John McCain's campaign has released a stark new minute-long, web-only ad called "Energy Security" in which the candidate lays out his "plans to move America forward toward energy independence," in the words of a campaign release.
The spot opens with the words "A reliance on oil" appearing onscreen as ominous music plays in the background. Next come the words "A threat to our climate, "a threat to our economy," and "a threat to national security."
Cut to McCain speaking: "Much of the world's oil supply is controlled by states, regimes and a cartel for which America's well being is not exactly a priority." As McCain says this a map of Iran is shown, followed by a picture of a smiling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"We must shift our entire energy economy toward new and cleaner power sources such as wind, solar, biofuels," McCain continues. "It will include a variety of new automotive and fuel technologies, clean-burning coal and nuclear energy."
McCain then suggests he will have a demonstratively different energy policy than that of President George W. Bush, a fellow Republican.
"The next president must be willing to break with the energy policies not just of the current Administration, but the administrations that preceded it, and lead a great national campaign to achieve energy security for America," McCain says.
The Obama campaign, meanwhile, has released a memo blasting McCain's support for offshore oil drilling.
"The question is whether we are going to offer the American people real answers and genuine relief or the same, tired Washington gimmicks and special interest favors that have failed our families and country for too long," writes the Obama campaign. "With his proposal to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling that, as even the McCain campaign admits, wouldn't produce any increase in resources for years and his gas tax gimmick that economists agree wouldn't significantly reduce the price of gas if at all, John McCain has chosen to offer more of the same instead of change."
Watch the McCain ad below.