own, in the immediate future". McCain's seems to be saying, "it would be great if we could get alternative fuels going but since that is probably not going to happen we are going to pay the idea lip service, hope for the best, and let the oil companies do their thing".

    August 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  33. Ron- San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    Tje question is: "Do they really want to?" From what I see they are like little kids throwing rocks at each other. Then going to the public making each other the repository of the problems the US currently facing. They need to get off thier backsides and figure out a good plan to solve the energy problem, the housing problems, and now the unemployment problems.

    Ron San Diego

    August 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  34. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    Jack, Unfortunately neither candidate can actually solve the problem, but they can get us started in the right direction. A direction which must be followed up on by subsequent administrations. Hopefully, a candidate a team will come along that will truly puts the country first and special interest organizations won't be at the wheel.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Fran of Huntington, NY

    No one man alone can solve the problem, however, I think Obama has the best shot. He's is young and brilliant and surrounds himself with alike people. Which is key. I believe it is a job for the younger generation, not youngest. The baby boomers have to hand down the reigns and step aside.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think Obama can solve many of our energy problems but a President can not do everything! I'm sure he will do his best though and will use the expertise of Al Gore and other experts in developing a solid energy policy for our country.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  37. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Neither candidate can solve the energy problem that we have self inflicted on ourselves. We must each take responsibility for our own energy consumption problems. Change must start at the bottom with the consumers and work its way up. Now lets see how many people will inconvience themselves in any way to help correct our energy gluttony .
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  38. Brian - Trinidad

    No,but Obama can lie better than McCain on claiming to have a solution.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  39. Shirley -AK OHIO

    I have faith in Obama because I am a democrate. I don't think either of them can solve the energy problem while in office as it will take four years to layout the energy plan and get everyone to go along with it, then it will take four more years to impliment the enegry plan for a total of 8 years. Obama will be 55 years old and McCain will be 80 and instead of the gas being $4 dollars, it will b $8 and I will still be making sure that my tires are inflated properly. I hope they prove me wrong.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  40. Jenny Rome Ga


    I honeslty do not know. But take heart apparently Paris Hilton is avaiable for consultations regarding her plan. So there is hope.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  41. Nick from Chicago, IL

    Obama has the best shot, but neither candidate will really have that big of an effect on gas prices. McCain's "all of the above" plan will result in the same thing that has been happening for the last 30 years: big oil giveaways while alternative energy gets lip service.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  42. kenneth sibbett

    With McCain going around calling for Congress to come back (for what I haven't the slightest idea) in session and Obama giving away the store with tax incentives and rebates I don't see either one doing squat. I'm putting my money on T. Boone Pickins.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  43. Esther Marie Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    after once having a good get them attitude and making challenges seem small we are in a rut and can get out. no one wants to work thats why we have been out sourced

    August 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  44. David NH

    History has shown us that no president has ever "done" anything. The good ones have "led" us to greatness. They have further "encouraged" the best in what America has to offer.
    That being said, McCoil will just say, "drill over here or there," depending where he is standing at the time.
    Obama has an oratory gift. Coupled with a vision of vitality, he could well lead us into prominence once again.
    In teaming up with you and me, Jack. We could permanently stamp out republicanism in our time . . . . . . .

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  45. Karen in Fairfax, CA

    Neither man can solve the problem, but Obama has the leadership ability to begin what can only be a long term process with his alternative energy investment programs. Most importantly, once elected, he can use his leadership skill to deliver the essential but unpolitic 'energy conservation news' in ways McCain has neither the desire or ability to do. What matters is leading the public to new ways of thinking and living, and only Obama is suited to this task.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  46. Joe in DE

    It is unlikely that the energy problem will be solved soon. Either one could make progress. Obama has the best approach but needs to add nuclear with adequate safety precautions.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  47. Denise (Brooklyn, New York)

    No, but Paris Hilton apparently can.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  48. osric

    The oil companies will not let them. They're currently manipulating the price. While everyone suffered their profits have skyrocketed.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  49. Marie Ontario

    The fact is big oil could have all the available oil right at their finger tips and demand will still be higher than the published supply. Thats how they make their money and they will control the supply and demand factor to accomplish obscene profits.

    Who in this world is dumb enough to believe these big oil companies are going to turn over a new leaf and all of a sudden become charitable organizations to save the American public money?

    I fully expect to see John McCain come out in one of his town hall meetings dressed up like a great big lop earred easter bunny giving everything to the public at the corporate expense. Isn't that the Republican way?????????

    Obama wins this one hands down and it's too bad he has to publicly lean toward the offshore drilling because of public misinformation.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  50. Don from Florida

    In order for headway to be made the ties to oil lobbyists must be cut. McCain is up to his neck in campain contributions from the Big Oil guys and Obama is forced to deal with them as well. The infrastructure for Big Oil companies was set up to do just what's going on... TO MAKE HUGE MONEY. Its just that now in the midsts of the economic crisis the focus has shifted to them since their profits are through the roof and no one else is making money.

    So to answer you Jack... Neither one will be able to resolve this. All of this talk is only for the election. unless the entire congress and house must cooperate and stand up to do something about it... Oops, time for my delusion medication.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  51. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    Every time there's a gas price crisis in our country, our government rolls over on it's back for the oil companies. McCain has been coddling them for over 20 years, and what good has it done? It is time for a change of mindset toward our dependence on oil and our willingness to be slaves to the oil conglomerates.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  52. Marvin Fairview, Texas

    No. They can however start us down the correct road to do that. At least that is what the American people are hoping for. It hardly seems doable when you have a United States Congress that can't or won't make a decision and when they do they generally turn out to be bad ones. You could put Mickey Mouse in the White House as president and it really would not make any difference as long as we have an incompetent congress.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  53. Greg in Cabot AR

    If it were snowing outside, your house is cold because you had left the window open, what would you do?

    McCain’s approach would be to turn up the thermostat (more drilling) while Obama suggests closing the window (conservation).

    I trust Obama with his conservation approach while McCain simply wants to find more gas and energy to feed our unending appetite.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  54. Tom in Atlanta

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    When the Republican Talking point (which every single Republican commentator, legislator and lobbiest keeps repeating over and over again) is "Drill for Oil" like some kind of drunken parrot then I have no faith in anyone who says it.

    There are far more important things to fix the price of gas than Drilling for Oil. McCain's talked about some good things like Nuclear power, but I'm not hearing about Wind Farms, Fuel Efficient and Hybrid Cars.

    McCain=Bush III

    Can Obama do it? No. He keeps talking about working with the Republicans to heal the country, but all the Republicans are talking about is Drill for oil, drillforoil, rawk, pollywanna cracker. We might have taught chimps sign language but I don't think they should set our energy policy.

    You cannot reason with the irrational.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  55. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Only an act of Congress can resolve our energy problems. Who can unite Congress? The citizens of the United States IF we get our heads out of our butt and elect to office trustworthy politicians and impeach those immediately who do not abide by our wishes. A good example would be the democrats recently elected to congress. They should all have been impeached by December when they refused resolve our involvement in Iraq. Bush and administration should have been impeached long before and those refusing to bring impeachment to the table before Pelosi refused should have been impeached, thus Pelosi would have know her outcome before she tabled impeachment and most likely would have followed through with the majority's wishes. If all that were done, where do you think we would be today?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  56. Mary Kish

    he will win ...if she is on the ticket with him...

    August 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  57. sandra/canada

    Dear Jack: I live in Alberta/Canada- oil country. Anyone who thinks giving the oil companies more offshore leases is going to lower the price of fuel is fooling themselves. That is not how it works. You can give them the entire continent to drill and they will only produce enough to keep their profit margins high. Someone, somewhere needs to tell the people exactly how the oil business really works- you know -keep them honest.


    August 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  58. Les Young Oklahoma

    Being McCain has been in congress for 25 years and seem to have not solved the problem nor has his party seem to have gotten a grip on how to solve it. I would say Obama has the best chance of helping the long term energy problem. McCain and his party are calling for off shore drilling which is not going to help short term or long term. Even T Boon Pickens the biggest oil man in Oklahoma says that we can't drill our way out of this mess. Alternative energy is the only solution to our problem.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  59. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn

    None, I turst Paris Hilton's energy plan.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  60. Marv from New York

    Maybe, just maybe one of them(hopefully Obama), ought to lend an ear to what T. Boone Pickens has to say. Wind,Solar and Natural gas!!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  61. cheryl Linden,Michigan

    McCain will do what the lobbyists want for the Corporations, after all he is a Republican...and ever since Reagan, corporations (through lobbyists, and in turn Republicans) have been running our Congress! Have you forgotten Tom Delay letting lobbyists on the HOUSE floor telling the congressmen how they want them to vote?????
    I want a President who would never allow something like that to happen...I want someone who has the brain power and compassion to do what is best for ALL OF US...I think Obama may be the best bet.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  62. Tennisguypitt

    Obama, by far. I like his plan to invest in alternative energy sources. IT can greatly help us in the long run.

