You know you’re doing something right when a Republican candidate’s position is getting the opposition all worked up – big cheers for the students up in NH who pushed McCain’s stance for the last few months. Below is a statment from the American Environmental Coalition (with a bland name like that, they must be up to something sneaky, follow the link to check them out) – - cross posted from Marc Ambinder at Atlantic.com.
Beware of McCain’s Climate Change Treachery
Washington, D.C. — The American Environmental Coalition released the following statement by George Landrith, it’s co-chairman, regarding John McCain’s recent statements about climate change.
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.
Now, while campaigning in New Hampshire this past week, John McCain was seen waving a banner that said, “Stop Global Warming.”
And to make matters worse, he is now trying to appeal to evangelical voters by telling them he agrees with them on climate change! Politico reports that McCain said, “A very large portion of the evangelical community is becoming more and more concerned about climate change because of our biblical obligation to be good stewards of our planet.
That clearly is an issue that I’m in complete sync with the evangelical community on.”
I have news for Senator McCain. He doesn’t speak for the evangelical community and as he demonstrated in 2000, he has a strong distain and dislike of evangelicals. For those who may have forgotten, in 2000, after losing a key state in the primaries, he criticized the religious right as “agents of intolerance” and even “un-american” and denounced what he called the tactics of “division and slander” and made comparisons to Louis Farrakahn. This might explain why McCain is now trying to cozy up to the evangelicals claiming that he and they and Al Gore are of one mind on climate change.
Last time I checked a who’s who of evangelical leaders were on record as saying that climate change is not biblical and those calling for climate change to become a top issue with evangelical voters were simply trying to divert them from the most important issues of the day. The truth is the climate has varied naturally for as long as there has been a sunrise. Literally hundreds of renowned scientists from around the world have warned that climate change fear-mongering is not based on sound science. And the extreme political left is spending billions of dollars to recruit evangelicals to support their radical eco-political agenda using the exact “biblical good steward” line that McCain is using.
Pat Michaels, a research professor of environmental science from the University of Virginia said, “Scientists are just getting tired of exaggeration on this issue. Global warming has become a religious crusade.”
McCain’s plan to deal with climate change is to impose dramatically higher taxes on energy. On taxes, John McCain has a clear record and it is bad! He voted against both of George Bush’s tax cuts and he favors a huge tax increase on gasoline, home heating oil, coal, and natural gas. That means even electricity will cost dramatically more if Senator McCain gets his way.
When listening to John McCain, it would seem that evangelicals should remember the biblical warning found in St. Matthew 7:15 to “beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Phew! Here’s a video of McCain answering a question from a student in NH:
Still got some work to do, but he’s moving.