Newt again demonstrates his naivete about the environment.
David Anderson writes on Yahoo!:
If Newt Gingrich goes on to lose his fight for the Republican presidential nomination, he may look back at his decision to co-star in a 2006 global warming television ad with Nancy Pelosi as the moment that doomed his campaign.
Gingrich, who served as House Speaker from 1995-1999, fielded yet another question about the ad during a New Years Day campaign event at LJs Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa. His answer was captured on video by C-Span.
“The question I was trying to reach was can conservatives be in the middle of an environmental debate and represent a conservative solution to the environment?” Gingrich responded. “Because I taught Environmental Studies. I think the environment does matter, and I think conservatives ought to be pro-environment in the broad sense that all of us want to have clean air and clean water. And we want to have national parks. And we want to have diversity of species.”
“I don’t think we should walk off and allow liberals to claim to be the only ones who care about the environment,” he continued. “That was the reason I agreed to do the commercial.”
“It was stupid because Nancy Pelosi became so radioactive, that the act of being on a couch with her was automatically…,” he began to say, before being interrupted by laughter and a shout “Eww!” from the crowd.
“That’s right. I rest my case,” Gingrich agreed. “I have been very energetic and every once in a while I do something dumb, and I will concede that was dumb”…
Gingrich actually shows how little he knows about the conservatives and the environment with his statement:
I think the environment does matter, and I think conservatives ought to be pro-environment…
But opposing the Marxist green effort to seize national and global control via bogus environmental scares hardly renders anyone anti-environmental.