    However, it won't happen in EITHER of these guy's first terms. It will take some time. McCain's "Drill here" will take several years then add natural disasters to the equation. I'm just not convinced it will work.

    Americans need to pitch in and help out here.

    Obama '08

    August 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  63. Bodie in Oatmeal, TX

    I ain't got no faith in either one of 'em. I've yet to meet a politician that could split an atom. So both McCain and Obama can kick their feet up and cool their jets. T. Boone Pickens is gonna solve all our energy problems and take us to the promise land. Whoda ever thunk a good old boy named T. Boone could save the planet. Ain't good old American know-how the best thing ever Jack?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  64. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    The primary goal is for the US to be energy independent. I support Obama's plan because he specifically states that his plan will make us independent of Middle Eastern oil in 10 years. We can't keep lining their pockets and suffering at home!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |

    No one can solve it in 4 or 8 year's but I belive Obama can get us on the right direction to solve the problem.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  66. wally Ruehmann las Vegas nv

    McCain, none Obama less baggage, but hes still a politician. i don't have much faith in lawyers, used car salesmen, and preachers ether.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  67. Sam from Philadelphia, PA

    I fail to understand what sinking $150,000,000,000 into alternative energy research will accomplish. There is a pre-existing market incentive for people to develop clean, inexpensive energy – the almighty dollar.

    Anyone who can crack the puzzle stands to make millions, if not billions, of dollars. What will additional government funds do to spur the development of cheap renewable energy that the free market hasn't already considered? McCain's environmental plan may not be quite as ambitious as Obama's, but at least it won't sink the country even further into the quagmire of national debt.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  68. Venia PA

    John is too hooked to Big Oil so no matter what he says regarding other sources of energy I don't believe him. Also his plan is for 45 new nuclear plants with no plans of their disposal. Besides being terribly risky, no one (state) wants a nuclear plant in their backyard so his plan will never fly and besides it's just a bad plan. Obama's plan on the other hand I have read and it is not only doable but safe and extremely environmentally friendly. The so called 'inexperienced' guy has proven once again he has the better judgement.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  69. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    It is to late for McCane he is already in the pocket of big oil.If we get behind Obama and alternative energy, he will see us through.If we had stuck with President Carter`s plan we wouldn`t be in this mess now! You can thank the great Ronald Reagon .

    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  70. Chryssa

    Singlehandedly, no. But Obama's the one calling on Americans to do their part, and that's the key to getting out of this oil mess. Less driving, more research, voting in politicians with similar views. No more oil men.

    Boise, ID

    August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  71. Ralph in New York City

    Jack, I am sure both candidates would have problems blowing up paper bags. Solving the energy problems requires years of work, research, and development,and I wonder how united our country is to support whoever becomes our leader, even this individual does have the correct plan to cure our energy woes. As it looks now, perhaps the only solution will be whoever wins appoint Paris Hilton to the Cabinet.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  72. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Until the time that our elected representatives, and I mean "representatives", actually represent the people that have faith in them doing their job instead of representing their party and big oil, it won't happen. This has been coming for a long time and it will be a long time before it gets solved.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Either one can do it if they have the right people to talk to so they can figure out HOW to do it. I suggest that T. Boone Pickens be brought in as one of the consultants.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  74. Bob in Boise

    Niether one of them can solve America's energy problems. And it is not their job. It is ours. Sure, the politicians can impliment programs, create incentives, and control legislation here and there, but the real solution is in the hands of each and every person in the United States. If we don't change our attitude towards energy consumption, no amount of legislatiion will help. We will always find a way to consume more and we always have.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  75. Asif, Toronto, Canada

    McCain offers the politics of really old. Pandering and more pandering. All he will do is to lower prices to levels that Americans can bear and prop up “big oil” for an indefinite amount of time. Obama on the other hand offers dramatic and history changing alternatives that could mean the demise of “big oil” in ½ generation and a surge in alternative energy.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  76. Ann Marie

    I don't think it is a question of whether the candidates can solve the energy problem. Both can come up with a plan they think will solve the problem. The question is which candidate can get the public behind him to solve the problem. The candidate, of course, must come up with a comprehensive plan that makes sense to people and that they perceive as doable. Then they need to sell the plan to the public. Without public support, no plan will work. They need to give up the gas guzzlers and they need to accept alternative forms of energy.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  77. Will, Maryland

    Jack, I don't even know what our energy problem is. One day it's foreign oil. The next day it's oil in general. The next day it's the environmental effects. People don't know what they are complaining about, they just want cheaper gas. All the people care about are their own wallets. Maybe that's the problem.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  78. Annie, Atlanta

    I have more faith in T. Boone Pickens.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  79. Don in Ottawa, ON

    If you don't know by now that big oil is not a charity, then you are as clueless as John McCain. All they want are the oil rights and leases, which McCain is more than willing to dish out. By the time they actually begin serious extraction the price will be $10.00 a gallon, and with very little overhead in transport costs, big oil will make last quarters profit look like peanuts. We need to ween ourselves off of fossil fuels period. At least Obama has a plan.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  80. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    These are the latest reported amounts of money received by the two candidates from the Oil and Gas Industry in 2008.

    For Senators, McCain is #1 at $1,010,868 and Obama is #4 at $345,410.

    So, the answer is no.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  81. Matt - Minnesota


    Politicians brandishing emptry rehtoric have never solved any problems. They need to lift the barriers to corporate enterprise and American ingenuity, and let the people take action. If they want to help solve the problem they can do one thing...get the heck out of our way. Otherwise they're as bad as every other politician before.

    Minneapolis, MN

    August 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  82. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: T.Boone Pickens has a better chance of resolving America's energy crisis than either McCain or Obama. Increasingly in recent times we have come first to identify the remedy that is most agreeable, most convenient, most in accord with major pecuniary or political interest, the one that reflects our available faculty for action; then we move from the remedy so available or desired back to a cause to which that remedy is relevant.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  83. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Neither one can alone. The fact of the matter is that the public needs to solve the energy problems because they are the end users. f you want the price of gas to fall, cut demand. Do you want better mass-transit systems, then push for them on the state level. The bottom line though is that we can't hold our public officials for not doing what we ourselves are willing to commit to.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  84. Frederick L. May Sr.

    I have about as much as I have seeing the sun come up in the west. The only person who can get us out of this mess is John Q. Public.
    During WW2 every person in this country did their share to help win that war. Its going to take the same effort again to recover from this .
    Do the citizens of today have the guts to do it again. Time will tell.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  85. RanDe from CA

    Neither , Until America can adresses the real problem that is its dependence on the convenience of the personal automobile, no matter how you power cars a signfigant amout of engery and other resources, personal income and infrastructure will be wasted on America's transportaion.needs, and adding to pollution and environmental damage. The real long term solution is how to keep america going while drastically decreasing the use or cars.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  86. Brian - NYC

    No faith in either. They both flipped to support offshore drilling even though any oil from those reserves won't hit the gas stations until they're out of office, even if they get re-elected. It's all pandering and they won't accomplish anything.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  87. Fem, Knoxville Tenn

    Jack, It is ridiculous for me to trust John McCain to do any serious thing about energy crisis. Remember, he took in $1.3m from oil people after fli-flopping on drilling, he has been in Washington for 26years and could not find a solution, how can he now find solution in 4 years at age 72? I will go with Obama anyday.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  88. Dave of Oregon

    Obama is in the better position to solve energy problems. T. Boone Pickens has even just come up short of endorsing his solutions(Larry King). McCain will simply trumpet the Big Oil platform of energy needs with the convenient bottle-neck of 90% refining capacity, few deep-sea drilling rigs, and the like. Pickens is probably gearing up for electrical demand in two years when electric cars come on line and these will have to be recharged during peak usage hours rather than over night. McCain will simply ignore Pickens and others if he gets into office. Obama is THE right choice for energy solutions and NOT McCain.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  89. Jay in Texas

    I have as much faith that Obama or McCain can fix our energy disaster as I have in Dick Cheney to fix it. They are all on the same corporate team.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  90. Dave in Leesburg, Va

    I'm sure Obama would also provide tire guages for every car owner in all his 57 States.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  91. Teri in FL

    Neither candidate will 'solve' our energy problems- it is up to the actions of millions of the electorate to do their part rather than counting on a US President to do it for us. But without a doubt, Sen. Obama's plan is the clearcut winner for having the vision and a comprehensive plan. Sen. McCain's plan will only make the oil companies richer, and that's the path we've been on since Bush took over the presidency. It won't do anything to help the crisis we are in.
    Palm Coast, FL

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  92. Ray, Florida

    I think McCain can Jack!
    If we learn to harness all the hot air comming out of the McCain campaign, we could power the city of NY for at least ten years!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  93. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Like most of the major issues facing America, this election has turned into a battle of who will screw it up the least. McCain's energy plan doesn't make much sense and in some ways is overtly harmful. Obama's energy plan lacks details of how exactly he plans on doing what he claims he will do. So I guess Obama's plan is better by default, but anyone with a working brain should realize that neither of these guys are going to "fix" our energy problem. Especially not in 4 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  94. Robert

    Yes – either one can, but only if the Legislative Branch of Govnernment is on the same track. We speond so much attention to which Executive Branch Candidate to elect, but we fail as a country to spend equal time scrutinizing the House and the Senate. This is where the corruption must stop and the work must be done and rather expeditiously if we want to find a solution to the energy crisis.

