22 Jan '12, 6am

Old dog, Newt tricks: Gingrich’s views on climate, EPA, and ‘green conservatism’

Newt Gingrich has been all over the map on climate change. Instead of trying to pinpoint all his many stances from over the years (who even has that many pins?), I’ll just highlight a few key moments. In 2008, when the cool kids were at least feigning concern for climate change, Gingrich appeared with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a TV ad for Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. “[O]ur country must take action to address climate change,” Gingrich solemnly proclaimed. In the intervening years, as climate denial has became de rigueur in the Tea Party set, the ad has brought much joy to Newt’s many detractors on the right and left (our own David Roberts among them ), and provoked much consternation and contortion from Gingrich himself. In December 2011, Gingrich repudiated the ad more fully than ever before: I’ve said publicly, sitting on the couch with Nancy Pelos...

Full article: http://grist.org/election-2012/old-dog-newt-tricks-gingri...

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