But Newt, it’s “clean” energy.
Talking Points Memo reports,
As the saying goes, “not in my backyard.”
In New Hampshire on Thursday, Newt Gingrich made an awkward pivot. One moment he was accusing President Obama of selling out America to the Chinese by not immediately approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The next moment, Newt himself was promising to block another Canadian/American energy project based on environmental concerns.
But guess which state that project happens to be in?
Gingrich told voters and reporters at events that the Northern Pass, a $1.1 billion plan to transmit hydro-energy from Quebec into New England, must be modified or he would refuse to certify it as president. Environmental groups have fought it tooth and nail, warning that a series of transmission towers that would transmit the energy through New Hampshire would despoil wilderness. According to Newt, there’s a “deep feeling in northern New Hampshire that this unnecessarily disrupts the beauty of the region” and he’s worried that it could hurt tourism.
His comments came only moments after he said Obama was “siding with environmental extremists in San Francisco” by delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and pledged to immediately fast track the project if he were elected.
Somewhat jarred by the contrast, reporters pushed Gingrich as to whether these were the same conservationist issues that he decried for delaying similar job-creating enterprises. Oddly enough, he immediately offered the Keystone case as a “parallel example” that he supports, suggesting his backing indicates he still believes in similar projects under the right circumstances. He added that because the Northern Pass crosses the border, it was his responsibility to evaluate it closely as president.