An interesting essay in today’s issue of Salon by the American author, lecturer and scientist, Joseph Romm, claims that John McCain’s environmental record, which McCain himself is repeatedly claiming is one of caring for the environment, is “every bit as dirty as that of Sen. James “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe”
The facts are clear. All you have to do is look at his voting record. It reveals that McCain has long been one of the strongest opponents of clean energy in Congress, with a record matching that of James Inhofe, the most hardcore global-warming denier in the Senate, who comes from the heart of the oil patch in Oklahoma.
Recently the Associated Press noted that “McCain has not shown up for eight Senate votes last year and this year to extend [renewable energy] tax credits, which expire at the end of this year. The last such vote was July 30.” Yet at an Aspen Institute meeting in August, when McCain was asked about those missed votes, he simply lied to the audience.
“I have a long record of that support of energy,” McCain said. “I come from a state where we have sunshine 360 days a year … I’ve always been for all of those and I have not missed any crucial vote.”
In fact, on Dec. 13, 2007, the Senate was considering a bill to spend $13 billion on renewable power over five years. The cloture vote to allow the amendment to be brought to the Senate floor required 60 votes; it received 59 for, 40 against, and one senator absent. Yes , you guessed it: No McCain. A spokesman later said he would have voted to block the bill.
There is a lot more, but we get the point.
So the man the Americans may vote in as their next President cares as little about the environment as the serving President does. Do they care? It’s a rhetorical question.