    There are many nations in Europe that make cars that are more efficient than our cars. Perhaps not a V8, but a 4 Cylinder with ample power to move people is the answer. We also need to invest in mass transit rail powered by electricity rather than rely on coal locamotives and airlines.

    There are so many solutions out there,..but we need the Legislative and Executive Branch to come together and work FOR THE PPEOPLE and not for BIG BUSINESS!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  95. Nuwan Sam

    Jack, may be you need to ask Paris Hilton to mediate. She does not flip-flop and she made sense. Both Obama and McCain are playing nothing but politics. What they have in their mind more than solving energy crisis is to figure out how to get into the White House. Isn't that obvious ?

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  96. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Neither Obama or McCain can do anything about energy until Congress,the private sector and the American people stop living in a dream world and realize that we have reached the era of limitations. Wasting oil,natural gas,corn and other fuels has to end. Our ability to waste the natural resources our planet is over. Unless we make do with much less,human beings, and possibly our planet,will not survive.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  97. lynn, Vancouver

    McCain mocks efforts for Americans to conserve their consumption of oil yet Americans make up 3% of the population and use 25% of the resources. So much for straight talk there.

    Obama is willing to work with the bipartisan coalition realizing that compromise requires give and take. McCain, however, likes the generalized, Pollyanna policy of Paris without the facts, specific plans or reality

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  98. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    Barack Obama, Because McCain and the Republicans keep saying drill for oil as well as offshore drilling. Which drilling really won't produce much oil and it would take ten years to even get any oil developed. We need to develop new sources of energy and get away from Big Oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  99. donna sherman

    Neither candidate has the time or the backing to completely solve the energy problem, but Obama has the best chance at getting it started in the right direction. His ability to create stability in a 'moving-forward' situation, as in his campaign staff, is definitely an axample of his potential to get things done with committed small groups. McCain, in his so-called maverick prestege, displays his lack of willingness to encorporate anyone else into his self-proclaimed intellectual status.
    Most people have noticed that Obama always says 'We' will do this, while McCain refers to "i", when I'm elected president will take care of everything, alone. No-one is that smart or that good.

    Donna Sherman, Scott City, Missouri

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  100. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Obama has the vision and Gore has the ideas. McBush is in Big Oil's pocket and we'll still be in the same place 8 years from now as we are today.

    Surprise McCain.... It's not supply. We haven't built any new refineries in this country in many years. Without the ability to refine the oil, we get no extra gasoline or heating oil.

    Give it up and let's get on with the hybred cars NOW. I've no idea why Detroit didn't get with it years ago when Toyota was first coming out with them. Why are we so backward. Japan and Brazil have us beat by a mile.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  101. Dan, Maryland

    Jack, it's time for American's to grow up. The fact of the matter is neither candidate will be able to fix our energy problems until we the people learn that conserving isn't such a bad thing. It sure is inconvenient but just think how great America will be for our children when we no longer need to rely on oil and we can create all the energy we need right here. It's time to get "Made in the USA" to mean something again. Let's start with our energy.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  102. Jed in Redding, CA

    Both Barack Obama and John McCain have plans that can go a long ways towards reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy. The difference is that John McCain’s plan causes WAY more problems than it actual solves.

    The patently obvious potential environmental disasters posed by oil, coal and nuclear is reason enough alone that we cannot trust John McCain to address our energy needs. Not to mention the fact that oil companies would make billions of dollars off of increased domestic production while the average consumer would save only pennies on a gallon of gas.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  103. Richard Michna - Houston, Texas


    First of all nothing will impact the price oil and gas except for peace.

    That said, I believe that overall Barak Obama has a much better plan. However I believe that Obama needs to rethink his stand on nuclear power. I believe that nuclear power should play an important role in providing electrical power. I agree with Obama that we need to develop technologies to safely store and recycle nuclear waste, but we can’t afford to wait for these technologies to be developed before we start building new plants.

    For everyone’s sake I hope the Democrats get the 60 seat majority in the Senate and grow their majority in the House so things can finally get done. Without a solid majority in Congress, President Obama won’t be able to his energy plans passed our energy outlook will become ever more bleak.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  104. Pat,,Alliance, OH

    After seeing McCain at the Sturgis, ND Biker Rally, saying "My friends" and watching him winding his arm to get them to rev up those Harley's and trying to explain that gas is $4.00/gal,and getting confused or tongue tied, or having a "senior moment", I figure his energy plan is just about as off the wall as he is.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  105. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I have more faith in Obama. He is wanting to spend 150 billion in 10 years on alternative energies, he has a plausible energy plan, he will have a Democratic Congress (unless they all get voted out of office, lol).

    McCain will be spending more money on Iraq and the deficit will get even worse than it would with Obama's energy plan.

    Both of them are talking about an energy plan, although I can't see how drilling offshore is going to increase oil, since they haven't drilled in the allowed areas in years.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  106. aaron in Carolina Beach NC

    Im about 60% sure Obama will do the right thing.
    Mcsame 0% but im 100% sure he is ready to go to Iran and take theirs.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  107. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    What I think makes this all hilarious, Jack, is that after going over each point in both candidates' plans, I can't find anything that's really very different about them! Both are written with very few concessions, and neither of them will ever come close to being completed, because the government doesn't work that way. I think the best plan is the Bi-Partisan plan that is on the vacant floor of the Senate right now, but neither candidate can support it, because they'll be accused of "flip-flopping!" Wonderful system we have here, eh?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  108. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Do the terms, nil, nelo, zippo, nada, or zero ring a bell. They can't solve this problem. We can but that means sacrifice on every persons part in our country. Things like slowing down when driving, learning how to drive; some people are idiots when they drive, they're on their cell phones and sit at a light and hold up traffic, they start their cars and let them run for 10 minutes to cool them off, and on and on. We could cut the demand by 20% if we did the little things like inflate tires and slow down on the highways to 55 and a few other things. Just think about it.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  109. Mike P. L.A.

    McCain is a jerk for mocking advice that Obama give a lady on how to save some gas. How ironic in all of his mocking, that practically everyone was saying Obama was right and McCain had to echo that too.

    Just with that incident, and the fact that Big Oil has been filling his (McCain) campaign with Millions, I really do think Obama can solve the energy problem. Rather have him than someone who mocks are attempts to save are very little hard earned money.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  110. Nancy in Colorado

    Obama can do it. He's intelligent. NcCain's nuclear power plants can come back to bite us if we don't figure out how to dispose of the waste products safely. McCain wants to leave that problem to our grandchildren. Thanks, McCain for your leadership and judgement!!!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  111. Doc of Marion Ohio

    Jack, I have plenty of faith, so we know both men can solve the problem when the winds stops blowing, the earth turns flat again and the ocean waters dry up.
    Oh, sorry that means we're no longer around either. See I told you, energy problem solved, faith in man renewed. Doc of Ohio

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  112. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Very little. Congress and the White House has had decades to deal with this problem, and virtually nothing has been done! Now that gas is $4 per gallion they have to appear to care, but this ‘emergency’ will last only as long as the pump price is unacceptable to voters.

    But gas is a very unusual product; not only is supply manipulated, but so is demand. After a few weeks paying $4.15, we will be GRATEFUL when price gets back under, say, $3.50, and will happily fillerup then, and go out and ‘dig the scene with the gasoline’. Then, next time the price goes up sharply, we will again perceive an emergency and by then one of the nominees will be in the White House, and this game will be repeated with a similar outcome.

