Morning Brief: Candidates fight over energy
Top Story Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Barack Obama and John McCain are trading shots over energy policy this week. As Obama introduced a new “comprehensive energy plan (pdf)” and reversed his position on releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, his rival called for Congress to come back from its August recess and vote to allow ...
Barack Obama and John McCain are trading shots over energy policy this week. As Obama introduced a new “comprehensive energy plan (pdf)” and reversed his position on releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, his rival called for Congress to come back from its August recess and vote to allow more offshore drilling. Republicans, meanwhile, are mocking Obama for suggesting that Americans fill their tires to get better gas mileage.
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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