McCain has put out a climate policy that, like Bush’s, wouldn’t help the climate (see McCain speech, Part 2: Relying on offsets = Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic). Wednesday he announced he won’t even bother showing up to vote on his friend Joe Lieberman’s climate bill because of insufficient subsides (read “pork”) for nuclear power (see here) three weeks after saying he supported it (see here).
Now will the media finally stop idolizing this Bush clone who has mastered W’s art of saying one thing, to get favorable media coverage, and then doing the exact opposite, either to please his base or because that’s what he really believes?
Indeed, given that Time said earlier this monththat McCain’s “stance on global warming –it’s real, and we need to deal with it –is his campaign’s best evidence that he’s not just like George W. Bush,” it would seem we are left with a McCain who is just like George W. Bush.
Let’s see if the traditional media start to change their coverage from the nonsense peddled in stories like “On Policy, Obama Breaks Little New Ground,” a frothy front-page
McCain press release article by the Washington Post. That article claims the Illinois Senator has supposedly “dismissed the importance of policy proposals” — even though he actually has a detailed climate plan that would actually save the climate (see “Obama’s excellent energy and climate plan”). The Post then actually claims
But now this approach faces a new test from Sen. John McCain. The GOP candidate is making an aggressive appeal to independents by emphasizing his past and present stances against party orthodoxy, particularly his proposals to combat global warming.
McCain’s proposals are laughable — heck, his idea of a climate solution is mimicking France, which would require us to build hundreds of new nuclear plants and several Yucca mountains at a cost of trillions of dollars (see here). Not very unorthodox for a conservative. And Wednesday, McCain completely abdicated leadership. As Grist put it in a terrific piece:
He won’t support concrete proposals to reduce greenhouse gases or boost renewable energy, but he’s too cowardly to go on record voting against them, since it might put the lie to all his lofty maverick rhetoric on climate.
Even the WSJ blog calls the Senator for Arizona, McWavering. Let’s hoped that is a sign of things to come from the media.
- Speech, Part 4: Will McCain bring conservatives with him on climate? As if!
- Climate speech, part 3: John McCain loves big government
- McCain speech, Part 2: Relying on offsets = Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic
- Speech, Part 1: Anti-wind McCain delivers climate remarks at foreign wind company
- McCain reveals cynicism, hypocrisy with call for summer gas-tax holiday, energy budget freeze
- McCain’s Double-Talk Express on Global Warming
- No climate for old men: Why John McCain isn’t the candidate to stop global warming