    But a President actually solving the problem?? Nonsense. Big Oil isn’t done with us yet, this current adventure was simply a way to permanently raise the pump price by a dollar or a bit more and get us to accept it. No doubt it has worked.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  113. Dick B

    None, but I have a solution. Everytime I buy a stock it goes down. I believe the solution to our energy problem is for people to send me their money and I will buy oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  114. Sue of Minnesota

    No one listened to Jimmy Carter. They just made fun of him. Called him a sissy. Name calling want get the job done!

    McCain had 26 years to do something. No, he won't get anything done. He can't even work a computer, how can he think high tech. He doesn't know what it is. Someone would have to explain it to him.

    Obama will tried hard. It's up to us to make it work.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  115. Mary CT

    Since Obama seems to be flip flopping to more closely copy McCain's views, I'd have to say McCain must have it right...

    August 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  116. Hope M.Madisonville, KY

    The way to solve the energy crisis is for all Americans to quit being
    so tuned out. Those of us who have conserved for years can't do it
    alone. If everyone would adjust their thermostats, keep their cars
    tuned and use energy saving lightbulbs, and other simple ways to
    conserve, we'd have been in better shape by now. The only thing the
    new President can do is to kick Congress in the butt and mandate
    legislation for higher fuel economy and alternative energy. The reason
    we haven't built any new refineries in 30 years is because everyone
    wants them, just not in their backyard. Americans have to learn that
    nothing good comes without sacrifice and hard work. President Carter
    was ridiculed but he was right and if people had listened, we'd be on
    the road to energy independence already.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  117. Cynthia

    My hope is in Senator Obama – of late Senator McCain is looking like a side show at a circus.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  118. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    Well there is no question that McCain is just another big oil lackey, and we could look at more years of what we have now. Obama has a better long term solution but, it will be a long hard fight until the Bush buddies die off. Obama could help himself by asking T. Boone Pickens to be his energy czar or cabinet member. I like T. Boone's idea to go for natural gas here in the states. I have a 1/64,000th share of a gas lease in Oklahoma.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  119. Jasmine in Germany

    Neither potential leader can solve the problem, Jack, a long term plan should have been implemented long ago. I am convinced that Senator Obama is by far the better man for the job. He's more aware, he's smarter, he's flexible, he's got more intelligent and qualified consultants and he has a better idea of what is going on in the rest of the world. I believe he is the best choice to start an energy improvement phase within our country, for our country and its' citizens.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  120. Rosalynd Florida

    I cast my ballot with Obama on the economy. McCain is a one issue candidate (Iraq) and that isn't working out for him either. That is why you here the McCain camp attacking Obama and not saying what they are for because they have no agenda for getting America back on track. McCain would be a war president just like Bush.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  121. Theresa

    Less than zero. Until every one of us becomes less lazy, self-serving and selfish the problem will remain.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  122. Amanda

    Neither can solve our energy problem alone, and if McCain gets elected he will have a much tougher time getting Congress to support his plans given the likely Democratic control of both houses. Advantage Obama.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  123. Monty Squier

    I’m not that religious, so I don’t have a lot of faith, but Obama is the more forward-thinking candidate on our energy problems.
    I would rather see our planet get off of the old roads that have paved the way for extreme weather and quickly melting ice caps and glaciers.
    McCain is holding on to the purse strings of the oil and nuclear options.
    Obama is trying to reverse the destiny that is promised if we continue to do the “same old same old.”
    Two roads are being offered to us, but only one can be taken.
    I prefer Obama’s road.

    El Paso, Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  124. Angela Frazier Memphis, TN

    No. We have to solve the energy problem. Americans must be willing to slow down, turn off the lights, drive less and conserve all the way around! WE have to break our dependence on oil, foreign or otherwise and look to new ways of doing things!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  125. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    There is no easy answer to the energy problem for the American people, let alone coming from either of the candidates. Truth be told, it needs the majority of Americans to wake up and realize that they have to be willing to depart from wasteful fuel habits of past decades and look to a more energy efficient future. Both candidates know this and the real question is which one is more likely to bite the bullet and risk offending oilmen, gas-guzzling auto lovers and opponents of nuclear or renewable fuel sources. Judging by the McCain predisposition to joking about everything maybe his next suggestion is for everyone to use rollerskates to get to work.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  126. JT from TN

    I support O'bama, but the main thing we need is to stop spending money in countries that use the same money to attack us for starters. Then try some different energy stategies see what works and when it works don't try to fix it and break it in the process

    August 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  127. Nancy from Florida

    Neither can "solve" the nation's energy problems. A big portion of solving our energy problems lies right on the shoulders of every citizen. However, Obama can set the country on a policy that will eventually provide significant change in the way we view energy resources that will hopefully change our heavy reliance upon fossil fuel. McCain will continue along the same stupid course we have been traveling for more than 30 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  128. Addalou Davis-Sacramento, CA

    McCain just wants to continue the Bush policy of supporting the big corporations–not us. So, even though I think Obama has some rhetoric in his message, he at least recognizes T. Boone's solution has merit. I think Obama has the better chance of getting anything done. McCain had his 26 years with no result. Give hope a chance!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  129. Marvin Fairview, Texas

    None. They can however start us down the correct road to do that. At least that is what the American people are hoping for. It hardly seems doable when you have a United States Congress that can’t or won’t make a decision and when they do they generally turn out to be bad ones. You could put Mickey Mouse in the White House as president and it really would not make any difference as long as we have an incompetent congress.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  130. DMAC in ID

    McCain has the best shot at getting things rolling the fastest because he is informed and has been listing to independent oil instead of the sluggish big oil. There are a lot of places they can not drill because it would be dry holes But they have a lot of places and they know where it's productive but they won't. now if you have 20 yrs to wait for all of Obamas expensive plans to kick in while you are paying sky high taxes to cover all his programs and pipe dreams then go for it. I don't have 20 yrs and could care a rats behind about his pipe dreams. And I don't want my great grand kids paying for them either.
    By the way did anyone watch "Black Gold" on TV? It was educational for people that don't understand the drilling.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  131. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama can and will solve energy problems when he is President he will fast track Hybrid cars by helping top automakers receive funding so they can make more hybrid cars he also wants to make Wind Energy more wide spread as well as Bio fuels and clean coal

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  132. Russell from Portland, OR

    New research may get results faster than drilling for new oil. There is company in San Diego that can convert algae into oil. We have not invested enough in new technologies. There is more investment in making solar more efficient. McCann is that of the old mindset, Obama knows that we can't drill right now but we can conserve much more easily. Sorry McCann, but your tires and ideas are both deflated.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  133. Odessa

    I would agree with Obama's energy plan..Obama's plan is more detailed and comprehensive to explain about we can use new alternative resources for the energy crisis..plus he's telling us about the energy rebates that the middle class needs now because gas prices will remain high..Mccain wants the oil companies to stay rich and forget about the middle class workers.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  134. Truth Defined

    Jack, I have all the faith in the world that one of them will call Paris Hilton and say, "Now, what was that you said do again?"

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  135. Lee from FL

    i think they should both fire some of their advisers and hire Paris Hilton or Britney Spears!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  136. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I have more faith in Paris Hilton.

    it's pretty sad when a supposedly empty headed "pop tart" has a more logical energy plan than either "wrinkly old white dude" or "rock star".

    August 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  137. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Obama's long range plans for finding alternative energy with investment and incentives is by far the only logical choice for Americans.

    McCain's pandering for drilling off shore is simply a smoke and mirrors attempt to mislead a public hurting with higher fuel prices at the expense of the environment.

