Al Gore likes to comment that Global Warming, its existence and the need to act on it, should not be a political issue.
Protecting the earth from global warming is a mandatory part of following Jesus, former Vice President Al Gore said at a “Stewardship of the Earth” luncheon Jan. 31 2008 during the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
“This is not a political issue,” Gore told a crowd of approximately 2,500 paying attendees. “It is a moral issue. It is an ethical issue. It is a spiritual issue.”
Yes, if things were working sensibly, were “Sound Science” not an operative framework of one of the political parties in the United States, the debate would be about “what to do about reality” rather than about trying to deny facts about “what is reality”. And, this is one of the reasons why John McCain is viewed by so many as a breath of fresh air, because the Senator McFlip certainly can talk a good talk about Global Warming even though Senator McFlop simply doesn’t act on McFlip’s great words. And, there is quite a strong contrast between Senators Obama, Clinton, and McCain’s positions on Global Warming with Obama’s/Clinton’s words and deeds far closer together than anything to be found with McFlip/McFlop (who risks being the McSame as Bush/Cheney in terms of political appointees and global warming issues).
A question before us (the US): Is Global Warming a political issue for November or should McFlip’s tenuous hold on reality be used as justification for wiping the issue under the rug? Sadly, some supporters of the Coal Subsidy Act seem to believe that a ‘benefit’ of pursuing the reckless Lieberman-Warner would be removing Global Warming from the political domain, that this is a “losing” political issue. Just as with their heedless support for L-W, one has to ask WTF?
In fact, just as in 2000, environmental issues are almost certainly an arena of Democratic Party advantage, as the Republican Party has been and is so out of touch with realities and the American people’s priorities. And, John McCain … well, Senator McFlip/McFlop is vulnerable in this arena. Who will he play to, the Republican base of deniers or to scientific reality? And, he has consistently shown a two-faced approach, whether this is from a simple series of “McCain Moments” misunderstanding his own positions or from deliberate efforts to confuse and deceive. Either way, when it comes to GW, John McCain is far from consistent and, if pressed in this arena, his inconsistencies will be ever more obvious to ever more people.
Not an arena of political advange? WTF …
In any event, as per Joe Romm, the nation is best served with John McCain, a Republican who at least acknowledges Global Warming, serving in the Senate.