Climate Donkey

May 30, 2008

McCain Raises Hurricane-Climate Link. Flashback to 2004.

Filed under: Hurricanes,Politicians and Climate — climatedonkey @ 7:06 am
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During Hurricane Jeanne’s meandering trip around the western Atlantic, a certain Senator from Arizona on lashed out at the Bush administration on climate change. This was September 22, 2004, not 2008, but before Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth and Leonardo DiCaprio’s garbage flick. The media was lapping up tons of negative news from all angles in an effort to win the election for John Kerry. So, it is ironic that 4 years later, McCain is running on a climate change / environmental change platform, which is a clear departure from Bush’s reticence on the issue.

As relayed by Andrew Freedman and Darren Samuelson, Environment & Energy Daily reporters,

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R -Ariz.) lashed out at the Bush administration’s climate change policies yesterday while raising questions about whether the large number of major hurricanes to make landfall in the United States so far this season may be an early manifestation of unchecked global warming.

Holy cow, talk about foreshadowing a whole mess of a controversy. But first, as with all politicians-wannabe-scientists (Khrushchev thought he was a genius in scientific areas as well), McCain regurgitates some talking points that some flunky aid provided:

In an interview after the hearing, McCain said there is a growing body of science that says the strength of hurricanes will intensify because of global warming, bringing to mind the scorching summer of 1988 when climate change first became a mainstream issue. During that summer, many started to connect heat and drought with man-made emissions, and some have compared those events to this year’s hurricane season.

Some who — some what — some, some, some. Some names would be helpful. Journalists and politicians love to create straw men to further their agendas. And growing body of science — what a important and legitimizing phraseology.

McCain has been pushing for legislation, S. 139, cosponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), that would force major energy, transportation and manufacturing companies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2010. The McCain-Lieberman bill was defeated last October, 43-55, and the senators have since been pressing Senate GOP leaders to schedule another vote on the legislation. In a series of six hearings before his committee this session, McCain has sought to link human activities with environmental changes such as Arctic ice cap melting and degradation of coral reefs.

Great, another bipartisan McCain-(insert favorite liberal) piece of legislation. Can’t wait for 4 years of this — seeking linkages between human activities and environmental changes like global warming.

McCain said a combination of extreme weather conditions, as well as melting polar ice caps, drought and other phenomena, could help convince the public to support his bill, though it still has a long way to go. But he added that lawmakers are so far reluctant to draw a link between greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and weather events. “I don’t think they’re making that close of a connection,” he said.

At least McCain is honest, he was whoring out disasters for this legislation back in 2004. This methodology has been practiced since by a whole slew of special interests on both sides of the aisle. Seems like a “call to action”. Trent Lott provided some sanity to the situation:

Asked if extreme weather might lead to passage of legislation such as McCain-Lieberman, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said, “I certainly hope not.”

So, the finale of the article in Environment and Energy Daily pretty much sums up McCain’s motives: Talking points begin in 3, 2, 1 …

McCain did not appear satisfied. “Any scientist who has appeared before this committee can tell you there’s a lot more that can be done, and the administration is doing very little,” he said, adding that he was particularly angered by the administration’s refusal to endorse his bill. McCain called S. 139 “a modest proposal,” one in which future generations will pay a “very heavy price” if it is not enacted into law.

This very heavy price must be the high price of gasoline and fuel we are paying already due to the strangulation of domestic energy production by the left-wing environmental lobby. So before Al Gore was on the climate change bandwagon and becoming extremely wealthy in the process (with considerable help from MoveOn.org for publicity), John McCain was in the vanguard of the hurricanes and climate change search for linkages.

Now flash forward to May 29, 2008 — the bill is called Lieberman-Warner and Washington is in stitches from an anticipated rejection by McCain… Wall Street Journal — McWavering: What’s the Deal-Breaker for Lieberman-Warner?

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