(YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO) - On day two of his "Energy Week", Barack Obama will slam John McCain's energy plan while outlining his "new energy" policy at a town hall meeting today.
"Under Senator McCain's plan, the oil companies get billions more, we don't pay any less at the pump, and we stay in the same cycle of dependence on oil that got us into this crisis," Obama will say this morning, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
"The oil companies have placed their bet on Senator McCain, and if he wins, they will continue to cash in while our families and our economy suffer and our future is put in jeopardy."
Obama has spent the last several days discussing what he calls "the greatest challenge of our time", the energy crisis, after introducing his "New Energy Plan" last Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida. His plan includes a $1,000 rebate for struggling families to be funded by profits from a windfall tax of oil companies.
In addition, since Friday, Obama has shifted on some of his energy policies. For instance, after adamantly opposing new domestic oil drilling, Obama said Friday he would agree to limited offshore drilling "if it's necessary to actually pass a comprehensive" energy plan proposed in the Senate. And yesterday for the first time, he called for tapping into the the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.