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Clinton Global Initiative jumps the shark, invites McCain to keynote on Energy Solutions

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I understand that CGI will also have Senator Inhofe keynote on climate science, Karl Rove on ethics, and President Bush on openness in government. Seriously — or ridiculously, take your pick — the CGI has announced that

Senator John McCain will deliver the opening remarks live at the “Integrated Solutions: water, food and energy” plenary session.

Would this be the John McCain who voted with Inhofe (R-Big Oil) and against clean energy and clean water a staggering 42 out of 44 times in the past decade? Or the McCain who then missed eight straight votes on renewable energy tax credits only to lie about it at the Aspen Institute on videotape?

Or the McCain who told voters at a videotaped town meeting that even if you maximized renewable energy “in every possible way the contribution that that would make given the present state of technology is very small, is very small…. I’d be glad to send you the figure…. the truly clean technologies don’t work“?

Or the McCain who picked a global warming denier as his running mate? Or the McCain who mocked the idea of energy efficiency this summer? Or who managed to tell a mere 10 energy lies in his big convention speech?

Or the McCain who has lined his pockets with Big Oil money and pushed lies even the industry won’t tell in public, like offshore drilling could provide “additional oil” within “a matter of months?” Or the McCain whose own convention keynote surrogate led the RNC delegates in a chant of “Drill baby, drill”?

Maybe McCain can lead the international group of participants at the Clinton Global Initiative in a chant of “Drill, baby, drill!”

I am working on a long article on McCain’s success at greenwashing himself. We’ve seen that even experts in clean energy have been duped by McCain’s sincere-sounding lies (see “No wonder the race is close: Even Apollo Alliance is suckered by McCain’s lies and doubletalk“).

But President Bill Clinton? Hard to believe. I’m afraid this is going to re-open the entire issue of where he stands in this campaign — especially if he repeats any of McCain’s greenwashing spin that the Arizonan has any understanding of or belief in “Energy Solutions.” And let’s not forget that McCain’s idea of water solutions is to take it from Colorado and give it to Arizona (see “McCain wants Colorado’s water for Arizona“).

Last year I attended CGI and was quite impressed (see “Bill Clinton (!) explains utility decoupling” and “Brad Pitt pledges millions for sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans“).

But now they have sadly jumped the shark or, to be trendier, “Nuked the fridge.” Either way, jeers to the CGI.

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5 Responses to Clinton Global Initiative jumps the shark, invites McCain to keynote on Energy Solutions

  1. Mark Shapiro says:

    ” . . . Maybe McCain can lead the international group of participants at the Clinton Global Initiative in a chant of “Drill, baby, drill!” . . .”

    And then continue with “burn, baby, burn.”

    It sounds silly, but the whole point of drilling is burning. That is what we do with oil. We burn it. One cubic mile of oil every year.

    That said, it will be interesting to hear the senator’s remarks, and the reactions.

  2. Russ says:

    ” . . . Maybe McCain can lead the international group of participants at the Clinton Global Initiative in a chant of “Drill, baby, drill!” . . .”

    And then continue with “burn, baby, burn.”

    It sounds silly, but the whole point of drilling is burning. That is what we do with oil. We burn it. One cubic mile of oil every year.

    Unfortunately, there’s nothing silly about it, Mark. Burn Baby Burn, with all it threatens of violence and the scabrous core nihilism which is all the republicans really represent any more, is all I heard them saying, and all I’ve since quoted them as saying.

    Joe, since you pointed out how effective a spokesman Fiorina is, did you see this (from today’s NYT editors’ blog):

    September 16, 2008, 3:05 pm
    Hey, How Hard Is It to Be President?
    By The Editorial Board

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — a major player in the McCain-Palin campaign — was asked on a KTRS Radio program in St. Louis whether Sarah Palin had the experience to run a major company like H.P.

    Her answer: “No, I don’t. But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for.”

    Of course, the McCain campaign insists that Governor Palin would be ready to step in as president should anything happen to him.

    Running a company, it seems, is hard.

    Leading a nation of 300 million people, with a budget of around $3 trillion, a couple of major wars going on, and the capacity to blow up the planet. Well, that’s doable.

    She said elsewhere that Mccain wouldn’t be able to run a big company either. (She should know – she also was incompetent at it.)

  3. Is this Bill Clinton’s revenge against Barack Obama for defeating his wife in the primary? Please tell me Obama has also been invited, and that McCain is just being given equal time.

  4. tess marl says:

    I think the Clintons maybe looking ahead toward a possible defeat of Obama, so that Hillary can run again in 2012. Bill Clinton has gotten more press lately than either candidate. He is always praising McCain or boosting Hillary. He is an embarassment to the Democratic Party. First because of his affair with “that woman”(women) and next because they are such poor losers. Because of what I use to think of the Clintons, I find it very disheartening to see the position they have retreated to. They seem to have loss any commitment to the Democratic party except superficially

  5. shop says:

    Maybe McCain can lead the international group of participants at the Clinton Global Initiative in a chant of