Thomas Friedman says this focus on old technology shows McCain is the wrong candidate at the wrong time:
Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters” [Thomas Friedman, "Making America Stupid," New York Times, 2008.09.14]
Friedman is no out-of-touch, America-hating lefty. He acknowledges that "we're going to need oil for many years." He wants America to be a world leader. But he knows being a world leader means building economic power through innovation, not old technology.
The Republican Party should know better. Their rhetoric shows they don't.