Of the Republican pack fighting over the scraps for the Republican nomination for President, only John McCain chose to speak about Global Warming in New Hampshire. And, according to Time Magazine, Global Warming was one of eight keys to New Hampshire, with that being the only substantive issue. And, it seems quite possible that hot weather (and Global Warming) was a key to John McCain’s victory in New Hampshire’s Republican primary last week.
In two days, Michigan will be voting and it looks like Global Warming might again be key. In this case, it could assure that John McCain does not come out on top in the voting.
Now, when it came to New Hampshire, a number of organizations made a dedicated effort to make Global Warming a top agenda in this leading Presidential primary.
And, John McCain made Global Warming a top issue in New Hampshire in his talks.
“I will clean up the planet,” McCain said. “I will make global warming a priority.”
… appearing before a crowd of several hundred in this relatively liberal city, he focused solely on the environmental argument. He didn’t mention nuclear power. He was appealing directly to the state’s sizable environmental community …
And, this focus gave not just sound bites, but also photo bites …
Speaking outside the statehouse, McCain was cheered by a group of sign-wielding environmentalists. McCain cheered them back: “Way to go, global warming folks!” A hoarse-sounding McCain told the crowd: “I want to assure you I will make this planet clean … we will hand to you a cleaner planet than the one you were living in before I became president of the United States, I promise you that.”
Moments later, as if on cue, a chunk of melting snow from the statehouse roof landed near McCain. Momentarily surprised, McCain assured the crowd he was OK.
“It’s just snow, thank you,” McCain said. “That’s that climate change there.”
Now, to be clear, John McCain’s ‘solution’ simply slows the headlong rush toward catastrophe, it would not turn us away from the dangerous path, his targets simply do not stand up to requirements.
I have been to Greenland, I have been to the South Pole. I’ve been to the Arctic and I know it’s real. I believe that we’ve got to go back to nuclear power. We’ve got to do alternative energy. We’ve got to have a cap and trade proposal …
Couric: Why has it taken so long, Senator?
McCain: Special interests. It’s the special interests. It’s the utility companies and the petroleum companies and other special interests. They’re the ones that have blocked progress in the congress of the United States and the administration. That’s a little straight talk.
No, there aren’t many leading Republicans saying that “special interests” like “petroleum companies” are inhibiting progress, are an obstacle to sane action on Global Warming.
On to Michigan …
Speaking of special interests, one of those obstacle “special interests” that has inhibiting Energy Smart action in the United States, one shouldn’t forget the auto industry. (Worth mentioning, of course, amid the Detroit Auto Show, with its seeming rehashing of showing off fuel inefficient vehicles.)
Michigan, home of special interests, wasn’t one of those early primary states targeted for specific, focused attention on Global Warming issues. And, the Denier machine is gearing up their attack on John McCain. And, that denier machine front-piece organization, “American Environmental Coalition” (an Astroturf name supreme; and the style of the website seems that way) contains many names associated with traditional Republican “base” constituencies. Some of the names:
Pat Robertson, The Christian Broadcasting Network
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Paul Weyrich, Free Congress Foundation
Gary Bauer, American Values
When it comes to climate change, John McCain and Al Gore are far too much alike for my comfort. John McCain has been sponsoring legislation for the past several years that would give Al Gore much of the regulatory control and power he sought when he and Bill Clinton tried to get America to sign on to the UN’s Kyoto global warming treaty.
Leading into the Michigan primary, voices from the Republican debate are calling on their faithful to reject reality, to deny what is becoming evident to the naked eye, to reject science, to deny the concept of reality-based policy concepts.
Now to the questioning
Was Global Warming a critical issue in the New Hampshire Republican primary and will it be critical in Michigan?
If New Hampshire’s Republican primary valued acknowledgment of reality, will Michigan’s Republicans reject it?