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McCain Breaks with Bush on Climate Change

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaks to employees about alternative energy sources at the Vestas Wind Technology plant in Portland, Oregon May 12, 2008. (Reuters)

Updated 4:40 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) outlined his proposal to address climate change this morning, offering plans that would go beyond President Bush's but fall short of the bipartisan bill headed for a Senate vote next month.

Standing beside Oregon's Democratic governor Ted Kulongoski, McCain made a sharp break with President Bush and argued the U.S. should adopt mandatory curbs on greenhouse gas emissions and issue emissions credits to polluters that they can trade in order to spur technological innovation.

"The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington," he said, speaking at a Portland training facility for Vestas Wind Technology. "We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge."

Rather than articulating new goals, McCain primarily reiterated his commitment to the reduction targets he outlined three years ago in the bill he co-authored with Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.). Under the presumptive GOP nominee's plan, the U.S. would return to its 2005 emissions levels by 2012, would reach its 1990 levels by 2020, and cut emissions by at least 60 percent compared to 1990 levels by mid-century.

The current Senate climate bill authored by Lieberman and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), which will come to the floor in early June, calls for a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gases compared to 1990 levels by 2050. Most scientists say the U.S. must reduce emissions by between 80 and 90 percent by mid-century, and both Democratic Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Clinton are committed to an 80 percent cut by 2050.

In his bluntest criticism of Bush yet on the question of climate, McCain said he "will not shirk" America's duty of helping forge a new international global warming pact. "I will not permit eight long years to pass without serious action on serious challenges," he said. "The United States will lead, and it will lead with a different approach."

It is unclear exactly what that approach will look like. McCain initially had draft language in his speech saying he would favor imposing punitive tariffs on major emitting developing countries if they did not adopt more stringent curbs on greenhouse gases, but he cut that section from the speech. He spoke of working to engage China and India on the issue, and his spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said he would opt for "diplomacy and technological solutions" to ensure developing countries cut their emissions in the future.

"McCain wanted to make sure he was not being seen at odds with his support for free trade," Hazelbaker told reporters after the speech.

The Lieberman-Warner bill includes a trade sanctions provision, directing the president to penalize major foreign emitters "if eight years after the enactment of the U.S. program, it is determined that a given major emitting nation has not taken comparable action" when it comes to climate change. At that point, the bill instructs the administration to require importers of "greenhouse-gas-intensive manufactured products," such as steel and aluminum, from major emitting countries "to submit emissions credits of a value equivalent to that of the credits that the US system effectively requires of domestic manufacturers." That would amount to a tariff on China and India if they did not adopt more stringent curbs on their carbon emissions.

McCain has not said whether he will back the climate bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote in early June, since he is still negotiating over how the measure will address the question of nuclear power. Lieberman, who is campaigning actively for McCain, said Friday in an interview that he was confident his friend would back the measure.

In many ways, McCain's speech highlighted how much climate change politics has changed in recent years. Vestas president Yens Soby, whose Danish-based company ranks as the world's largest producer of wind turbines, pointed out that the fact that McCain was speaking about global warming at his company's facility shows the issue "has risen to the top of the nation's political agenda."

And some environmental advocates hailed McCain's speech as a sign that the climate policies of Bush, who has steadfastly refused adopting a federal limit on greenhouse gases during his seven-and-a-half years in office, were now dead and buried.

"Today, we entered the post-Bush era of global warming policy and politics," said Jeremy Symons, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation's global warming campaign. "With all three leading presidential candidates supporting action by Congress to promptly cut greenhouse gas emissions, the countdown has begun toward enactment of a serious global warming plan."

But a slew of environmental activists and Democrats criticized McCain's plan today as inadequate in light of the most recent scientific evidence concerning global warming.

"His position has not kept pace with what the scientists say is sufficient," said Carol Browner, who served as Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Clinton. "There's no doubt that a Democrat will be much, much better on this issue."

The Democratic presidential front-runner was sharply critical of McCain's position. "It is truly breathtaking for John McCain to talk about combating climate change while voting against virtually every recent effort to actually invest in clean energy," Obama said in a statement his campaign sent out minutes after McCain ended his speech. "You don't have to look further than the wind turbine plant where Senator McCain is speaking today to assess his commitment to this cause. While Senator McCain talks about the need to invest in alternative energy, he rejected the single biggest investment in renewable energy in history, including incentives that contributed to a nearly 50% increase in wind power generation last year, and he has repeatedly opposed renewable fuel mandates and higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks."

