The Goracle Lands in Virginia
We learned today that if you bring Al Gore into a state to campaign, you're headed for a discussion about the politics of climate change.
Gore, the former vice president (and almost, but not quite president), who won an Oscar for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth and Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming, is attending a fundraiser dinner tonight with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds at a McLean home. (Tickets are $5,000).
Republicans accused Deeds and Democrats of supporting a "devastating" cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Democrats accused Republican Bob McDonnell and the rest of his ticket of failing to believe in the concept of global warming.
In a conference call with reporters, Republicans said Deeds' appearance with Gore answers the question of where he stands on the so-called federal cap-and-trade bill -- which they said would kill jobs in coal country in the Southwest part of the state and raise prices for goods across the state.
"It is interesting that while [McDonnell] is trying create jobs in the Southwest and other parts of Virginia, Creigh is embracing Al Gore and the cap and trade that would be devestating on the industries down there that Bob's trying to develop," said Pat Mullins, state GOP chairman.
Deeds has accused McDonnell of "lying" in a television ad and at debates when he claims that Deeds backs the bill in Congress that caps greenhouse gas emissions.
To go along with its call, the RPV released one of its pzippy videos blasting Deeds over the cap-and-trade issue. It includes some ominous appearing footage of a speech by Gore--with some key meaning-changing edits, as it turns out.
"We should stop burning coal," Gore says. "I believe we've reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants."
According to the Associated Press, here was Gore's full quote, from a speech delivered to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City last year.
"If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration."
The call for civil disobedience aside, McDonnell himself has called for the use of carbon capture and sequestration.
Meanwhile, Democrats accused McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli of not believing in global warming -- a concept endorsed by Democrats and Republicans alike.
McDonnell sidestepped a question about climate change at this week's debate but he did say the state needs to reduce carbon emissions as well increase energy sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear and off-shore drilling.
"At this week's debate, Bob McDonnell offered yet another example of his extreme, far-right ideology, when he refused to recognize the science of climate change,'' according to a state Democratic party press release. "While there are a lot of fundamental differences we have as Democrats and Republicans, one thing we can usually agree on is science. Climate change has been widely validated by the scientific community and even by some of the most conservative members of the Republican Party."
Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman
October 16, 2009; 6:43 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , John McCain , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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