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Steele Feels the Heat

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele accepted an endorsement for his U.S. Senate bid from one of the nation's largest business groups this afternoon but wasn't able to leave the podium before being put on the spot on the subject of global warming.

The question came during a scripted campaign event on a sweltering sidewalk in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood, where the Republican welcomed the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Steele then asked reporters if they had any questions.

Apropos of the 100-degree heat, the Baltimore Examiner's Len Lazarick asked about a just-issued Maryland Democratic Party press release questioning whether Steele agreed with the U.S. Chamber's opposition to the Kyoto Protocol and to any federal limits on pollution that aim to address global warming.

Steele pondered the question for a moment and replied: "I have one thing to say to that: God bless them."

A Steele press aide, Melissa Sellers, then abruptly ended the question period and ushered Steele away. With no clarity about Steele's views on global warming, reporters followed the candidate and asked again.

Sellars tried to keep them at bay: "We'll circle back to you," she said repeatedly, as Steele stepped into his black SUV. Reporters persisted.

"When I'm ready to talk about it, I will," Steele finally replied, and then shut the door.

Later, campaign spokesman Doug Heye circled back with a response that still didn't offer Steele's position: "That the Democrats would seek to link Michael Steele and the Mom-n-Pop small businesses represented by the Chamber of Commerce with global warming and the Kyoto treaty is desperate and pathetic."

Matt Mosk

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Cyclical weather patterns are a scientific fact, that mankind is causing them is not. We've been coming out of the Little Ice Age for a couple of centuries now.

Odd that the Kyoto Protocols would do the economic damage to the US that the Communists always dreamed of causing. New tactics - same target.

And I've yet to meet a single global-warming alarmist who's given up their automobile or air conditioner.

Posted by: Rufus | August 3, 2006 9:41 AM | Report abuse

earth, rufus. you know, third planet from the sun, the one with massive global warming? oh wait, guess you wouldn't!

Posted by: jterp | August 3, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What a loser! Asks if anyone has questions, fields one, and refuses to answer it. Then finally, finally, comes back with the usual canned propaganda. How exactly did the "democrats" try to make this "link" that was provided as an "answer?" Wasn't it a question from a reporter?
I'd say a person who can't answer one simple question even after huddling with all of his advisors to come up with something is qualified to stock shelves or delver pizza and not much beyond that.
Typical loser politician.
Everyone should try giving these kinds of non answers when asked questions by their bosses at work. E.g: Why don't I see that report on my desk I asked you to have ready last week?
Answer: The fact that you would consider this report to be late is an obvious smear tactic designed to advance your liberal agenda.
Yeah, that'll work.

Posted by: Glen | August 3, 2006 12:45 PM | Report abuse

It's really embarrassing to just about everyone . . . Michael Steele is a fake and a coward on just about every level.

Posted by: black republicans? | August 3, 2006 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, when does Steele actually ever answer a serious policy question? That is, when it's not asked at a sham partisan event, and even then when he does, he's putting his foot in his mouth (such as when he compared stem cell research to nazi experiments on jews).

Posted by: corbett | August 3, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse


Funny though, Apparently Michael Steele doesn't seem to have the courage to say what you just did. Interesting that he doesn't have the belief in his convictions to side with the Chamber that just endorsed him in public, and has to hide behind internet proxies like you, rather than state his opinion on, really, just about anything at all.

Posted by: Sufur | August 3, 2006 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Considering that Steele and a good percentage of his voting bloc believe that the world will end any day now, I'm not surprised he has no position on a long-term event like global warming.

Posted by: Frusu | August 3, 2006 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What planet are you posting from, Frusu?

Posted by: Rufus | August 3, 2006 3:42 PM | Report abuse


I think that your opposite number - sufur or frusu - is talking about a beleif in an impending Rapture. If this were to occur, it would certainly make the global warming arguments obsolete.


Posted by: Tom Canick | August 3, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

How can a former party head claim he is "independent?"

Posted by: shirley | August 3, 2006 4:25 PM | Report abuse

How can a former party head claim he is "independent?"

Posted by: shirley | August 3, 2006 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Interesting....will Steele have an opinion if he becomes a U.S. Senator? Or will he simply toe the GOP line, with no actual thought involved, much like any other "young turk" GOP Senator (Thune, Talent, Allen...).

Global warming, if not interstate air pollution, has a large effect on Maryland in the form of acid rain (yes, we still have that because of the wonderful "Clear Skies" Act).

And Rufus, even if there's no global warming there are still super-smokestacks in Indiana and Kentucky that were constructed to pipe toxic exhaust *over* the mountains to us, so it wouldn't keep getting rained on those under-regulated, sickly areas. That, plus lack of emissions-tightening standards by car-makers, makes these smoggy, humid 100-degree days really wonderful, eh? So that Kyoto Treaty doesn't actually affect us, noooooo....

Posted by: Maritza | August 3, 2006 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear that Steele was attempting to dodge a set-up from some left-wing reporters. He knows there's no scientific proof of mankind causing global warming but stating such truths sends the moonbats in fits of high vitriol.

Posted by: Rufus | August 4, 2006 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Tom, if these guys really think that folks who believe in the Rapture constitute a significant portion of Michael Steele supporters (or that he is one himself), then Steele's victory in November is going to flummox them once again.

You think they'd at least be able to think up their own name, huh?

Posted by: Rufus | August 4, 2006 10:17 AM | Report abuse

A number of climate experts noted that the Earth experienced both a widely recognized Medieval Warm Period from about A.D. 800 to 1400, as well as the Little Ice Age from 1600 to 1850. The myth makers of man-made global warming refuses to factor this in because it would undermine their conclusions.

That's just bad science.

Posted by: Rufus | August 4, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The highest temperature recorded anywhere on Earth was in Aziziyah, Libya, in September of 1922 - 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest temperature recorded in the United States was in Death Valley, Calif., in July of 1913 - 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

Posted by: Hotter Back Then | August 4, 2006 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The Kyoto issue is a red herring. In 1997, the Senate voted 95-0 (that means no Democrats supported it) for a resolution offered by Robert Byrd (he's the former Democratic leader in the Senate) that explicitly repudiated the agreement. Democrats may say they support Kyoto, but they don't have any evidence of this.

Posted by: MK | August 4, 2006 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Claiming that the US Chamber of Commerce represents mom and pop busines is just nuts. It represemts the bigest of the big companies and often holds positions in opposition to small and medium sized business.Definetly not good for small business.

Posted by: d cannon | August 11, 2006 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele accepted an endorsement for his U.S. Senate bid from one of the nation's largest business groups this afternoon but wasn't able to leave the podium before being put on the spot on the subject of global warming.
I do not agree.

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