Republicans rallied in Minneapolis-St. Paul around a market-based energy policy that would end restrictions on offshore and Alaskan oil and gas drilling and roll back the federal mandate for ethanol. They back action on climate change on the condition it is \u201cglobal,\u201d \u201csound,\u201d and does \u201cnot harm the economy.\u201d \u201cNew drilling has to be part of our energy solution,\u201d said Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ). \u201cIt will not solve the problem alone,\u201d he said in the days leading up to the convention Instead, McCain advocates a panoply approach. Consequently, the Republican platform also calls for increased use of nuclear power, renewable energy technologies, clean coal, energy efficiency, and grid modernization. The platform also urges an end to the headlong rush to make biofuels, issuing a strong statement saying that the world must never trade off fuel versus food, alluding to growing concern that increased use of biofuels has triggered higher food prices. \u201cThe U.S. government should end mandates for ethanol and let the free market work,\u201d it concluded. \u201cWith John McCain, Republicans have fought for an \u2018all-of-the-above\u2019 energy strategy to lower gas prices and end our dangerous dependence on foreign oil,\u201d Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) told delegates. Increasing supplies will lower the price of energy, according to the platform. \u201cFamilies and small businesses today are struggling,\u201d said Boehner, who is House minority leader. \u201cSky-high gas prices and soaring health costs are squeezing them from both ends. Heritage Foundation analyst Nick Loris used the convention as occasion to call for privatization of the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository to allow \u201cthe private sector to price geologic storage [of nuclear waste] as a commodity.\u201d Doing so, he said, would open the path to building more nuclear plants since the lack of a long-term way to manage spent nuclear fuel has been a major stumbling block for new plants for decades. Others highlighted the benefits of more domestic oil and gas drilling. Wide areas \u201care off limits to offshore oil and natural gas exploration and drilling,\u201d said Ben Lieberman, Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst, adding that so are \u201cpromising onshore sites such as the few thousand acres at the edge of Alaska\u2019s 19.6 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.\u201d The Republican platform maintains that drilling can be conducted today without harming the environment due to technological advances in oil and gas production. As Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast on the opening day of the convention, Lieberman also highlighted that drilling over wider areas would add \u201cresiliency against natural disasters.\u201d If a storm shut down Gulf production, oil and gas would still flow from other domestic locations, he said. The Republican platform also calls for developing clean coal technology, including support for carbon capture and sequestration, as well as coal-to-liquid and coal gasification plants. It further envisions North America wide cooperation on energy to fully develop proven oil reserves and what it calls \u201cvast, untapped Canadian hydroelectric generation.\u201d Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) praised McCain for tackling global warming in the Senate. McCain and Lieberman both have supported cap-and-trade legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Eventually, the platform said, the nation must move to zero emissions energy technologies. Meanwhile, maintaining a ready supply of fossil fuels will serve as a bridge to a clean energy future.