Morano calls out Gingrich for climate hypocrisy
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"Climate change is pestering the launch of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid," reported E&E News' ClimateWire. The E&E reporter then proceeded to extensively quote CFACT's Marc Morano as the primary objector to Newt's past position on global warming.
Specifically, Morano has been holding Gingrich's feet to the fire for appearing in a climate fear ad with Nancy Pelosi. Morano is demanding that he recant and apologize, but so far Newt's spokesperson has said he will not.
News outlets quickly pounced on the story, including the UK Guardian, The Washington Times, and E&E News' Climatewire.
“Politicians like Gingrich saw climate change as a chance to repair their damaged images by pandering to the mainstream media,” said CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker. “Had they heeded CFACT's warnings about the climate scare at the start they would have realized that this was no harmless green blarney, but a threat to our entire economy. Now that the threat is widely known and the propaganda widely debunked, it is very difficult for the Gingrich's of the world to wiggle away from past opportunism. For his own good Gingrich should listen to Marc and admit his mistake straight away.”
Here is an excerpt from Fox News' coverage:
Newt Gingrich has what, for primary voters, could be a doozy in his closet -- three years ago, he cut an ad with Nancy Pelosi for Al Gore's climate change group.
The ad, in which Gingrich and Pelosi don awkward smiles while talking about clean-energy solutions, is coming back to haunt him, along with other statements he's made about climate change, as he officially launches his presidential bid. While Democrats have a long and winding list of grievances against the former House speaker, his past environmentalism could cause problems on the political right.
The early complaints are coming in large part from a former aide to Congress' No.1 climate change skeptic, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. The ex-aide, Marc Morano, has virtually devoted his blog ClimateDepot to lambasting Gingrich's stance on energy issues.
Morano specifically wants Gingrich to apologize for the Pelosi ad and for suggesting that lawmakers need to find a solution to global warming.
"It's almost like he can't admit he made a mistake," Morano told FoxNews.com. "He needs to say it was a brain fart, at the very least."
Morano noted that other GOP candidates and officials have modified their stance on climate change and energy regulation in recent years -- particularly former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who at the first presidential debate last week recanted an old environmental ad he cut.
"Newt Gingrich is arrogant enough to believe that he doesn't have to play by the same rules as everyone else," Morano said, predicting it would hurt him in the primaries. "I can't think of any Republican who hasn't addressed this in a way that is satisfactory to the Republican base."
Watch the offending climate ad with Gingrich and Pelosi: