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Newt Gingrich's Former Life as a Climate Advocate

16 Feb 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

Despite recently calling for the abolishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking for speedy implementation of offshore drilling in the Arctic, and favoring a policy of loose restrictions on coal mining, potential 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has repeatedly recognized the threat of global climate change in the past.

According to the New York Times, in 2007 Gingrich indicated to PBS that he would "strongly support" a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade system. The former House Speaker affirmed:

"I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there's a package there that's very, very good," he said. "And frankly, it's something I would strongly support???"

Moreover, in 2008, Gingrich was featured in a commercial with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging Congress for immediate action on climate change. In the 30-second advertisement, Gingrich stated, "???we do agree, our country must take action to address climate change."

Gingrich's duplicitous policies on energy seem to follow any way the wind blows.

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