    Besides Jack how could the U.S. ever determine how much oil there is off the shores of places like Florida and California when all your dip sticks are in Washington?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  138. Rod from Allentown PA

    Neither of them can or will totally solve it. There are too many special interest groups involved, and Congress can't get anything done. Either, however, has a good chance of putting a dent in the problem if they truly want to and are not just interested in it until they are elected. I'm afraid it will be politics as usual no matter which candidate gets the nod.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  139. Al, Lawrence KS

    Neither. Both candidates talk about solar, wind, nuclear, and drilling like any of those are going to help. We use oil for transportation, and they all give lip service to the basic problem. To get off of oil (foreign or not) we must drive less and drive smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles. Neither of them talk about mass transit, or ask us to sacrifice our big cars and motoring habits for the sake of the country. They don't talk about how to end the gridlock during rush hour in our major cities. If they want to convince me about their energy bonifides, they have to start talking about how and what we drive.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  140. Mark, Oklahoma City

    If our energy problems are EVER solved, it will be from the private sector, not some government flunkie whose sole purpose is too sit in Washington and get re-elected as many times as possible. Did the governmet invent the automobile, the telephone or the airplane? Hell no, and they won't bring us cheap, renewable energy either!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  141. Len in Clarkston, WA

    Neither one can do anything in the short term. For a long term solution, I think Obama has the edge by at least "promoting" the idea of getting out of the oil business "in the future" for this nation.
    The only ones who really can make a difference are the people of this country. We've allowed ourselves the fantasy of believing things will always be the same. Well, guess what. They're not going to be the same and we each need to make better personal decisions in our daily lives concerning energy use. We need to stop thinking the "government will fix it" and face up the fact it's in our hands.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  142. Derek New Jersey

    If McCain thinks he can solve the energy crisis, where has he been all 26 years in Senate? Where's his experience? Oh wait, his only experience is with oil companies and wanting to keep us with oil such as offshore drilling and keeping us in Iraq.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  143. JW Georgia

    A president has but one tool...the bully pulpit. He or she can set a direction. He or she can issue a challenge, perhaps inspire. But no president can solve problems such as the energy issue. People who can solve such problems are way too smart to run for public office in the first place. Currently we have a President who doesn't inspire, doesn't communicate, doesn't challenge, and isn't a thinker generally. So our hope is in change itself. Of the two candidates likely to win in '08, I know of only one with the promise of change. Given what we've had, I'll take it.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  144. Greg - Montreal, Canada

    Jack, the answer to this one is clear. Vote Paris/Rihanna '08. Hey, if Arnold can do it, why can't they?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  145. Mike Lopez

    Obama has a better chance at merging the two plans than the more conservative Mccain. Yet chances are nothing without united action.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  146. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Since the Congress we have now doesn't listen to the will of the people, how can you expect them to listen to the President, whoever it may be?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  147. rick viburnum Mo

    The u.s. energy policy is run by big oil. We have and have had the technology to use electric cars like the EV 1 oh thats right GM crushed every last one of them after C.A.R.B. caved in shame. oh and Chevron owns the pattent to the nickle hydroxide battery won"t licence it for any auto to use. 30 years from now they will still be talking about in a few more years we may have the tecnology to get off oil. only when there isn't a drop left to sell. Obama McCain won't matter

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  148. Mitch in Stirling, NJ

    This is bigger than any one person... so no, neither can. What they can do is encourage the evolution in technologies that will move us off of petroleum for private transportation by 2025. Yes, it will take that long or longer for the US fleet to swap over to what ever comes next. My hope is that the next president and congress will stop covering their butts and actually do something meaningful for the future, instead meaningless for the present.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  149. Marty

    No they can't, nor is it the President's job to solve the problem. The President can provide some leadership on the subject which both candidates seem more than willing to do.
    Let's face it. The only way the energy crisis is going to be solved is if someone can convince an entire country of spoiled rotten Americans to take responsibility and change their ways. Politicians don't have the guts to ask for fear of the wrath Carter took. The rest of us will just pay the higher prices, do nothing to change the situation, and keep complaining.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  150. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, both are firing shots in the dark by proposing a nebulous combination of energy plans that are aimed at replacing oil altogether. This idea is unrealistic for lots of oil resources exist and over the years, oil companies should have been drilling on land they already own to increase domestic supply and most importantly, car manufacturers should have over the past thirty years been giving us cars that get significantly better gas mileage. Where are all the smart people hiding? Cleaner coal, hydro, solar, wind and nuclear power should also be part of the energy equation to ensure a modern lifestyle that doesn't gouge the taxpayer for unproven energy schemes hastily cobbled together by a couple of pandering politicians. It also requires the average citizen to use our resources wisely.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  151. Charlene, Henderson Nevada

    I thought the only one with a real plan was Obama. Mc Cain has not give us a real plan. Perhaps would could use the 80 billion dollar Iraqi surplus in oil to help "fuel" our alternative energy program

    August 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  152. Raylene in Energy, IL

    Hey Jack, I have a question for you. How many politicians does it take to screw up an energy policy? Answer: A simple majority.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  153. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Neither can do anything without the support of Congress and a majority of the people of this country. The president can only try to get his policies enacted. I believe that Obama is far more sensible and far less in debt to big oil and other special interests. It will ultimately be the voters who decide.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  154. Tina (Texas)

    Neither. It will have to be up to the American people. Look how the auto industry has changed since the price of oil went up. People are jumping out of their large SUVs into a tin can on wheels. We have to demand better gas milage.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  155. Mike Lopez Escondido CA

    If Obama can include restricted drilling offshore and insentives onshore than it has a sturdy chance, McCain may not be willing to invest what it's really gonna take to get off oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  156. Robert W. Brooks


    It's going to take a lot more than Barack Obama or John McCain to solve the energy crisis. This is a global problem that will take long term solutions to solve. Whether it's offshore drilling, building more nuclear reactors, or using the power of the wind, these are issues that require long term planning and implementation. With the emergence of China and India as strong economic powers the United States may find itself in the position of follower rather than leader. Something to think about.

    Forest, VA

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  157. Elliott in DC

    "Whose oil are we drinking?" is an irrelevant question. If we make gas cheaper, we're going to pollute more. The more we invest in alternative energy, the less we can devote to short term fixes and immediate relief.

    There are trade-offs to every choice we have, especially when it comes to energy policy. At this rate, neither candidate will accomplish anything because their promises are internally inconsistant.

    Further, all of this relies on the mistaken notion that we need the president to solve our energy problems. The reality is this: the choices made by consumers dwarf anything a president can accomplish. Thus, we have our solution: consumers must be aware of the trade-offs they make every day and use this knowledge to make smarter choices about energy consumption.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  158. Bizz - Quarryville, PA

    I think Obama plan makes more sense. We need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Just imagine how much money and lives we could save by doing this. We would not have to kiss butt and worry about the price of oil going sky high whenever there is a threat of war. This can only be achieved by having enough senators and congressmen to stop any filibustering. If Obama is elected president and does not have a majority in Congress then his chances are slim to none to get his plan passed.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  159. linda n carolina

    Jack, Remember the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security act of 2006? That's where they opened up 8 million acres of the outer continental shelf. Out of the estimated 40 billion barrels estimated only 7 billion found so far. How many more years will it take them to look for oil before they start drilling? Oh and quess what? Oil was $60 dollars a barrel then . Lets ask McDrill how his proposal off Florida will producw oil any quicker.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  160. brianmcgloin


    I have more faith in Obama than McCain. Let me correct that, I have no fait in McCain and potentially a lot in Obama depending on Congress.

    No one seems to mention the president isn't a dictator (don't tell Dubya or the GOP) and must work with the rest of the government. The candidates have lofty goals and ideas.

    Of course McCain is in bed with the oil companies and wasteful spending on unsustainable pork projects – a requirement for the GOP. Obama has good ideas but most importantly, has leadership skills and an ability to rally everyone to his cause.

    Off shore oil is a stupid idea and it's also the providence of the associated states. Why does no one mention the nearly-free leases the oil companies have on interior lands to pump oil? No one mentions the toxic waste left over from nuclear power or the reduction of costs associated with expanding programs like solar power and alternative fuels.

    I put my trust in Obama for both his current platform and his ability (or potential) to move us forward out of the GOP stagnation.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  161. kiki from OMAHA

    Jack this energy problem or I will even say the hole issues during this election can be resume to this.
    How can you give the rest of what is left for you as money to somebody that you know is been robbing you for over 26 years to manage for you? That is insane.
    In 26 years in the senate McSame doesn't think about upcomming energy crisis or does nothing to help solve that problem. Now that he's running for president here comes the false promises again.
    I am ready to try something new: OBAMA

    August 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  162. Jeremy D (University of Texas)

    McCain is pandering to people not enjoying high gas prices with offshore drilling being the big part of his energy plan. That isn't a long term solution whatsoever. Any new oil project we start is going to take a 15-20 year committment for that investment to be viable. McCain is condemning us to relying on OIL for decades down the road. Obama is showing the judgment to beging steering us out of the hole we can't dirll ourselves out of. Why is McCain's main idea to take two steps back with our oil dependence. Two steps back financially, two steps back with fighting these oil lobbyists, and two steps back in terms of helping the environment. His "all of the above" plan may have a net benefit of half of step. Obama is only willing to take a small step back (and drill) if we take a huge leap forward in terms of other green energy industries.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  163. sandi-arizona

    Well, lets see. The last politician with a real plan to be independent of oil was Jimmy Carter. And then Americans were feeling so sorry and deprived that they elected Reagan, sho told us "happy days are here again" and ended all of the plans for energy independence. And here we are today. We have another Democrat telling us to be free of big oil we will have to make some sacrifices and change our way of thinking as well as invest in alternative sources and we have a Republican telling us we just have to drill to have the happy days again.

