NEWT’S CLI­MATE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Newt Gingrich, who is now in touch with his in­ner “hum­ble,” is not get­ting cor­re­spond­ingly kinder, gen­tler re­ac­tions as he em­barks on his 2012 pres­i­den­tial bid. The Amer­i­can Tra­di­tion Part­ner­ship, a grass-roots op­po­nent of pushy en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism, is ac­cus­ing Mr. Gingrich of sup­port­ing just that.

“Vot­ers have the right to know about the rad­i­cal ‘green’ agenda of a D.C. in­sider who’s just Al Gore hid­ing un­der a Phil Don­ahue wig,” says ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don­ald Fer­gu­son. “Newt Gingrich may try to paint him­self Repub­li­can red, but his record is rad­i­cal green.”

He ac­cuses Mr. Gingrich of be­ing “a paid op­er­a­tive of ethanol in­ter­ests and an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate of global reg­u­la­tory regimes, re­dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth, fed­eral con­trols of pri­vate prop­erty, multi­bil­lion-dol­lar wel­fare pro­grams for wind and so­lar and tax­ing Amer­i­cans into what he calls ‘en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance.’ ” Mr. Fer­gu­son also quips that Mr. Gingrich is ac­tu­ally a “Demo­cratic can­di­date”; the ac­tivist is de­ter­mined that vot­ers re­call an ad­vo­cacy an­nounce­ment the can­di­date made with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for We Can Solve It, one of sev­eral cli­mate in­ter­est groups founded by Mr. Gore.

“Gingrich’s 2008 TV ad he recorded at the re­quest of Mr. Gore, where he snug­gles on a love seat with Nancy Pelosi and blames the Amer­i­can econ­omy for so-called ‘global warm­ing’ is the kind of man­i­festo that re­ally speaks to rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists. And we all know how much en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists love is­su­ing man­i­festos,” Mr. Fer­gu­son says.

“Mr. Gingrich: Please spare us the ex­pla­na­tions for your gulli­bil­ity and poor po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions. What ‘so­lu­tion’ does any­one need to ‘of­fer’ to the al- leged prob­lem Gore presents? Please stop try­ing to spin your low IQ mo­ment with Pelosi and Gore. It is em­bar­rass­ing,” says Marc Mo­rano, founder of the watch­dog news site Cli­mate De­pot.

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