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Large windmills and solar panels are seen Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Large windmills and solar panels are seen Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The economy and Wall Street crisis are like the whale that has surfaced to swallow the presidential campaign season. We saw it again in the debate last night.

But the bigger leviathan, the deeper monster waiting to bite, may still be energy and the environment.

John McCain and Barack Obama each have big plans on nukes, clean coal, and global warming. But their tag lines are very different: “Drill, baby, drill!” versus wind, solar, innovate.

Can we still afford either? Do we have a choice? We’ll ask their top advisers.

This hour, On Point: energy, the environment, and the choice on election day.

You can join the conversation. Who do you trust to lead the country toward a cleaner, safer energy future? And will economic crisis speed the move? Or slow it down?

Guests:

From San Francisco, we’re joined by James Woolsey, energy adviser to the McCain campaign, director of the CIA from 1993 to 1995, now a VantagePoint Ventures partner and Annenberg Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is a founding member of the Set America Free Coalition, which advocates for energy independence. To find out more about McCain’s ideas, see his energy plan.

From Washington, we’re joined by Elgie Holstein, senior energy policy adviser to the Obama campaign. Under President Clinton, he was chief of staff at the Energy Department and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To find out more about Obama’s ideas, see his energy plan.

Also from Washington is Keith Johnson, energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal and writer of its “Environmental Capital” blog.

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