“Beware of McCain’s Climate Change Treachery”

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.

9 Responses to ““Beware of McCain’s Climate Change Treachery””


  1. 1 Dominique Jan 11th, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Hmm… is it just me or is the Dark Side is getting a little worried?
    I like how they claimed that he is for extra gas taxes and then posted a video where he emphatically stated otherwise…

  2. 2 Morgan Jan 11th, 2008 at 3:16 am

    “Now, while campaigning in New Hampshire this past week, John McCain was seen waving a banner that said, “Stop Global Warming.””

    Man, who gave him such a banner? They should be ashamed of themselves, trying to influence politics like that. tsk tsk. Seriously, what are the youth of this country up to these days?

  3. 3 George Jan 11th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Anyone who thinks that human activity does not impact on planet earth is just kidding themselves. Don’t try to kid the rest of us as well. Unfortunately by the time we have 100% certainty on the science to convince everybody that cliamte change / polluting the planet is an issue it will just be too damn late. Time to stand up and do something right for the planet.

  4. 4 Rio Jan 11th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    McCain opposed Bush’s tax cuts designed to further enrich the nation’s rich? He really must be out of line. And gosh, imagine taxing nonrenewable energy sources… as americans we hold the right to live in a fairy-tale land of cheap and abundant energy derived from fossil fuels, how dare they try to change that? And honestly, why would an ignorant nation bother believing in a global climate change that could change the face of this planet?

  5. 5 Ginny (Nana) Jan 12th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Please tell me a grandmother with a gut renching concern about the future welfare of all we will leave to our coming generations to survive, that Waste is not the concern, whether you beleive in global warming, climate change, or whatever, we have no excuse for our excessiveness and the waste we will leave behind for others to clean up. We are responsible for our actions and they are deplorable and the lack of regard for our actions should be embarrasing to all of us.

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Jamie is the co-coordinator of 350.org, an international global warming campaign. A recent college graduate, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, he co-organized Step It Up, a campaign that pulled together over 2,000 climate rallies across the United States to push for strong climate action at the federal level. He's also an early member of the youth climate movement, leading one of Energy Action's first campaigns in 2005: Road to Detroit, a nationwide veggie-oil bus tour to promote sustainable transportation. He's traveled to Montreal and Bali to lobby the UN with youth, but he's a strong believer that change happens in the streets not in meetings. Jamie received the Morris K. Udall award in 2007 and has been recognized by the mighty state of Vermont for his work on climate change. You can also find him blogging at Campus Progress' "Pushback," Changents.com, and 350.org.

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