    Maybe it's time we learn from the past. Had we stayed on Jimmy Carters course, we wouldn't be having this discussion or be looking at $4.00 a gallon for gas. The time is now not to be derailed by false promises and wanting to feel good. The future is going to take all of us together to stay on course and do what it takes to get off oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  164. Deb

    No, I don't believe either of them will be able to solve the energy problems in a 4 year span of time. Both candiates have the power to make changes for the better, but the question that remains is WILL they? I just hope that neither of them take steps to create MORE problems in the future. Sadly, the latter is probably what will happen.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  165. L.M.,Arizona

    I think our energy problems go back to the secret meeting held by Cheney and his oil buddies during the first 90 days of the Bush administration. Polices were set and we have exactly what Bush and Cheney wanted. Do really believe any of these guys family,friends,and business associates are complaining. I don't think so. They were so brazen that the american public were caught off guard now that public will demand an energy policy.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  166. Janice Pound

    Obama. Every problem we have he talks long term, going forward. McCain like Bush wants to keep us in the dark ages. McCain received 1 mill.$ contribution this past week from the oil cos. the minute he said off shore drilling. Off shore drilling is not a sure productive site and is potentially environmentally unsafe. The oil cos. have mucho acreas on land that have been confirmed safe. Also McCain has been pushing nuclear power I heard him say several hundred plants a paper said 49. One more is too many. The arguments for storage facilities is a problem now,. And may I point out the cost of one plant would be astronomical Guess who would pay. Both drilling and nuclear power takes 10 yrs from start to finished product. We better start with Obam's wind & solar and Willie Nelsons veg.oil!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  167. E. B. - Atlanta

    Truth of the matter is, who has more to gain in successfully impacting the energy issue. Obama could build a legacy by this achievement, he strikes me as someone that would appreciate a feather like that in his pocket. McCain, well, I believe acheiving the Presidency would be enough for him.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  168. Ronald Holst

    Jack Half dozen of one and six of the other actually neither one can do any thing just like the gas shortage of the 70s If we the people refuse to Buy The gas guzzlers and though about more about conservation .I am sure Gas wold still have gone up but not much more That $3.00 a gallon.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  169. BigD Northern Mn

    Jack, The Only Energy Policy that will be Accepted by a Majority of Americans is a Policy where We Have Cheap Gas & Lots of It.

    Reagan just Declared It in the '80s and Made It So. We Need Someone, a Republican, To Declare "Cheap Gas," & Don't try to Do Anything About It,
    Like Reagan who FED the Solution with O'Kaying Gas Guzzling. Thanks Ronald Reagan for Blinding Our Eyes.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  170. E. B. - Atlanta

    Truth of the matter is, who has more to gain in successfully impacting the energy issue. Obama could build a legacy by this achievement, he strikes me as someone that would appreciate a feather like that in his hat. McCain, well, I believe acheiving the Presidency would be enough for him.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  171. Zeke in Weed, NM

    I just heard John McCain giving a speech on how safe nuclear energy is. He bragged about how he was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the first nuclear aircraft carrier, and he boasted about how safe it was. Correct me if I'm wrong Jack, but didn't a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine leak radiation for two years, contaminating Japan, Guam, Hawaii...and the entire Pacific Ocean. Put me in the No Nukes category, would you please?

    August 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  172. AVEE from Richmond,VA

    Neither of them can solve our eneryg problems. Especially McCain. This did not happen over night. Why has McCain waited so long to talk about drilling off shore if he is such the Maverick? Oh, I forgot he had to wait for Bush to give him the go ahead. Gas tax holiday? Just when was he planning to get that legislation to Congress? Summer is practically over and he has let that go by the wayside.

    Obama has good ideas but I don't see the clear road to get there. Windfall profit tax? Just how will he impliment that? If he can't cut down on specualtion, then that would definitely a good start. I am so sick of hearing we have an oil surplus, but now the supplies are low from week to week. Pure Speculation.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  173. Terry from Kalispell, Montana

    I've got to think that Obama can have a little influence. He's recently started touting an idea that's been around for a while: stop fighting an expensive war to control foreign oil and put the money into completely eliminating the use of foreign oil within ten years. Good plan, idealistic and at least as doable as Kennedy's moon goal. But McCain? Not a chance.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  174. BeeVee

    I have no confidence whatsoever that Mr. McCain's enery policies will solve our enrgy problems. He is interested only in supporting the big oil companies. He talks very little about seriously developing alternate energy sources. Just hung up on offshore drilling that sounds good to hear but will never get us energy independent. Obama will do better with his emphasis in putting money into other sources of energy.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  175. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    No...not in a free Market society. If a goverment sets prices in the market you have anything but freedom. They can have an effect by taxing it to the point the suppliers go out of buisness but thats about it.
    In a free Market only the consumer can really effect change. Stop buying it and the price will go down and even better alternatives will start appearing. Thats da fact Jack! Sorry couldn't resist it.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  176. Darr/Cleveland/Ohio

    For the immediate future I believe none of the candidates could solve the energy problem. We as a people are to hooked and dependent upon our cars and hence oil. If anything a start is needed not only by Obama or McCain, but by all of us to begin conserving our fuel or thinking of alternative means to power our country. We have the largest deposit of coal in the world and still cannot solve the carbon dioxide problem coal gives off–to create a clean and efficient means of using our coal would be a start. But who of the two candidates can lead us in the right direction? That is the true question.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  177. Grant Devereaux

    We have had the ability to be independent of foreign oil for decades. Oil Companies have controlled government energy policy for at least 100 years. Obama is less in the pockets of oil companies than McCain. Whether Obama has the guts to take them on, however, is yet to vbe seen.

    Surely McCain has already surrendered, making more oil subsidies and more drilling for oil the centerpiece of his "getting off oil addiction" program. Kind of like giving up cocaine by switching to heroin.

    Grant Devereaux

    Nashville TN

    August 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  178. John, NC

    Well Jack, I believe McCain and his friends have so much money invested in oil companies , that offshore drilling is the only thing they want, RIGHT NOW! Obama instead, focuses on alternative fuel sources,which also helps to the environment. You put this on the balance and tell me which one looks better?

    August 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  179. Bill from Alabama

    McCain has a better chance of tackling the energy problem,as he will be more able to solicit Bi-partisan participation.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  180. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    I don't believe that either candidate ALONE, can solve the energy crisis! It will take ALL of us doing our part; conserving, getting rid of our SUV's.

    The next president (hopefully Sen. Obama) will have to gather the best minds in our Nation, oil men, scientists, etc., to come up with a plan. And of course, I hope that T. Boone Pickens will head that "think-tank" of our brightest minds.

    It will take American ingenuity! And a president who is not in the pocket of the oil companies. For 30 years, nothing has been done. When President Carter suggested that we conserve, you know what the oil companies did, they slowed production so that their profits would not be affected and the price of oil went up. If you don't believe me check it out.......... Google and fact check everything.

    Big Oil has not wanted us to be independent of oil......... duh.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  181. Betty - California

    Not right away. I believe trial and error will have to occur before any benefits are reaped.

    Obama '08

    August 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  182. Jim C

    Jack what good is the speculation? Politicians never listen to Scientists in the know. And Corporate America only listens to its bottom line with no care for future generations.
    The Media always was the one to keep both sides in order until they became a part of corporate America and gave up their first amendment rights. Or as we used to say in the old days:

    August 7, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  183. Debbie from Blue Springs, MO

    Obama has some impressive plans, but I am not sure he will carry them out. McCain also has some impressive plans that include all options for getting us off of fossil fuels. Our dependence on fossil fuels is putting our national security at risk. We get 70% of our fossil fuels from foreign nations. Many countries use Nuclear power to provide energy. We have to think big to get off of fossil fuels.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  184. Bob S Philadelphia, PA


    From what I can tell and hear looks like to me McCain seems to have the better idea's that's if you can believe what either one has to say? They both seem to talk out of both sides of their mouth! First they are for what they were against and then there against what they were for? WHEW

    August 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  185. Ben from Georgia

    Obama might actually listen to the rest of the world and help solve our energy crisis.
    McSame is well McSame. Case Closed.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  186. Joy

    Until the American people wake up to the fact that cheap gas is no longer an option, neither Obama nor McCain will accomplish much. The American people have to be willing give up gas guzzlers, be more open to public transportation and realize that the Middle East is not our personal gas station. We can break our dependence on foreign oil by investing in alternative energy and retooling Detroit to produce alternative fuel cars. Think of the jobs that could come back to those areas. It's a win-win situation but as long as politicians are in hock to the oil companies, it's just a dream.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  187. Rod From Chicago

