Whats wrong with this advert? Nothing , that I can see. Except that it is one of many where republicans presidential hopefuls have done a total flip flop on climate change. All of them, it seems. In recent times , Gingrich has called a federal carbon tax "utterly irrational," and "a Chinese full-employment act," and says we can't act til we have a global consensus on carbon regulation.
There's something in the water...or in the Party bosses minds, or in the oil companies sights.
There's Tim Pawlenty of course who is looking for the GOP nomination for the Presidency. He keeps apologising for previously caring about the planet and our survival and promises not to let his brain get in the way again . What is this? Does it get any dumber ?
"Everybody in the race, at least the big names in the race, embraced climate change or cap-and-trade at one point or another, every one of us, so there's no one who has been in executive position whose name is being bantered in a first or second-tier way who hasn't embraced it in some way," the former Minnesota governor ">said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."
"The question is in my case, I've said, 'Look, I've made a mistake.' I think cap-and-trade would be a ham-fisted, unhelpful, damaging thing to the economy," Pawlenty added. "It's misguided. I made the mistake. I admit it. I'm not trying to be cute about it. I just come out and tell you it was a mistake."
During the interview, Ingraham played a radio advert that Pawlenty made for the Environmental Defense Fund where he pleads, "Come on Congress. Let’s get moving. Cap greenhouse gas pollution now."
And he was quite right to ask Congress to take action.
So why now, when he wants to represent the whole country does he think it's expedient and helpful to leave his brain behind in the morning? Have the unthinking got that much say in the Republican Party? And if he gets the nod, does he have to change his mind again and bring his brain back or does that jeopardise his position and does he have to keep the denial of science going ?
on the pre campaign trail , Mitt Romney regularly attacks Barack Obama for pushing a cap and trade system through Congress. In late 2009, he sent out a fund-raising appeal warning that the Obama cap-and-trade plan would have "a devastating impact on hard-working families."
But in Iowa in 2007, voicing concern about man-made global warming while supporting more government subsidies for new energy sources, new efficiency standards, and ">a new global carbon treaty, here he is with his brain in tact..
Interestingly we were talking to a group of Chinese students , very highly educated, who were debating democracy and one of them asked just how much of a democracy the US actually is when the big corporate interests control the candidates. Shock, horror, gasp went all of us ...and went into the usual retorts about how its better to have the choice and all the usual palava. But how much choice are we really getting? And who's actually controlling the agenda here ?
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