When you watch this staggering piece of deception, just remember:
- McCain’s old climate bill with Lieberman has no bearing whatsoever on the fact that he is the Senate’s leading greenwasher with a record that is as strongly anti-renewable as that of global warming denier Senator James Inhofe. McCain voted with Inhofe and against clean energy a staggering 42 out of 44 times in the past two decades.
- McCain’s climate plan from a few months ago is infinitely weaker than the McCain-Lieberman bill Obama is seen endorsing in the ad footage (see “McCain’s reliance on unlimited offsets = Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic”).
- It now appears McCain won’t regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, the ad seems so desperate I can’t actually see it winning any votes. Indeed, it shows bipartisanship on the part of Obama.
And on the very positive side, it helps make clear that whoever wins the presidency has a genuine mandate to take regulatory action on climate.