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June 16, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Nick Berning, 202-222-0748

‘Exxon John’ McCain Turns Back on Planet, Pushes Off-Shore Drilling

McCain gimmick is not solution to energy crisis; focus must be on affordable alternatives

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder had the following statement in response to John McCain’s plan to announce an off-shore drilling proposal tomorrow:

“If John McCain were looking for a way to prove he’s running for George Bush’s third term, he couldn’t do better than this. Maybe we should start calling him ‘Exxon John.’

“More drilling is not the answer to our energy crisis. Fortunately, Barack Obama is focusing on real solutions that are good for the planet and will ease pain at the pump. Obama is talking about fuel-efficient cars, expanded passenger rail, mass transit, and other clean ways of reducing demand for oil that can lighten the burden on Americans’ pocketbooks immediately. That’s the type of leadership we need.”

Friends of the Earth Action endorsed Obama in May after he rejected a gas-tax holiday gimmick proposed by McCain. The group has also opposed McCain’s efforts to award massive amounts of pork to the nuclear industry, and aired national network TV ads encouraging McCain to abandon this position before Earth Day. Those ads can be viewed at: http://www.foeaction.org/McCain/

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Friends of the Earth Action (www.foeaction.org) provides extra muscle to our sister organization, Friends of the Earth, in legislative battles affecting our environment. FoE Action and our affiliated PAC also serve as Friends of the Earth's political arm, making thoughtful political endorsements, providing direct support to candidates, and placing environmentalists in the field on critical campaigns. Friends of the Earth Action's mission is to promote a clean, healthy and just world and to ensure that we have lawmakers who will work to protect the environment.

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