Who says that Barack Obama can’t attack? His statement today on McCain’s supposed commitment to climate change regulation:
It is truly breathtaking for John McCain to talk about combating climate change while voting against virtually every recent effort to actually invest in clean energy. You don’t have to look further than the wind turbine plant where Senator McCain is speaking today to assess his commitment to this cause. While Senator McCain talks about the need to invest in alternative energy, he rejected the single biggest investment in renewable energy in history, including incentives that contributed to a nearly 50% increase in wind power generation last year, and he has
repeatedly opposed renewable fuel mandates and higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.
In stark contrast, I’ve called for a national standard to ensure that we’re using more renewable energy, an expansion of our green energy sector that would create millions of green jobs, and a bipartisan plan to double our fuel efficiency standards. That is why the American people will have a clear choice in November when I am the nominee – between a candidate who opposes real solutions to our energy crisis, and leadership that will solve it once and for all.
I’m sure that McCain’s people will respond with something like, “so much for Obama wanting to establish a new discourse in politics. He’s a hypocrite, yadda yadda yadda….” The question is whether the press falls for it. I’m sure that McCain would like to have a rule that says that criticism of their candidate is off-limits. But if he can’t stand up to a wholly policy-based attack, then how can he stand up to the terrorists?