23 Jan '12, 7pm

When it comes to clean tech, almost no-one has done more to set back leadership than Newt Gingrich:

When it comes to clean tech, almost no-one has done more to set back leadership than Newt Gingrich:

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . In the 1990s, the Gingrich Congress tried to shut down the Department of Energy (DOE), slash all clean energy research, stop the joint government-industry effort to develop a super-efficient hybrid car, and zero out all programs aimed specifically at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating technology deployment. He didn’t succeed — but he did stop the significant expansion of clean energy funding Clinton-Gore had begun. And he did force the DOE to sharply scale back its programs aimed at clean energy deployment and greenhouse gas reduction. A decade later he tried to pass himself as a friend to the environment. In 2007, he wrote A Contract with the Earth . As I wrote at the time, if you look up the word “Orwellian” on Wikipedia — “An attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipula...

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