Key differences remain between McCain and the Democrats on climate change -- several of which the senator outlined in his talk. Both Obama and Clinton advocate auctioning off 100 percent of pollution allowances under a cap-and-trade system, which would generate hundreds of billions of dollars to either fund research and development or ease the pain of rising energy prices for American taxpayers. McCain would not specify how much of the allowances he would auction under his plan, but he made clear it would only be a portion of the credits which he would apply, along with "other federal funds to help build the infrastructure of a post-carbon economy."

McCain also emphasized the need to build more nuclear power plants in order to reduce the nation's overall emissions, saying, "here we have a known, proven energy source that requires exactly zero emissions ... It doesn't take a leap in logic to conclude that if we want to arrest global warming, then nuclear energy is a powerful ally in that cause."

Obama and Clinton are not opposed to nuclear power outright, but both have spoken about the need to address issues such as where to store nuclear waste, an issue that remains unresolved in light of the lengthy legal and political battle over placing the nation's waste in Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

During his speech this afternoon McCain highlighted his personal commitment to the issue, relating how he witnessed the effects of climate change first-hand during his travels to the Arctic as a senator.

"A few years ago I traveled to the area of Svalbard, Norway, a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean," he recalled. "I was shown the southernmost point where a glacier had reached twenty years earlier. From there, we had to venture northward up the fjord to see where that same glacier ends today -- because all the rest has melted. On a trip to Alaska, I heard about a national park visitor's center that was built to offer a picture-perfect view of a large glacier. Problem is, the glacier is gone."

And McCain used the talk to bolster his bipartisan credentials, making a point of praising Kulongoski and saying he would help solve the climate crisis with the aid of leaders from both parties if elected president. "I will sit down with all the governors, whether they be Democrat or Republican, and work for the betterment of this nation," he said.

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McCain used to be my dream candidate because it seemed he was not subject to the interest of corporate lobby's. Unfortunately McCain has not been as big of a champion of the environment as I hoped he would. His blind devotion to Nuclear Energy is seriously misguided at best. He has missed out and voted against key environmental bills.

The only reasons I could possibly see for voting form John McCain now is his military experience and his Pro-Life record. This makes it especially hard for me as I am going to have to chose in this election the lessor between to evils.

But one side of me thinks there will be no babies to save period unless we change our act morally and technologically wise concerning the environment, which includes the climate.

In all of history 99.9999% of all species have gone extinction. Maybe this is all part of earth's evolutions, but all things being the equal, I'd rather our species be here for a long time to come and hopefully in harmony with nature, not mindlessly trying to subject it into submission to the point it evens fails to support us. Though it's support is welcome our moral obligation to treat it with respect goes far beyond our own self interests.

Posted by: Paul Fratianni | May 14, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Countdown to Victory
143 to 2025 Obama
311 to 2025 Clinton
433 Delegates Remain
239 Supers
194 Elected

Posted by: Delegate Math | May 14, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

McSame may present his break with Bush today, but if you look at his VOTING RECORD, you will know for a fact that this is nothing more than PANDERING. His record proves he does not BELIEVE or GIVE A DAMN about the state of our ecology. So don't BUY INTO THE DOUBLE TALK EXPRESS, because that is all you will be getting - DOUBLE TALK! BTW, WHERE ARE THE MEDICAL RECORDS PROMISED IN APRIL??????

Posted by: ObamasLady | May 13, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I could live with a Romney Huckabee.

Of course, BEFORE Huckleberry started carrying his Cross everywhere, and acting like an American Talibani/Shi-ite type Fundi,

which drew my Ire!,

I once referred to the Ticket as "Mitt & Mike"

Everyone loves "M&M's" :-)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Rommey Hucklebee

Be Ready its a long time to November

and the old guy has a temper

Posted by: noAMNESTY | May 13, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, are you Happy about Juan McAmnesty's stances? His Gaffes? His AGE? His ignorance about Business and Economics?

There is an awakening going on. It is being shown in Primary results.

