McCain’s Speech Energizes Houston

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was in Houston to discuss his plans to get America’s out of the energy crisis. Observers say his speech struck the right chord. Pat Hernandez has more.

McCain told an enthusiastic crowd at the Hilton Americas that the government has a duty to assure the energy security of this country. He said starting with the next term of the president, we must take control of our energy future and become once again the master of our fate.

“The next president must be willing to break with the energy policies, not just to the current administration but the administrations that preceded it, and lead a great national campaign to achieve energy security for America. I know how to do that, and I will do it my friends.”

McCain says we have the resources and we do have a choice at oil, gas and coal deposits and we’re gaining the means to use these resources in cleaner, more responsible ways. He blames government bureaucracy for not making energy affordable.

“There’s so much regulation of the industry that the last American refinery was built when Gerry Ford was President of the United States. As for nuclear energy, a pr oven energy source that produces zero emissions, we haven’t built a new reactor in 31 years.”

He talked about three countries that have invested billions to provide the energy needs of its people.

“China, Russia and India. They have the vision to set and carry out great goals in energy policy, then why don’t we?”

McCain says the straightest, swiftest path to energy security is to produce more, use less, and find new sources of power so that no commodity can determine our security and no crisis can undermine our economy. Clint Moore, a longtime petroleum geologist, says McCain struck the right balance between conservation and enhancing production and supply.

“I thought that he brought forth a very reasoned approach in lifting the moratorium for the offshore. I think if everyone recognizes that we need to have production in order to sustain to sustain this economy, we can conserve but we also need to produce. That’s a very important message that I think America needs to understand.”

He says we can’t conserve our way to lower prices unless we have enough supply to meet our energy needs.

Pat Hernandez. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.