The Rove/Bush/McCain/Palin strategy of simply lying and lying and lying works. As Mark Twain said 140 years ago, “The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a man only tells them with all his might.” And while McCain is not a great speaker, he did tell his 10 convention-night energy lies with all his might.
You might think that people actually working on the clean energy transition like the Apollo Alliance could not possibly think McCain’s blather about clean energy represented a reversal from years of very strong opposition (see “Anti-wind McCain“).
McCain is a eco-Luddite who said late last year, “The truly clean technologies don’t work” and who found a VP/soulmate in a global-warming denier, Big Oil shill, and fellow eco-Luddite (see “Palin is an earmark expert, NOT energy expert“). And while the best thing about the Alliance is that they get energy efficiency, one of the worst things about McCain is that he doesn’t (see “McCain is Cheney’s third term!” and “McCain’s cynical efficiency lies“).
So I was stunned when an “Apollo Weekly Update” titled “With McCain Speech Clean Energy Consensus Gets Clearer” appeared in my mailbox. It’s a fawning review of McCain’s speech — with a credulous take on a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing that rivals Little Red Riding Hood:
The Republican National Convention concluded last night with presidential nominee John McCain declaring these priorities for the nation’s economic, energy, and climate crisis:
“We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much. We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.”
He added: “We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and to restore the health of our planet. It’s an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature, and we have faced greater challenges. It’s time for us to show the world again how Americans lead. This great national cause will create millions of new jobs, many in industries that will be the engine of our future prosperity; jobs that will be there when your children enter the work force.”
Though some of the details and nuances differ — with offshore drilling and nuclear power quite substantially – it also is true that the core of the energy strategies proposed by both major presidential candidates this year are steadfastly consistent. Both … view scaling up wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy sources as a path to solving climate change.
No, no, a gazillion times, no. If this is what a relatively sophisticated group like the Apollo Alliance not only believes but actually broadcasts to the world, no wonder the presidential race is as close as it is.
That said, I have long had mixed feelings about the Apollo Alliance. They are doing a very good job promoting the need for “a clean energy revolution in America” and getting key groups like labor unions involved. But their original Ten-Point plan was a bit too technology-centric, included “plan for a hydrogen future” [not!] as one of the 10 points, glossed over climate change, and thus downplayed (0r ignored) key regulatory solutions. Their very recently announced New Apollo Program, however, addresses many of the problems, and specifically endorses a “carbon emission cap and invest program.”
But this recent mailing suggests that they don’t understand where their bread is going to be buttered — and maybe that they don’t even understand who wants to take both their bread and butter away from them forever.