GOP Going 'Green,' With Oil on the Side

Party's newly crafted policy backs renewable energy—plus drilling
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 5:14 AM CDT
GOP Going 'Green,' With Oil on the Side
An offshore oil platform. Offshore oil exploration may become one of the flashpoints of the campaign.   (Getty Images)

An elite group of Republican senators met yesterday to craft an energy policy which the GOP claims is greener than the Democrats' plan, and more likely to control gas prices. Republicans will emphasize conservation—along with more nuclear plants and oil drilling—and have dubbed Barack Obama's opposition to increased drilling "Obamanomics," reports the Hill.

“Republicans will do both—find more oil, use less. Democrats won’t,”  Sen. Lamar Alexander said at a presentation of the plan to some 30 senators at a closed-door lunch. One Democratic leader called the policy "defensive and last-gasp. Two words: oil companies. They have for seven years done exactly what the oil companies wanted.” (More energy policy stories.)

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