Vote! Make your views be heard.

Texas has already had it's Primary, and as such, I can only make my voice heard at this Liberal Rag that Ex'ed my account because I made La Raza Mad(er). Or, it might have been the typical Loser libbies like Move Kos On.
In any event, WaPo IS Biased, or Gullible-neither is anything to brag about.

BUT, back to the Point-Vote Republicans. Show the fools running the GOP that we are NOT sold on McCain.

Personally, I want Mitt Romney. McCain should have been the VP! If that.

The Country has a Military that is already very effective. What we are lacking(BADLY), is good solid Business and Economic Sensibilities and Direction.

Obama, is NOT the answer. He wants to Tax Capital Gains into the Third World. Way NOT to get investments there "Barry"!

Mittster, would call for NO Taxes on ANY Capital Gains for Incomes below $300K. Not only would that encourage investing across the Board, it would immediately STOP the insipid and Moronic Waiver on houses "Flipped" within two years that has already caused so much damage it is not even remotely funny!-Arranged by the Clintons! BTW!

Show the direction wanted! McCain's idiocy is too easily hijacked! His moronic catering to La Raza...

Bill Richardson as "Barry" Insane O'Bomba-Nation's Veep, would Steal every last one of that crowd!

While the Moron McCain cost himself ALL of my support doing it!

I DEMAND a Candidate who WILL Enforce our Labor and Immigration Laws!

Over Half of all Immigrants being here Illegally...

Well Mr. McCain you National Security Poser, THAT is the BIGGEST Threat I could ever imagine!

And, Capitulation to the Invasion, well, I'd call that SURRENDER!

In all the remaining Primaries-VOTE Republicans!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

A well trimmed Goatee on McAmnesty would make a photo of his Chin and Neck Erotic! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain proposes NATIONAL WALK A MILE TO SCHOOL like he did.


Posted by: voodoo economics | May 13, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"Now what would McCain do with all that nuclear waste that Senator Craig of Idaho is purposing to create ? I know, let's send all those spent and glowing used fuel cell rods to Iran. Mark W."

Actually, that IS what we ought to be doing. The Dasht-i-Kavir, the great salt desert of Iran, is an ideal place to store, and eventually reprocess, nuclear wastes. Of course, that would give Iran large quantities of Plutonium, and other potential weaponizable nuclear products, but, on the other hand, it would make the Iranians one of the world's leading source of commercial Radioisotopes. We would, of course, actually have to negotiate with them to do it. George has already ruled THAT out, so John wouldn't be able to even consider it on his watch, not that he would have anyway.

John didn't REALLY offer a different program than George, just more talk that he doesn't mean, more delay and disruption where possible, and support for all the worst polluters imaginable, as long as they are republicans, for at least the next four decades.

No difference with George at all.

Posted by: | May 13, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

McCain has disastrously low rankings from non-partisan environmental watchdog groups. He's either dodged or voted against nearly every piece of pro-environment legislation. The League of conservation Voters (LCV) scores McCain as a 26% versus Obama's 96% lifetime rating. Just yesterday the LCV stated that Senator McCain's environmental proposal "falls far short of what the science says we need to do today."

Lets be honest. No one is going to buy McCain's smokescreen on this issue. I expect it will be of more service to Obama, because it make McCain look either disingenuous or out of touch.

Posted by: Justin | May 13, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It is time that America learns who Barack Obama really is and how he has risen to power.

He is nothing more than a puppet of the wealthy, elitist far-left that has hijacked the Democratic Party. Read The New American Disenfranchisement and Support The Obama Truth Week at

Posted by: JT | May 13, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm indecided about McEnviro. I hope to hear from other candidates.
But whoa to the american people...cap and trades tax will be passed unto the consumers of energy. That means higher gas, heating etc. McEnviro listens only to those so called global warming scientist and shuts his hearing to opposing scientist such as the ones just about a month ago of 400 scientist in a gathering in NY that rejected global warming.
Just like amnesty proposal by McAlien he is
to be not trusted.
And it saddens me when my soul says not to
trust McAlien, McEnviro and what ever name
people have given him.
Perhaps Osama is right, Mr McQuack has lost
his bearings. If he continues to oscillate
on these important subject..surely he will

Posted by: Jim | May 13, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has switched policy stands so many times, how can anyone believe him? Now he's an environmentalist? Please, is there anything he won't do for votes? Next they'll be rolling out photos of him crashing through waves on a zodiac to keep ships from harpooning whales.

