James Pethoukis of USNWR has a series of suggestions for McCain on how he can pull some political jiujitsu and turn energy against Obama. (Why has nobody ever thought of something like this before?)
The problem is, all of the solutions boil down to: fuck everything you said before, and paint alternative energy and environmentalism as akin to economic terrorism.
4) Accuse Obama of wanting to launch a pre-emptive war on the American economy. McCain could attack Obama’s plan on two main fronts: its overreliance on alternative energy vs. fossil fuels and nukes, and Obama’s seeming willingness to go ahead with capping carbon emissions even if India and China—America’s two main economic rivals of the future—take a pass. I can almost hear McCain now: “Senator Obama’s policies would be tantamount to unilateral disarmament in our economic competition with our global competitors. It is another example of his naiveté.”
McCain sorta kinda wants to cap carbon emissions, too.
The rest of his suggestions follow the same disturbing line – if it can’t be done cheaply, quickly, and with little to no economic adjustment, then not only is it not worth doing, it’s long-term destructive to our way of life. If the ethos of Republican energy policy is going to be that everything we’ve done has worked well so far, then so be it. But at some point, if India or China comes up with the Next Big Energy Thing, and we’re stuck humming along in ANWR betting that new oil supplies will drive down oil speculation costs while one of our Big Foreign Friends is paying 20 cents on the dollar for the same amount of energy we use, we’re going to be boned in a way that defies all previous concepts of bonage.