    John McCain has received two million dollars from the oil industry, and now he wants to give them a four Billion dollar tax break, when they are raking- in record profits on the shoulders of America. So, John McCain said, “Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long-term about the future of the country.”
    What John McCain neglected to mention was that during those thirty years, he was in Washington for twenty-six of them. And in all that time, he did little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Not to mention, that out of the last twenty eight years, twenty of those years, our nation energy policies were manipulated by an oil man in the White house representing his party interest (George Sr.12 years. George Jr.8 years) that have all but destroyed our Country.
    Here is some straight talk. When John McCain was running in the Republican primary he never, I mean never mentioned or addressed anything about this nation energy problems, while Barack Obama has made this issue one of the main theme of his campaign for about an eighteen months now. Thus, after the primary, he saw that Barack Obama energy position along with his other genuine innovative ideas were getting attention he flip-flopped, and quickly turned into Mitt Romney. The Straight Talk express at its best. So Jack, no one knows which candidate would solve this mess, but it is quite obvious on who has been very disingenuous.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  188. marietta

    Obama can handle the energy problem and will look at all avenues period. This did not happen over night 30 years of so called experienced Presidents who DID NOT LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS period! Clean house and get them all out period! Obama is very intellegent and has the qualifications to comprehend to the depths of all issues. The republicans only wise they had Obama instead of McCain.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  189. Heather- Kennesaw, GA

    Obama is our only chance. We are going to have to sacrifice a great deal to become energy independent. McCain scoffs at any suggestion that
    that we as Americans need to take any active part in doing so, e.g.,
    tire gauges, consuming less energy, etc. If the "white haired dude"
    gets into office, we're screwed.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  190. Richard Green

    John McCain has been on the wrong side [or both sides] of every issue throughout his mediocre career. He won't come close to solving any of our problems; let alone one as large as the energy problem because he'll switch sides too many times to accomplish anything.

    Richard Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  191. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    When have you seen a Republican care about other people? They want us to all fend for ourselves..........my money is on Obama.....click......Ohhh there goes another donation to Obama.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  192. KS

    Jack, we, as Americans must solve our energy problems through tough sacrifices and the beginning of the development and use of alternative forms of energy. Neither Obama or McCain can solve our problem but as our President or Leader, one of them must start us in the right direction.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  193. Ronald Knight

    It's silly to think that any one individual, whether or not he is a presidential candidate , is going to solve the energy problems in this country. What is needed by one of these candidates is the commitment to bring together 20 or so of the best former corporate and industrial leaders , who have no current personal financial stake, to confer and provide us with some wise guidance. Let them meet in secret for a month, so no one is attempting to grandstand, and then prioritize their written proposals to the new president. These men and women should not be selected on the basis of any political affiliation, but on the basis of their reputation for bold and wise leadership.
    Ron Knight, Macon, GA

    August 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  194. Bill - Asheboro, North Carolina

    No, and I never invisioned myself saying this but honestly Paris Hilton has had the best energy plan so far. If we stop conserving oil now and open up all reserves the money saved can be channeled into funding to support the high costs of new technology because frankly Jack, when we switch to new energy sources were not going to need oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  195. Jean-Charles Canada

    McCain seem to say that the offshore drilling is the major solution to the energy situation. His message is: lets drill now, today.... and maybe Monday we will have more oil at the gas pump. There is no such speedy strategy. McCain should say that it will take at leasdt 10 years before the country is freed from middle east imports.
    Obama is much more realistic and has a better approach.

    Ottawa, Canada

    August 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  196. michael Las Vegas

    Answer : No not either will.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  197. Randy, Salt Lake City

    None whatsoever. Both are taking money from Big Oil so it doesn't matter what they say. Whoever gets selected dicta...er .... President, will have to do the bidding of the oil conglomerates -and the pharmacutical companies, the insurance companies, the defense companies, AIPAC, etc., etc., etc. We should just rename this country: "The United Corporations of America." Put a fork in this country, it's done.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  198. Tom C, Stuart, Fl

    Jack, the two combined have spewed enough methane from their mouths in the past year to probably fuel my car for twenty years. Like Bush and Cheney, once appointed president , everything they do will only benefit themselves. My answer is NO.

    Tom C. Stuart, FL.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  199. Lesley, Lighthouse Point, FL

    The only way we are going to work our way out of this crisis is with innovation and progressive policies coupled with the ability to find common ground and initiate compromise. John McCain is the antithesis of innovation. Heck, he doesn't even understand computers and the internet! Barack Obama is our only hope to more forward. He is not tied to big oil like the McCain camp. This is going to take a comprehensive plan fueled by an administration that has the ability to listen to everyone, not just those big corporate types who have been controlling things albiet unsuccessfully for the past 7 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  200. Ed North Carolina

    No one can until the American people decide they want it solved and are willing to do what it takes. I guess a politician can't say that $4.00 plus gas is part of what it will take. We need to continue to cut back on our usage and develope alternatives. As long as gasoline is cheap we will do nothing.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  201. george cashmann

    it will take a lot of backroom deals to reach the energy efficiency goal. Right now it seems like Obama is ready to compromise so he stands the better chance of attaining that goal

    August 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  202. Adam from Baltimore, MD

    Not much, Jack. Obama has the right idea, rewarding consumers and companies for cutting back on fossil fuel use, but his 10-year plan is a joke. Meanwhile, McCain rambles on about offshore drilling and nuclear power as if he believes increasing domestic supply by 5% will make an actual difference. Someone needs to step up.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  203. Daniel in Milwaukee

    The world has and is becoming all energy consuming. If GOD himself came down to help us, the energy crisis would not be solved. It is perpetually getting worse, and there are many signs of this. Another world war may temporarily set us all back to create the illusion that is has been solved, but it will rear its ugly head again when the worlds' population hits its peak again.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  204. Mike Stewart

    I don't think either will be able to solve our energy problems without doing something no politician wants to do: ask the American public to sacrifice and conserve. If Americans would simply change their driving habits our dependence on foreign oil and the price of gasoline would both be significantly reduced, but nobody wants to talk about that. I bet you don't either, Jack.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  205. Charles

    McCain cannot solve the energy crisis. He is in the hip pocket of big oil men. We have enough oil to last for 60 years. Cain says "
    No worries. I've got a rich wife to take care of me." Nuclear energy gives McCain a chance to play war again. This might enable McCain to finally win a war, after all he did win in Viet Nam.

    Vote Obama. He is the only candidate with a legitimate plan and a real concern about our future.

    Take McCain to the toy store, so that he can a toy computer to play with.

    Charles from South Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  206. Janet, USA via Toronto

    Obama 100+% – McCain 000-%

    August 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  207. joe joe

    Senator Obama will solve or energy problem with efficieny. Something that McCain does NOT understand . John McCain wants us to stay in Iraq for 100 years. He will not be in any hurry to help us solve our energy problem or all the other problems facing us today.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  208. Phil

    It is not the President's job to dictate such policy. The powers of the Federal Government are very carefully outlined in Article 1 of the Constitution, and as the Tenth Amendment Reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Energy is a market issue, and should be resolved by technological and marketing innovation. All a President can do is insist Congress reduce taxes to lighten the burden.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  209. Jerry--- Roselle, Illinois

    I didn't know it was the Presidents job to solve the energy
    problem. Isn't that what we have a congress for? Oh silly
    me for asking such a question.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  210. Cliff (Sunrise)


    Which John McCain are you referring to?

    Is it the John McCain against offshore drilling or the McCain that thinks offshore drilling is essential?

    Is it the John McCain against energy conservation or the one that thinks inflating tires are part of the solution?

    Obama has been right from the beginning, just as with Iraq, talking to Iran and locking out lobbyists. If the American people are ready to solve our energy problems, I trust Obama to be the one to execute the necessary changes.

    PS: My understanding of Obama and offshore drilling is that he is willing to compromise if necessary. Not a change in position – government 101 and elementary politics. The media really should report the facts.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  211. Tim

    While neither candidate can solve the energy crisis we face today on their own, I believe that Senator McCain has the most realisitc plan and that he has the ability to get Congress moving forward more than Senator Obama does. Its likely that the final result will be a little of both, but at least McCain will get the ball rolling without worsening the national economy in the process.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  212. Cliff Dick

    It is really up to the Congress and whoever is President and they must do all of the above which includes more drilling and nuclear energy. They all need to get off using the issue attempting to gain a political advantage.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  213. Jean-Charles Canada

    If Canada decides to keep its own oil and gas instead of selling it to the United States, maybe it will be difficult for either McCain or Obama to have a successful energy policy. Canada is the number one oil supplier for the United States.
    Canada exports more oil and gas than all of the Middle east and Venezuela together, to the USAs. I suggest the United States of America invest heavily in alternative energy sources. It is almost past midnight, it is about time the americans wake up and stop consuming energy they dont have. Stop the SUV, the big trucks, and the gas guzzlers.....