Posted by: Woody | May 12, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I's sorry. Was this thread about flag pins again? Karl Rove and all our Republican friends - please, please, PLEASE make this election about flag pins! The country has moved past you and is ready to talk about real issues.

Posted by: Chuck | May 12, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an environmentalist? I don't think so. This is a lose/lose for John McCain. He won't fool real environmental supporters and he'll only tick off the people in his party who think global warming is a myth. He might as well parrot George Bush's global warming denial statements. People have been worrying that the Democrats didn't select the best candidate. Barack Obama will be able to more than hold his own with Senator McCain. I can't wait for the primaries to end and the general election to get started. We have had it up to here with Republican incoherence and incompetence.

Posted by: Chuck | May 12, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Gabe, I really think that the flagpin issue was rovian politics, image over substance.

Consider some real Patriots enshrined at a field near Somerset, Pa., the first truely brave Americans standing up to al-queda. They were average Americans who instantly answered the call to duty. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presented each one of those brothers and sisters of ours on Flight 93 with a posthumous medal. I am truly not worthy myself.

Now, apparently John Sidney McCain III is a far superior being than I. And so I am not worthy to ride on his shirt tail. In fact, I am so beneath McCain that I pledge never to mention his name again.

Posted by: Mark W. | May 12, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Flag lapel pin is not a badge of patriotism. I bet you folks don't wear one. I don't. Does that make any less patriotic? Get a real subject to discuss and stop this nonsense. Sen. Obama can choose to wear one if he feels like doing so. Running for presidency of the US is a whole lot more patriotic than getting on your computer and running your mouth.

Posted by: Gabe | May 12, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I object to the MSM discrediting my candidate
by suggesting someone of his age should climb it. His age has nothing to do with his ability to be a wonderful president.

Posted by: Traditional Republican | May 12, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

and THIS is the guy Clinton supporters say they'll turn to ...

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 12, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Shut up old man. Stop lying to people. Straight Talk!

Posted by: billy | May 12, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Good call, A. Lincoln. The compassionate conservatives threatened to deport some 12 million people nearly causing riots in every major city in the United States. Some of those fools need to stock up on tongue blocker through November of 2008 or they may find themselves unemployed. We have a list.

Posted by: Mark W. | May 12, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

By the way Bern, I have no clue if you are a political subversive or not but minimizing tradedies experienced by some is not cool. Kind of thing Cheney would do.

You dodged this issue which is disposing of nuclear waste which is costly, dangerous and has half lives in the 1000 year range.

If you can't argue civilized I won't waste my time on you.

Posted by: Mark W. | May 12, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Well Bern, it was life disrupting for many and I lived through it. In the aftermath alot of investors lost alot of money having all their eggs in one basket. Did you have to deal with a grandmother thinking that it was the end of the world, I did and so did many others you minimizing little politially motivated fool.

Now some of the people on the boards must want to live in the dark because all electricity generation in use today has enviromental impact, even hydro.

There were worst things released here in the United States through burning coal like sulfur. The rest of the world has a real, real problem with toxic emissions, much less than the United States in alot of areas.

I don't want to argue with Obama Bigots and Clones. You people are getting worse than the neocons but I for one expected as much. The pendulum has indeed swung to the far left, you radicals. Now your ignorance and arrogance is showing through your contempt for common sense and wisdom.

I love an America which is completely insane. I will feel at home anywhere I go. Do carry on, I love a good comedy.

Posted by: Mark W. | May 12, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Serios Chris, on nuclear energy, Larry Craig and McCain are sitting in adjacent bathroom stalls. McCain's stance on nuclear energy is too wide for me. McCain should just plead guilty on this one and move on.

Pull over that Bus McCain and step out of the vehicle sir. Can I see your license and registration please.

You know why we pulled you over, we know all about those bathrooms in rest stops sir.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Senator McCain is being cynical and hoping to attract the "green" vote. As given, the speech borders on the ridiculous -- repeating every alarmist theme of preventing climate change. Actually, Senator McCain is on record saying the Chinese should sign on to restricting CO2, because they are now the world's largest emitters. This gives him an escape route from his seeming conviction that cap and trade is inevitable.

