In a move all-but signaling McCain has little to no interest in widely appealing to Conservatives in the Republican Party, he announced today a new “green” initiative that would be taken up by his administration to fight global warming. While the mainstream media and the Democratic Party has bought into the notion that there is no longer debate on climate change, a good majority of Conservative Republicans aren’t entirely sold on the notion of “man-made” global warming.
A report on it from Fox News:
PHOENIX â€” Republican John McCain, reaching out to both independents and green-minded social conservatives, argues that global warming is undeniable and the country must take steps to bring it under control while adhering to free-market principles.
In remarks prepared for delivery Monday at a Portland, Ore., wind turbine manufacturer, the presidential contender says expanded nuclear power must be considered to reduce carbon-fuel emissions. He also sets a goal that by 2050, the country will reduce carbon emissions to a level 60 percent below that emitted in 1990.
â€œFor all of the last century, the profit motive basically led in one direction â€” toward machines, methods and industries that used oil and gas,â€ said McCain. â€œEnormous good came from that industrial growth, and we are all the beneficiaries of the national prosperity it built. But there were costs we werenâ€™t counting, and often hardly noticed. And these terrible costs have added up now, in the atmosphere, in the oceans and all across the natural world.â€
The Arizona senator promised to challenge China and India, two economic rivals who are fueling their challenge to U.S. market supremacy with heavily polluting fuels such as coal, gas and oil.
To his credit, McCain is trying to appeal to conservative principles of free market economics suggesting that is how he will curb global warming.
Video from the Associated Press of McCain discussing his platform on the topic:
McCain’s latest TV ad targeting “green” voters:
I believe this falls in the category of the self-righteousness which has alienated many conservatives from McCain, similar to illegal immigration. He has bought the notion of man-made global warming and seems to indicate the debate is, indeed, over.
For further illustration of the alienation, take this excerpt from Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Senator McCain with a story here that’s on the French News Agency: “‘McCain Faces Doubts Among Republican Conservatives’ — While John McCain is practically assured the Republican presidential nomination, many party members are having a hard time accepting him — and showing it with symbolic votes against him in primary contests. … The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper, calculated that McCain had garnered no more than 45 percent of the Republican vote since January.” People are missing something. He’s not seeking the Republican vote at this point. Well, he’s not. A lot of people think I’m being flippant with that, but he’s not. You people have probably seen this story: “‘McCain Urges Free-Market Principles to Reduce Global Warming’ — Republican John McCain, reaching out to both independents and green-minded social conservatives,” do you know who that is?
Do you know who the “green-minded social conservatives” are? Evangelicals. Apparently, there is a significant number of evangelicals that are going green, and McCain’s reaching out to them. They’re going green along the same side of the aisle as Algore and the rest of these hoaxers are. Now, when these evangelicals decide to side with liberals, the Drive-By Media loves ’em; the Drive-By Media thinks they’re wonderful. They call them green-minded social conservatives, not evangelicals, because they hate evangelicals. They think evangelicals pose a great threat. So, “McCain, reaching out to both independents and green-minded social conservatives, argues that global warming is undeniable and the country must take steps to bring it under control while adhering to free-market principles.” (sigh) Making it so hard on me.
Now, whether you agree with Limbaugh or not, he does speak the minds of a huge voter block McCain should, or so it would seem, be trying to reach. I’m guessing at this point his campaign has done enough internal polling to decide that he will run this campaign from the middle and try to skim off the moderates and independents from supporting Obama, if they were planning to. That coupled with the fact that most average Republicans will still vote for McCain simply for the (R) next to his name and the idea that they agree with him more than Obama or Clinton.
We’ll see how this develops…