Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It’s Not Easy Being Green

From Thomas Friedman’s column in today’s New York Times:
With his choice of Sarah Palin--the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change--for vice president, John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.

Given the fact that Senator McCain deliberately avoided voting on all eight attempts to pass a bill extending the vital tax credits and production subsidies to expand our wind and solar industries, and given his support for lowering the gasoline tax in a reckless giveaway that would only promote more gasoline consumption and intensify our addiction to oil, and given his desire to make more oil-drilling, not innovation around renewable energy, the centerpiece of his energy policy--in an effort to mislead voters that support for drilling today would translate into lower prices at the pump today--McCain has forfeited any claim to be a green candidate.
The full piece can be found here.

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