Surely, no intelligent person can accept the IPCC's fairy tale that cutting CO2 can affect the climate. This is the green's and the Environmentalists' dream, to hobble the world's economies and to destroy America's capitalist system, and to skim billions from the taxpayers.

We do not need to be scientists to understand why this is a fairy tale: All the dire predictions are based on climate computer models which have never correctly forecast anything, not even the past. And, even though the short term forecasts are totally wrong, the so-called scientists say the long term forecasts are suitable for policy making. Only a complete fool would believe this. And, further, only a dishonest con man of a scientist would make such a claim.

In order to believe that reducing man-made CO2 concentrations controls the climate, one should ask, why, pray tell, did the climate vary so much in pre-industrial times? And why did the climate change and then the CO2 concentrations follow? And, of course, why are the planets' climates also changing in the same pattern as the earth?

A sane man would think that the scientists who believe the sun causes climate changes, might have doubts about whether man-caused CO2 emissions has anything to do with climate change, or global warming at all.

I hope Senator McCain is lying.

Posted by: Arthur E. Lemay | May 12, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

A bit phony sounding. He may be making a mistake to run as what will be perceived as a phony.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

al mccain can kiss the white house goodbye with this nonsense and the fact that barr is in the race. the dems will win,trash us then we can start over.

Posted by: gunclinger | May 12, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain the Environmentalist? That's funny, that's really funny! I haven't heard such a good one since the old "Compassionate Conservative" baloney of the 1990's. Isn't that like "Clean Coal"? Keep trying GOP' guy's should be on Leno.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | May 12, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain the Environmentalist? That's funny, that's really funny! I haven't heard such a good one since the old "Compassionate Conservative" baloney of the 1990's. Isn't that like "Clean Coal"? Keep trying GOP' guy's should be on Leno.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | May 12, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Americans, here is your GOP Candidate for President....
Its really hard to understand that a Country like America and its citizen would be thinking of voting for this guy you are going to see and listen to below:-

Posted by: Chrys | May 12, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Too bad McCain didn't break with Bush on the Invasion of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Or with Bush on torture, or on outing CIA agents, or on climate change, or automobile mileage requirements, or on...... If he had vision or leadership qualities or anything other than Stockholm syndrome. Why did he support a guy who slimed him in 2000 and who he wouldn't even vote for 'cause he knew he was dangerous, even then???
Not qualified for president, Sorry my friend.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 12, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

John McCain the GOP Presumptive nominee for President. The Press is not doing their job in calling this man....

Its just a pity....

Posted by: Chrys | May 12, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

God does get even with Traitors in funny ways. I could be mistaken, but it looks like Juan McAmnesty has developed a Camel-Toe under his chin! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 12, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Mandatory curbs on emissions are preposterous. Let the Starbucks liberals wring their hands over such drivel. Presidents have better things to concern themselves with than the worries of the Sierra Club.

Posted by: muskrat | May 12, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

A green warmonger? That would certainly be a new wrinkle in politics.

But I doubt very much that McCain is truly green.

He just needs an area in which he can pretend to be different from Bush. They picked the environment precisely because they care about it so little.

Posted by: OD | May 12, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

oooooh, John McCain is such a maverick. He's finally embracing science which has been around for over 30 years now and is accepted by all but the most greedy, selfish, neanderthals (I guess I should have saved some characters and simply said 'hard core Republicans'). The media's obsession with their own narrative of painting a conservative Republican who espouses all the party lines as a "maverick" should be embarassing to themselves--except they are so in love with themselves (or in the pocket of the GOP) they cannot call themselves on it let alone McCain and his marketers--who will gladly let that image be painted of him. It's either that, or they want him to win because a) their corporations will make more money; b) they will continue the way and more kids will die and they will sell more papers, air time, or whatever else and make more money; c) the average reporter gets 'access' and they can look good and sell pseudo stories generated by the party and make more money. I'm sensing a theme. . .

