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Posted by on Jun 25, 2008 in Politics | 11 comments

The Lexington Project

I’ve been hesitant to build up a lot of hope, but I’m starting to think that the future of America’s energy policies may wind up being the turnkey issue that drives a lot of us off the fence who have been either undecided or hovering around third party candidates out of frustration with our major party choices. CBS News is reporting on a new proposal from Sen. John McCain which is being dubbed “The Lexington Project” which may provide a ray of hope for those dismayed by Congressional inaction on an increasingly urgent topic.

Senator John McCain unveiled the name of his energy project in Las Vegas today as he wrapped up the western swing of his two week energy tour. Deemed the Lexington Project, McCain’s plan states the U.S. will be independent of foreign energy sources by the year 2025.

For the town where Americans asserted their independence once before,” McCain explained of the plan’s namesake in Virginia. “Let it begin today with this commitment: In a world of hostile and unstable suppliers of oil, this nation will achieve strategic independence by 2025.”

Anyone who is looking for a “silver bullet” to address our energy problems with one, single solution is doing nothing more than whistling their way past the graveyard. It’s going to require a patchwork of solutions in different areas where each makes sense. There are some serious possibilities laid out in this initiative which Congress would do well to consider. From the McCain team:

The Lexington Project Initiative Includes:

· Expanding Domestic Oil And Natural Gas Exploration And Production.
· Taking Action Now To Break Our Dependency On Foreign Oil By Reforming Our Transportation Sector.
· Investing In Clean, Alternative Sources Of Energy.
· Protecting Our Environment By Addressing Climate Change.
· Promoting Energy Efficiency.
· Addressing Speculative Pricing Of Oil.

It’s highly disappointing when Congress talks endlessly about issues which they feel will deliver political advantage and then wind up doing nothing. One great example is immigration. (Just to pick one of many, of course.) Stop talking about building a 100 foot high electric fence across the Mexican border with a moat and sharks and dinosaurs. You’ve bored us to death. If you were serious about it you would be moving to stiffen penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens and putting the funding and resources in place to pursue those prosecutions. If you lack the political will to do that, please stop wasting our time.

Congress has done much of the same on the energy issue. We have two Senators running for president right now. Don’t tell me what you’re going to do after we elect you. You’re in a position to do something right now. If either of them can get Congress together to wrestle something like the Lexington Project to the ground, then you will have impressed me.

Get to work, gentlemen. This is coming down to crunch time and we need a lot more than talk. This Lexington Project proposal is a good start. Let’s see if Congress can’t actually get past the partisan bickering and do something about it.

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  • pacatrue

    Hmm… Well, I certainly applaud the goals, but I’ve been unable so far (albeit not too much time spent yet) to see any details about how to accomplish any of these things in the Lexington Project. Without some outline, it’s kind of like “I promise to celebrate mothers and apple pie.” If anyone’s found more info on the Lexington idea, please copy the link here.

  • This program would be perfect for Obama to also sign on to. However, he might get slammed for the increased domestic production part.

    I also support such a program.

  • jchem

    The program sounds good. But that’s just it…it “sounds” good. All too often I hear politicians saying “By the year [fill in your favorite] we will achieve this, that, or the other. When that year actually comes around, we find that we’re still having the same debates as we always have had. I agree with Jazz…I want to see some action. What are the steps to take, and who can we look to who is leading the charge? Right now, I can’t point a finger anywhere…

  • denisedh

    McCain has been in the Senate for many years. What is his record on energy issues and what have been his connections to the lobbying groups that essentially wrote the last energy bill to emerge from the Senate? McCain’s home state of Arizona boasts a city (Phoenix) with no effective transportation plan except sitting for hours in traffic, but this is likely related to poor local planning…
    Just my thoughts on this new proposal, but it beats a summer gas tax holiday.

  • aba23

    C’mon you cynics! Don’t you see that teh awesome Lexington Project will TAKE ACTION NOW on oil dependency, INVEST in alternatives, PROMOTE efficiency, and ADDRESS climate change and speculators in the oil market (Helllll-looo climate change and speculators!).

    SIGN ME UP!

    I do heartily agree with Jazz that incumbent politicians who are running for president should engage in a lot more showing and a lot less talking.

  • We should have had a Lexington project 20 or 30 years ago but big oil convinced congress not to include alternate energy sources except for ethanol pork for ADM. Now with oil running out and increasing in price the market is taking care of it. General Electric and others are already working on battery research – not just for cars but for trains and long haul trucks. GE will have the first batteries to replace the Diesel in Diesel Electric locomotives in prototype next year. General Motors will have the first mass produced Electric cars to market in 2010 – a year or two ahead of the Japanese. It’s just more hot air from McCain. If he had suggested it 20 years ago it would have been a good idea but his oil company masters would not allow it.

  • aba23

    Careful, next we may have to admit that Carter was right about the metric system, too.

  • runasim

    What is new here, except tor giving a list of goals a title?

    The Democrats have been talking for several years about the need to have a Manhattan-like project for energy.

    There are only two ideas that are different, and one is drilling for oil. We’ve already been through that, and I’ll listen when McCain explains why we’re not drilling now in the areas already available.

    The other ‘new’ idea concerns public transportation. As ridership increases, urban areas are already adjusting, but the experience has been rocky. There would need to be heavy investment in new vehicles and increased fares to cover the cost of additional personnel. Is he talking about the Fed. gov. finnacing this tranformation?

    I give McCain credit for a nifty sounding title. Other than that, it’s a rehash of old ideas, much like what Congress is accused of doing.

    Great. McCain gives us a) Victory in Iraq and 2) the Lexington Project. Soundis like two tracks on a musical album. .
    I can’t imagine why I’m so underwhelmed.

  • Rambie

    McCain has already voted down alternative energy in the bill that would have renewed tax breaks for those who invest in solar.

    His record will speak for itself.

    Jazz, I can’t believe you’re so easily fooled by this, would you have rolled over so easy if Obama had suggested it? As Runasim said, it’s just a fancy name on a list of goals that has been talked about for years.

    I’d be more excited if he’d talk about the DETAILS to get to those goals by 2025. What, wasn’t Obama being accused of not giving enough details?

  • You’ll note I only point to these as impressive “goals” and am waiting to see if anyone can herd the cats of congress into order long enough to actually move toward those goals.

  • RememberNovember

    It’s one thing to throw out a re-packaged, cut and pasted initiative ( like a Cindy McCain cookie recipe), and another to actually follow up and execute said initiative. Look at Bush’s failed initiatives. More of the McSame- don’t get all jazzed about it if I were you.

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