No climate for old men: Why John McCain isn’t the candidate to stop global warming

mccain.jpgMcCain’s astonishing doubletalk on climate in the Florida GOP debate — denying that a cap and trade system is a mandate — made me start rethinking what a McCain presidency would mean for the fight to prevent catastrophic global warming. The more I researched McCain’s views, the more I talked to others, the more I felt forced to change my previous view.

Salon has just published my long analysis, which concludes that while he would be vastly superior to Bush on climate,

… a President McCain would not be the climate leader that America and the world requires. He is a conservative who happens to be on the only intellectually defensible side of the climate change debate. But he is still a conservative, and the vast majority of the solutions to global warming are progressive in nature — they require strong government action, including major federal efforts to spur clean technology.

Of course, as I argue in my book, it is precisely because they know that the solutions to global warming are mostly progressive in nature that most conservatives are so close-minded on the subject. My basic argument is:

As increasingly desperate climate scientists have been telling us, the effects of global warming are occurring faster than anyone had thought possible.

The next president must make reducing GHG emissions a central focus of his or her administration if we want to avoid the worst impacts of global warming: catastrophic sea level rise, widespread drought and desertification, and loss of up to 70 percent of all species.

While McCain may understand the scale of the climate problem, he does not appear to understand the scale of the solution. He understands the country needs to put in place a mandatory cap on GHG emissions and a trading system to energize American innovation. But in a recent Republican debate, he denied that a cap and trade system is a mandate, even though it would arguably be the most far-reaching government mandate ever legislated.

Moreover, like most conservatives, he doesn’t understand or accept the critical role government must play to make that system succeed. Besides initiating a cap-and-trade system, the next president must:

1. Appoint judges who won’t gut climate change efforts.

2. Appoint leaders and staff of key federal agencies who take climate change seriously and believe in the necessary solutions.

3. Embrace an aggressive and broad-based technology deployment strategy to keep the cost of the cap and trade system as low as possible.

4. Lead a change in utility regulations to encourage, rather than discourage, energy efficiency and clean energy.

5. Offer strong public advocacy to reverse the years of muzzling and misinformation of the Bush administration.

As I explain in the piece, McCain is unlikely to do any one of those things, let alone all of them.

One Response to No climate for old men: Why John McCain isn’t the candidate to stop global warming

  1. daniel donatelli says:

    +++TAKE ALL THE OIL OUT of Gaia++

    or the motor and the heating and cooling complexities of the internal motor’s now empty cavities will change and spread the heat to new unforgiving surfaces causing collapse and flexing and swelling of the normally safe consistent, ore made structure , thus effecting the surrounding motors water flows.

    Water and core Temperatures spike in spots with fast or slow motor rotation in unexpected areas due to cavity or thickness of spaces or water cycle inside water system due to season(climate) out side of motor(in that area).

    -speed up motor with no oil to cool faster?
    Or slow it down!! And add more oil.

    Some body should REALLY Look at ground temperatures in the depleted oil areas and think maybe it is hot water there because there not oil there in addition to the normal equator heat. Maybe oil was formed there because it is a hot spot naturally . Maybe planet will cool around the same time oil reforms there again??? should we pump it out again at that time?

    Kind of funny that the water in those areas is hot now and in adjacent areas the heat is up all compounding the tempreture in the the cab as the 2nd dary systems fail from the spikes in heat? We are looking at the water and saying speed it up!!to cool it , put more air on it make it more effcient water!! as coolant (algae)

    Better put oil back I think.

    Not take away cold water or put cold water on faster cycle that is now on slow cycle ???? or heat will go up and
    seconday system will worsen!
    Example Pump gas out of Indonesian shelf and it collapses making things out of balance across whole region.

    No way to fix now better pump rest out? of remaining shelf?
    Think put oil back in!! Cool Again!!

    hot Water spikes go away with slower revs And oil back in not faster with no oil in

    it just compounds to blow the radiator or soft point like the hose then blow the engine.
    Then she’s all stopped for good.
    4 sure this Gaia motor needs a good mechanic!! May even need heavier oil than before to reduce heat! Dan

    I would like all seeking a solution out there to circulate this to every one of any importance on presenting it as one more thing we should be doing and looking at!!!!!!

    P.S We are all stressing out about
    methan releases , what happens when all the co2 gas they are pumping into oil cavities to stablize cardon credits comes back out in one day after pumping it down there for 20 years from now!!!!!!!! thats when you get a surprize!!boom gas instead of oil in hotspot@!!! read forever
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