    Ottawa, Canada

    August 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  214. Redfoot, Hazlet, NJ.

    I don't think Anyone can Solve the Energy Problem even if they have a Full Congress and Senate 100%. The congress seems to want to keep things the way they've been. Or else they would have fixed the problem.

    What we Need is New Blood. People are afraid of Change. That's why Congress works less than 120 days a Year. You know Congress won't change thier work schedual.

    What a Waste our Government is. It's Hard for me to Understand how many people are republicans. Every rep. President starting with Reagan (Contra Weapons) and that Liar Marine Maj. whathisname all have Decieved us. dems too I guess.

    Are we the Best Country is in the World ? I'm not sure. But we USE to be

    August 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  215. John from Carlsbad

    I have more faith in Obama to do so because of his leadership style not because he knows about the problem itself. He can bring in experts to do the dirty work but we do need someone who can lead and leadership is not McCain's strength but it is Obama's. He is an inspirational leader and that is what our country needs. The substance in this case can be had through his choices for competent teams unlike Mr Bush did with his cronies.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  216. amarie/Atlanta

    I am supporting Barak Obama and all of his policies, period!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  217. john from indiana

    Obama has the better plan and I hope he gets elected.

    – former republicans for obama

    August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  218. Maria

    with the discipline and the hardwork that obama has put into this campaign, i am likely to trust him more than an old guy who doesnt work on weekends.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  219. Mark of Wilmington, NC

    I don't trust either Obama or McCain. Paris Hilton has the answer.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  220. Colin Archibald

    It's more of a question of which one will take us in the right direction. McCain is going to try to reduce the cost of oil so we don't have to do anything, and will be further behind the rest of the world.
    Colin, in Orlando, FL

    August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  221. Allen Vandal

    I think Obama will try. Mc Cain has had 26 years of so called experience what has he done.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  222. FA

    I have more faith in OJ finding the "real" killer.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  223. James

    As much as I have already made my own decision regarding this upcoming election, I don't have faith that ANY candidate, at ANY time could solve the problem while Congress continues to allow Big Oil lobbyists to line their pockets and essentially make national policy from behind the scenes.

    The question should be... With oil companies reporting record profits of $1,600 per second, which candidate has enough faith in himself to finally attempt to end the vicious cycle imposed upon the working majority by members of a very greedy minority.

    Lake In The Hills, IL

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  224. billy depp

    No, neither can and Obama will probably flip again before election anyway. It would take someone with character, strength, will power and experience and Hillary is not running anymore.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  225. Jim Necci

    Obama and McCain can't solve the energy problem. They can only jawbone it. Until the Congress decides to do something, anything please, we'll all just sit and stew.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  226. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    Not as much faith as I have in Paris Hilton but Obama might come in as a close second when the long term implications are considered.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  227. Bill, Stringtown, Ok.


    or change?

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  228. Nick D. Neighbour

    The Tooth Fairy tells me to trust 'em BOTH!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  229. tylar smith

    John McCain has done not one thing about our energy situation durring his 26 years in Washington and now all the sudden he is our energy guru, give me a break

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  230. Paul

    None, nada, zero...

    The answer to our energy problem must come from Congress, Industry and the people. Obama and McCain can talk all they want but until the aforementioned take a step together, we will see nothing.

    All Obama and McCain are doing is Talk, Talk, Talk ... and there no absolutely no substance to what they are saying.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Judy

    I have a lot more faith in Barack Obama to solve our energy crisis than I do John McCain. McCain has been in Washington for 26 years and hasn't seen fit to raise this issue. What we need is someone who has a vision and can move this country away from "Big Oil"

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  232. Keji Ajan

    Really can anybody solve our energy? I think everybody is going to try present a kind of stunt to deceive the public. I think it's all politics, we'll never know the actual outcome until they get into office whether obama or maccain will be able to solve our energy problem.. Most politicians preach one thing and they practice something else

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  233. Samir Hafza

    Yes, absolutely... If they do what Paris Hilton says should be done.

    Samir H
    Salt Lake City

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  234. Stan - San Francisco

    Write in Paris of the Hilton Party!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  235. Toby in Illinois

    It's not up to them. It's up to the corporations that own them. Once the corporations ha've made all the profit they can from oil, then – and only then – will they move on to a new form of energy that they can maintain control of for their own profit.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  236. Moises

    None of them will do anything. They are grabbing cheap environmentalist votes, while at the same time supporting off-shore drilling to hush motorists just enough for their votes, and really, I think it's just pathetic. They should save those promises and instead do before they say. Let's just see what happens.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  237. Richard

    No faith in either one of them whatsoever. They are both professional politicians trying to get elected and will say and do anything to that end.
    When is the Independent Party Convention so that we will have a real choice with someone like Ron Paul to vote for?
    Richard in Toledo

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  238. James Johnstone

    Obama will solve the energy problem. John McCain is being bought off by big oil....They gave him millions to go out and try to get them some easy oil (offshore) to increase their profits....So sad that John has sold out to try and get elected.

    James in Santa Fe

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  239. Nancy Boose

    There is no way either of the candidates for President can get energy problems solved, unless they are able to bring Congress together to do agree to do something. In other words, a "uniter" is desperately needed. Are either of them capable of uniting? Seems unlikely.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  240. Jordan, Charlottesville, VA

    With or without a competent president in office, the pieces are already in place. Although gas and oil are dropping in price the levels they hit sent a message to America and all the world. The private sector knows that renewable energy is the way to go. It's just a matter of time before exponential increases in green investments spark freedom from foreign oil.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  241. Maureen

    I believe Obama is our best choice considering that McCain has been in senate for 26 years and never proposed a bill on energy. The republicans blocked offshore drilling all these years and now they are using offshore drilling to score a cheap political point; unfortunately the democrats are letting them do so.
    All these talks about experience is silly because McCain has not proven so.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  242. Steve (Atlanta)

    McCain has more concrete plans that aren't solutions.

    Obama has more amorphous plans that also don't solve things fast enough.

    So, neither.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  243. Richard Holt

    I have no faith in off shore drilling claims by John Mcain that we could start drilling immeadiately when the New York Times reports drilling rigs are booked solid for the next 5 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  244. Brent Courtenay, Canada.


    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  245. Steven

    Jack, although I have doubts about both plans as they now stand, I have to question McCain's energy plan when just the other day he spoke to a Harley rally in which every point he made about saving gas led to a chorus of engine revs. From the sound of it, in that one speech, they used up all the oil we might get from off-shore drilling.

    Ann Arbor, MI

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  246. C S N Tucson, AZ-Former Republican

    Yes, Obama can!

    Obama: get us off Middle East and Venezuelan oil within 10 years.

    That should be entirely possible because we get a lot of oil from Canada and Mexico.

    We need NEW Blood in Washington!
    Even Republican T. Boone Pickens agrees with Sen Obama!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  247. Rich Monk

    Jack, you may be Old but you are always on the ball!
    McCain's 25 years experience created the failed policies we have now in the USA. I much prefer Senator Obama and his insight into the future of a Stronger America with innovation, technology, and Spirit. Americans can and will do anything that is needed, however we have lacked leadership the past 40 years. Now is the time for (President) Obama to lead this Nation into Greatness once again

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  248. Sham Lewis

    Honestly, I think they're both right, so as a result I think they should listen to Paris Hilton. Off shore drilling and alternative energy sources seem like a logical way to do things. If you ask me I don't think one is more important than the other. We need to be energy independent and we need to do it as soon as possible. Do I think either will get the job done? Not really.

    Sham, Las Vegas, NV.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  249. Bill Preece

    Obama of course but lets face it without the Congress onboard its all a pipe dream. The best laid plans of mice and men get eaten by the the Capital Hill Rats as usual.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  250. Margaret in Tulsa

    I have faith that Sen. Obama will try to do everything he has said about tge development of energy diversity. He has all the facts and figures at his fingertips right now. All he has to do is cleanse the government of all the conservative Republican apparatchiks, bring in people from the green movement, and we will see improvement in alternative fuels and the reduction of global warming. He's smart enough for it all.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  251. Jeanie from Berlin, CT

    John McCain has been in Washington for 26 years and has done nothing to prevent the situation we are now in when any idiot could have seen the writing on the wall. On the other hand, I believe that Obama, being a fresh face in Washington has what it takes to see us through this crisis. He is intelligent and trustworthy. Therefore, I believe and have faith in him.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |