"Ollie North tries to raise funds as a climate Contra-rian"
Sorry, that pun was the best I could do on short sleep.
As Kate Sheppard wrote in Mother Jones:
Oliver North is using climate change denialism to fundraise for his non-profit group Freedom Alliance. In a six-page stream-of-consciousness fundraising letter, North warns of the “liberty killing ‘Cap and Trade’ boondoggle” that socialists are plotting in response to the “phony climate ‘crisis.’ ” The solution? Write him a check.
Climate change would appear to have little connection to Freedom Alliance’s stated mission, which is “to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.” And it’s not clear which roles on North’s resume””his past notoriety in the Iran-Contra scandal or his current gig as a Fox News host and commentator””best qualify him to weigh in on climate science.
Nevertheless, in his letter and a petition sent to supporters, North mashes together all manner of wacky climate change denier talking points.
UPDATE: Below is a repost of Brad Johnson’s analysis on Think Progress, which notes that at one point, North attacks wind farms as “virtual bird eating machines”:
Lt. Col. Oliver North (Ret.) has launched a new war against the “cap and tax” plans of President Barack Obama and the “socialists in Congress.” North “” when not serving as a Fox News correspondent “” runs the Freedom Alliance, an organization supposedly dedicated to “defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.” In a mailing acquired by ThinkProgress, North pleads for “your most-special and generous donation” to fight the “‘cap and tax’ scheme and the myth of global warming.” North warns that if “Barack Obama and the socialists in Congress” establish a system to limit global warming pollution, it will be “at our nation’s peril!”
Never mind the fact that there is no proof of man-made global warming.
Never mind the fact that Europe's "Cap and Tax" policies have failed to lower greenhouse gases.
Never mind the fact that the world has actually been cooling for the last ten years.
And never mind that there is no evidence that greenhouse gases have anything to do with global warming in the first place.
No sir! None of this matters to Barack Obama and the socialists in Congress.
Because what they really want is to control your life and mine . . .
. . . and we allow them to succeed at our nation's peril!
North goes on to attack windmill farms as “virtual bird eating machines.” The attached “petition to President Barack Obama” claims that the “dirty little secret” of global warming “is that it is a scam designed at increasing the wealth of frauds like Al Gore and nations like Red China at America’s expense.”
In reality, the “scientific evidence is clear,” as the American Association for the Advancement of Science said in 2006, that “global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” In reality, the European Trading System has worked, and Europe is on track to easily beat its 2012 Kyoto Protocol commitments. In reality, the last ten years are the hottest decade in history. In reality, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said, climate legislation will allow us to “help this planet” that “is in peril, create millions of new jobs for Americans that need them, and to become energy independent to make us safer.”
But none of this matters to Ollie North and his conservative compatriots.
In the mailing, North notes that he “served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years.” He does not, however, mention that he was convicted by a jury for illegally selling weapons to Iran during the Reagan administration.
JR: At the end of the fundraising letter, North adds this P.S. at the end:
Again, ever wonder why the liberals now always try to use the new term “catastrophic climate change” rather than “global warming.” It’s because it allows them to blame EVERY weather event (heat waves, blizzards, floods, draughts, hurricanes, etc.) on you, me, and our current use of fossil fuels. The goal? To destroy our way of life and con us into giving away billions of dollars to solve a non-crisis we have no power to prevent, even if it were real! I hope and pray that you understand – and that you will sign our PETITION TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and rush it and your gift of $20, $25, $35, $50, $75, $100, or more back to me here at Freedom Alliance today.
JR: Hmm. I still use the term “global warming” all the time — guess I didn’t get the memo. Ironically, many liberals are using the term “catastrophic climate change” and “global warming” less these days, but that’s another story.