Gingrich Still Confused About Climate

by Brian McGraw on July 26, 2011

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Newt Gingrich, like other Republican ‘candidates’ — if you can really call him one — is walking back previous climate change positions:

“I was trying to make a point that we shouldn’t be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment,” Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. “Obviously it was misconstrued, and it’s probably one of those things I wouldn’t do again.”

Odd, the clip doesn’t sound like much of a debate. Gingrich’s decision to sit with Nancy Pelosi and chuckle whimsically about how much they disagree on non-climate related issues has, understandably, drawn ire from the few remaining people who pretend to take Gingrich seriously. The extent to which he truly has no consistent political beliefs is astounding, having provided talking points for every side of every issue. He hadn’t changed his mind 6 months ago when asked:

Gingrich told us Friday: “I meant exactly what I said in that commercial.”

So he meant exactly what he said, except that it was obviously misconstrued, and he probably wouldn’t do it again. Oh okay, that makes sense.

Here is Newt being paid to promote ethanol interests, then denying that he is any sort of ‘lobbyist’ for the industry.

polistra July 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Poor old Newt is confused about everything. It’s sad to watch. Reminds me of the final years of Hollywood stars like Groucho Marx, with hangers-on and ‘caregivers’ keeping the star in the spotlight for their own glory and cash flow.

BobRGeologist July 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Newt is like most politicians, they do not understand the science and accept the opinion of a trusted friend. Newt, trust me as a scientist who has spent the last ten years of my retirement on AGW and my seasoned professional opinion is that it is the biggest load of bull crap that was ever shoveled out of a barn. CO2 is your best friend next to oxygen. Without CO2 we would all starve to death in a few weeksl. We all know how essencial O2 is to life. Without it we would smother in a very few minutes. Greenhouse gas (GHG) is essential to keep us from freezing because our Sun is incapable at times to prevent major glaciations of which we have had five 100 thousand years duration each in the past 1 million years, seperated by interglacial periods of varying lengths. We have been in interglacial No. 5(Holocene) the past
10,000 years. With ice at both poles we are still susceptable to another glaciation because even our tropics have warmed only 4 deeg C since the last glaciation maximum 23,000 years ago. A robust GHG is necessary to prevent another deep freeze. I believe any attempt to seriously limit CO2 in our atmosphere could be horribly expensive, totally unnecessary and dangerously counterproductive.

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