On his television show yesterday, CNN’s Glenn Beck invited conservative strategist Mary Matalin to discuss domestic drilling and energy issues. Matalin claimed — without evidence — that President Bush’s voluntary carbon reducing policies have cut back emissions in the U.S. while mandatory caps on carbon have not.
But Beck one-upped Matalin, lamenting that “we’re going to get a progressive Congress” that will not increase domestic nuclear energy production, something Beck declared “is approaching treason”:
MATALIN: But the data is explicit and it’s clear. By voluntary emissions reductions, our — our emissions are reduced here in the United States under Bush’s plan. And where it was mandatory, they are not reduced. […] We could — we could do nuclear here. France — France has 80 percent of its energy from nuclear…
BECK: We’re not going to! We’re not going to. None of these candidates will do it. We’re going to get a progressive Congress — I swear to you. It is — it is approaching treason with these people in Washington. You know it and I know it, and every single American knows.
This is not the first time Beck has made unfounded attacks upon environmentalists or accused progressives of treason:
— Beck compared former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to raise awareness of global warming to the Nazis, saying the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth is “like Hitler.”
— In an interview with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Congressional Progressive Caucus member and the first Muslim elected to Congress, Beck asked, “What I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.’”
— During the Southern California wildfires last year, Beck blamed the blaze on “damn environmentalists.”
Moreover, Matalin’s claims on emissions are unsubstantiated. Because of Bush’s voluntary emission policies, greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. have actually increased from 2001 to 2006. In fact, mandatory emission standards have proven successful in many cases. For example, one prominent environmental study found “a marked overall decrease in emissions of pollutants subject to mandatory federal regulations” from 1991 to 2002.
— Lee Fang