Last year, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared in a “We Campaign” advertisement for former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Gingrich said, “We do agree, our country must take action to address climate change,” adding, “if enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation we need.” Watch it:
Gingrich is following Gore, appearing as the Republican witness to encourage the defeat of Waxman-Markey. Gingrich’s remarks reveal that he is taking a starkly different view than the proactive sentiment he displayed in the “We” ad:
GINGRICH: This bill is wrong for our national security. This bill is wrong for our economy. This bill is wrong for the government of, by and for the people. What this bill will do is continue to push us along that path of destruction.
Far from a “path of destruction,” Waxman-Markey will cap carbon dioxide emissions while investing in the creation of a green economy with millions of quality clean energy jobs. Rather than addressing the dangers of global climate change or pursuing solutions for developing a clean energy economy, Gingrich will use his hearing time to rehash his tired calls for more offshore drilling. While Gingrich has gone to great lengths to try to greenwash his image, he has always supported a pro-polluter agenda — from his Contract With America goals of slashing major environmental laws, to his successful work stopping the joint government-industry effort to develop a super-efficient car, to his mocking of simple steps to improve fuel efficiency.