The Right’s Last Gaffe – The Big Coal Conspiracy

Drudge, Fox, McCain and Newsbusters rush to warn America that Obama and McCain have made similar statements about clean coal and carbon caps

Newsbusters CNN Spins Obama Wanting to Bankrupt Coal Industry as Old News, By Warner Todd Huston, November 2, 2008 – 21:12 ET

After all, even if they are “months-old comments,” does that make the fact that Obama wants to bankrupt electric producing coal plants any less outrageous or important? Or, for that matter, any less relevant to this election? Whether Obama said it just yesterday or said it 9 months ago is immaterial to the debate here.

The rabid Right Newsbusters and the usual echo chamber have discovered the latest and greatest in conpiracy muck. A Democrat, mine you, has a secret plan to bankrupt the coal industry and leave every American seating in a cold dark room staring out the window waiting for sweet death to release them from the hardships brought about by “The One”. Last I checked it would be political suicide to have such an agenda and, darn, wouldn’t you know it, the Right has mangled the facts beyond the recognition of us average folks yet again. The spectacle of everyone from Drudge to McCain to the Weekly Standard making fools of themselves has its charms, but unfortunaetly some yokels believe them and that might not be in the best interests of the country. The fact that what Obama said is old is material is months old and the Right has in typically sleazy fashion taken one sound bite out of context to perpetuate another smear is material – wishful thinking and faux outrage will not make it other wise. This is a link that opens up the entire Obama interview in Quicktime. The Right thinks publishing something, then making it available on the net for 9 months is the same as hiding something. Call the Oxford English dictionary editorial board – publishing and making news available 24/7 for months means to Hide: verb (past hid; past part. hidden) 1 put or keep out of sight. 2 conceal oneself. 3 keep secret.

Even if the vast liberal conspiracy didn’t hide this information its still shocking, awful and scary!!! Not even close unless you’ve been the victim of an unfortunate industrial accident and have two ten penny nails lodged in your brain. It might be a little spooky how similar statements made by Senator Obama and McBush are McCain And Obama Criticize New Coal Plants — Right Wing Goes Insane,

1. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative energy approaches. The only thing that I’ve said with respect to coal — I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as an ideological matter, as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it, that I think is the right approach. The same with respect to nuclear. Right now, we don’t know how to store nuclear waste wisely and we don’t know how to deal with some of the safety issues that remain. And so it’s wildly expensive to pursue nuclear energy. But I tell you what, if we could figure out how to store it safely, then I think most of us would say that might be a pretty good deal.

2. And the same approach that brought a decline in sulfur dioxide emissions can have an equally dramatic and permanent effect on carbon emissions. Instantly, automakers, coal companies, power plants, and every other enterprise in America would have an incentive to reduce carbon emissions, because when they go under those limits they can sell the balance of permitted emissions for cash. As never before, the market would reward any person or company that seeks to invent, improve, or acquire alternatives to carbon-based energy. . . A cap-and-trade policy will send a signal that will be heard and welcomed all across the American economy. Those who want clean coal technology, more wind and solar, nuclear power, biomass and bio-fuels will have their opportunity through a new market that rewards those and other innovations in clean energy.

Match Obama and McCain to the correct statements above. Senator Obama said the first and 2 is from a McCain speech. McCain went even further in a Senate floor debate on reducing greenhouse emissions,

Does it involve some sacrifice on the part of the American people? Yes. … This amendment, I am sure, will be attacked–thousands of jobs will be lost, we will find some obscure scientist, some will talk about the dangers of encouraging the use of nuclear power. The fact is, we are going to win on this issue. The reason we are going to win is because every single month there is another manifestation of the terrible effects of what climate change is doing to our Earth.

Unless there’s been a kool-aid shortage the Right generally does not believe that climate change is occurring. They might be encouraged that while McCain has supported cap and trade, much like his views on everything else his follow through has been lacking, Republican candidate’s climate proposals better than expected but still behind the curve,

McCain talks about alternative energy, but between the pandering and flip flops, following his energy narrative is exasperating; ultimately judging him by his Senate votes, he’s mostly talk and little action. McCain likes nuclear power, but as Obama stated we still can’t find a safe way to dispose of the waste – many people are suddenly pro nuke, but it remains a not in my backyard issue – people want it  as long as the plant or waste is not anywhere near their home. Has McCain addressed the waste or location issue; of course not. If the Right had the courage to ell the whole story on Obama, McCain and coal they’d admit that both candidates support cap and trade on coal. That’s the near bottom line to the story (they differ on some details) , not a sound bite that was taken completely out of context.

Then there’s Mccain’s energy policy expert, who recently thought she was on the phone with the president of France, Palin Goes After Obama on Coal Comments. She just repeats the same monumental distortion of the facts that are being made by Newsbusters and Malkin. Fox of all places corrects her,

“After John McCain said he’d like to ‘transition away from coal entirely,’ his campaign is hardly in a position to criticize a coal state Senator like Barack Obama who has outlined a $150 billion investment in clean coal and other technologies to create jobs and build a new energy economy. The truth is, John McCain and Sarah Palin can’t name a single thing they’d do differently on the economy than George Bush, so all they have to offer is last minute, desperate distortions. Hardworking families don’t need more Washington-style political attacks, they need a President who will create jobs and stand up for the middle class – and that’s Barack Obama.”

When I was making the goofy cartoon for the day I almost wrote “the last lie”. As reckless and loose as the Right has been with the truth for the last few decades, expect worse if Obama wins and Democrats have a solid majority in Congress. The propaganda and spin, like today’s’ coal lie is so easy to check and disprove; in this case one that makes them look ridiculous considering McCain’s own pandering on coal, one wonders what purpose it all serves. Some people enjoy spreading falsehoods and smears the way an alcoholic enjoys a drink. The Right is addicted to lying so there’s no reason to believe the Right would have some kind of great epiphany and reinvent itself into the fugal, pro personal freedom, respect the Constitution party of yore. The Republican Rump

Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.

Why will the G.O.P. become more, not less, extreme? For one thing, projections suggest that this election will drive many of the remaining Republican moderates out of Congress, while leaving the hard right in place.

From the late fifties to the early seventies we had the Right leaning Dixiecrats defect to thier proper place on the political spectrum. Considering that Mccain-Palin was the last best hope of rescuing moderate conservatism, the moderate Republicans may end up moving to the other side of the aisle. Despite what one reads on sites like the Free Republic or hear at Sarah Palin rallies, Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are worlds away from being fire breathing lefties. Looking at Obama’s economic and foreign policy team the Right will probably be disappointed to find that President Obama will be another slightly liberal centrist in actually governing. Conservatives seem to thrive on hate, but much of that hate and outrage is usually based on windmills of their own making, something they’ll continue to do.

Harry Reid: Not So Fast Senator Stevens

“While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inoyue, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an Ethics Committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process. This is not a partisan issue and it is unfortunate that Senator Stevens has used his longtime friendship with Senator Inouye for partisan political gain.”

Some social scientist have claimed that people have some hard wired tendencies toward their political POVs. In regards Stevens and Palin, and their ethical issues you have to wonder if they don’t have a grotesquely large denial gland.

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