Posted by: map529 | May 12, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

John McCain = No Country For Old Men!
This dinosaur has been hanging out in the senate for 30 years with relics such as Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd! This longevity / lack of term limits is what keeps this country from prospering. Same people with the same old bs! Trick Question? Could someone please list all of the Senators accomplishments in the past 30 years or so, also some name of Hillarys!

Posted by: Snoop2 | May 12, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Greenwash... that's all it is. Don't believe this nonsense.

Posted by: dixielandpunker | May 12, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Folks, I am afraid you are about to be own your own. The Sniveling Leftist-Especially the Amnesty Groups have managed to get me.

Juan McAmnesty is BAD NEWS! The Invasion is REAL.

Another thing that is Real, is that Morons like Juan McAmnesty will deal more blows to our Economy, crippling our Systems in the name of preventing "GreenHouse Gasses" of which close to Half, is produced by LIVESTOCK!

The ICE AGE is what is going to KILL. IT, is right around the corner, and this Old Idiot is also NOT going to do a DAMN thing, to get ready for it.

ME? I'm investing in "Winter" Technology! I already live in the South! :-)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 12, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain was born during the first administration of FDR and before WW II.

McCain accepts scientist data and then rejects it. Losing his bearings.

John McCain, a man for the past century.

Posted by: Maddogg | May 12, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Mark W's May 12 comment about sending spent fuel rods to Iran would probably be welcomed by those Iranians who are trying to develop nuclear weapons. Also nuclear power is environmentally much preferable to coal since it doen't emit CO2. Nobody was killed as a result of the the 3 Mile Island accident and almost all the radioactivity stayed within the reactor containment

Posted by: bern1925 | May 12, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Mark W's May 12 comment about sending spent fuel rods to Iran would probably be welcomed by those Iranians who are trying to develop nuclear weapons. Also nuclear power is environmentally much preferable to coal since it doen't emit CO2. Nobody was killed as a result of the the 3 Mile Island accident and almost all the radioactivity stayed within the reactor containment

Posted by: bern1925 | May 12, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

He can't have it both ways. Is he for "free markets" or actually getting something done?

Posted by: mpp | May 12, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Greenwashing is an automatic when marketing these days, no matter if it is Landrover or BP, or presidenttial candidates.

Posted by: lwps | May 12, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

So Clinton questions what to do with nuclear waste, eh? I guess she doesn't remember that "her" first administration cancelled a DOE project that developed the technology to use the waste as fuel in a safer, more proliferation-resistant and highly-energy-efficient reactor and fuel cycle technology known as the Integral Fast Reactor. Google it and see the renewed interest in the technology.

Posted by: Bill Mosby | May 12, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why did Obama read his speech directly from the text in Charleston, WVA, and wear his flag lapel pin?

What makes Obama so relaxed and eloquent when he explains to San Francisco Democrats why bitter West Virginians cling to God and guns?

Posted by: DaTourist | May 12, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's true that Obama wore his flag lapel pin in Charleston, WVA, but will he wear it back home in Chicago? Or with the San Francisco Democrats?

I guess Obama's got that selective audience patriotism!

Posted by: DaTourism | May 12, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I just can't seem to get that R.E.M. song out of my head"It's the end of the world as we know it".

Posted by: RaferJanders | May 12, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse


Did Obama put on his flag lapel pin for West Virginia?

McCain will teach Obama Patriotism 101!

Posted by: DaTourist | May 12, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Que the picture of McBush hugging Bush....Next....

Posted by: pj4521 | May 12, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the good Governor is signaling that a vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain.

Posted by: Choska | May 12, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad, I used to like McCain. We could have helped him achieve his objectives.

Now back in the day, my parents offered to put up my girlfriend's parents during the Three Mile Island disaster. Her parents lived within the "zone" of possible contamination.

Economic effect of Three Mile Island potential China Syndrome that alot of investors in America's future lost alot of money through that deal. People speculating on Electricity future through nuclear technology went belly up overnight.

Now what would McCain do with all that nuclear waste that Senator Craig of Idaho is purposing to create ? I know, let's send all those spent and glowing used fuel cell rods to Iran.

Posted by: Mark W. | May 12, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

What is Tom Kulongski doing standing next to McCain at a campaign event? He's a Clinton supporter, and he was with her at an event last Thursday. Way to play both sides of the fence, Governor.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | May 12, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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