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Paul Ryan: Not Exactly Gunning for the Green Vote

Paul Ryan: Not Exactly Gunning for the Green Vote

Written by Brian Merchant

So Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate, and the media instantly erupted in logorrheic glee. Something new to pore over, praise be! Droning talk of tax returns and economic mismanagement, after all, was boring everyone to tears. Watching Romney tour Europe was like watching the world’s least interesting train wreck in slo-mo. And it’s been forever since the Obama camp did anything notable at all, unless pointing out that Romney is rich and out of touch in negative ads for the hundredth time counts as “notable.”

But now: Paul Ryan. What a “bold” and “daring” choice Mitt Romney has made! He has “reset” the race but now must bear the burden of Ryan’s “controversial” ideas (which happen to be the very “ideas” that every Republican in Congress has been talking about for the past three years). Here’s the CliffsNotes of some Ryan’s most notable goals, as showcased in his budget proposal, the Roadmap for America:

-Reduce the deficit!
-Privatize Social Security
-Reign in Medicare spending by turning it into a voucher system over next 10 years
-Reduce the deficit!
-Cut taxes, especially for the rich
-Reduce the …

But you know all that, especially if you have read any other blog post in the last 48 hours; 85% of them have been about Paul Ryan. So what about his stances on energy and the environment? Well, Paul hasn’t made energy or environmental issues much of a focus, but what is out there is precisely what you’d anticipate from a Tea Party hero, right down to the climate change denial, fossil fuel fund-funneling, and Koch brothers backing.

Here’s what we’ve got.

He thinks Climate Gate was an actual scandal: “These e-mails from leading climatologists make clear efforts to use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.”

He has accepted nearly $245,000 from the oil and gas industry so far. He boasts an impressively terrible score from the League of Conservation Voters, based on his green voting record: just 3%.

Grist’s Philip Bump points us to OntheIssues.org, which outlines of some of Paul’s relevant votes:

  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling.
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution.
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets.

And on and on. None of this should be surprising—his platform on E&E is precisely in line with the prevailing ideology of the Tea Party-stocked GOP. So: roll back pollution regulations, vilify the EPA, develop fossil fuels wherever and whenever possible, and climate change is the result of naturally occurring sunspot hoaxes, or whatever the deflection du jour may be.

Paul, like Romney, has focused very little of his attention towards energy or environmental issues, especially over the last couple of years. But it’s pretty clear that both would embrace the GOP’s green agenda as currently articulated, and neither (especially not Randian Ryan) views government policy as an acceptable means to address climate change. A Romney-Ryan administration, in other words, would in all likelihood usher in at least four years of deregulation, inaction on climate, stasis on the clean energy front, and pro-fossil fuels boosterism. Let’s just say these guys aren’t exactly gunning for the green vote.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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5:58PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

With states like Iowa already getting 20% of their power from wind alone, imagine what giving true backing to alternatives would achieve.

Fossil fuels have had a monopoly for centuries , and their political and marketing activities show the sheer terror they feel at the prospects of being dethroned.

The global dynamics of power and war could indeed be facing literal winds of change.

9:13AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Here is the url
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liesmycountrytoldme/2012/08/18/lies-my-country-told-me

9:11AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

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9:11AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

BTR's "Lies My Country Told Me" will feature Dr. Allan Saxe, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, author, lecturer, radio commentator, philanthropist, and university professor who will be interviewed by co-host Jed Lemon on the Supreme Court.

Fred and Marg will discuss America's new, "hot topic", Mitt's running mate, Paul Ryan, the darlin' of the Tea Party in a segment called "Who in the world is Paul Ryan"?

Please join Fred, Jed and Marg on BTR's Lies My Country Told Me, August 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (1:00 pm Central, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific and 3:00 pm Atlantic) either on the chatroom or call in with your comments to (347) 677-1814.


8:38AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Just another brainwashed Repubtea party canidate, who would destroy this planet in a heartbeat.

2:17PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Paul Ryan is just another Repugnant tea bagger asshat! God help this country if magic underpants Romney becomes president and asshat Ryan becomes v.p. Oh and Paula M. you have the Fox news "facts" right but the real facts do not support the 700 billion dollar depletion of Medicare

8:56PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

You forgot his key budget goal: to rob the poor and the working class so he can give to the rich. Who apparently need our money more than we do.

Our taxes go up. Mitt Romney's finally legally zero out. Sound purt-near fair to you David? Charlie? Okay, then bus in some more tea baggers to a rally and try to look like grass roots support.

Great White Dope, indeed.

7:35PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Romney/Ryan --- scares me more than even Mc Cain (before choosing Palin) or Bush (before 9/11 and Enron Energy Commission with Darth Cheney).....

7:30PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

O.K. this is to all politacal parties.I know some of you will not agree,but hey oh well.
Why are the american people even voting?
Why are we wasting paper to vote on.
We are not the ones putting the presidents in power,the BIG COMPANY AND THE VERY RICH are the ones that put them in office.
Just a question

7:23PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Elaine A. reminds me of those blond bimbos every news channel seems to be overloaded with. How do those bimbos get those journalism degrees anyway? All they do is kiss up to every male rightwinger and grovel before those sleeze balls. Can one nowadays get degrees in groveling?

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