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“Things like solar [photovoltaics], things like wind, were invented in American laboratories but have been commercialized by the Germans and the Japanese and the Danes. They’ve made money off these things because they took them from the lab to the market, and that’s what Obama’s proposing to do,” he said.

Mr. McCain on Tuesday said his proposals lay out “a plan of action,” as compared with “Dr. No,” as his campaign has taken to calling Mr. Obama.

Mr. McKenna said in rejecting any further use of conventional energy supplies that Mr. Obama is matching his party’s stance.

“You can’t find a Democrat who’s in favor of producing energy from actual sources that exist right now,” Mr. McKenna said. “They’re always in favor of something that’s going to happen in the future. That’s wonderful. That’s not what the American people want right now.”