When it comes to energy, John McCain seems to have quite a bit in common with his challenger, Barack Obama. Both candidates want to reduce US dependence on foreign oil., and both want to promote clean, alternative sources of energy. But they part ways on how these goals should be achieved.
The Republican presidential candidate's energy plan, the Lexington Project, which outlines his program for leading the country to energy independence by 2025, is big on tapping the huge U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas.
But, like Obama, and unlike his running mate, Palin, McCain does not favor drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge(ANWR), which is the largest land-based oil reserve in the U.S. In a recent Houston Chronicle article, the reporter David Ivanovich cited a speech in which McCain said, “We confer special status on some areas of our country that are best left undisturbed. When America set aside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge , we called it a refuge for a reason.” Palin, on the other hand, has called for opening part of ANWR to drilling. ANWR aside, McCain favors more drilling in other regions like the waters off the coast of Florida. Obama is not so sure.