The Trouble With Endorsements
There was a photo making the rounds on Facebook. It shows two smiling politicians: Former United States Senator Rick Santorum, a candidate for President, and David Larsen, a candidate for Congress.
Unfortunately for both men, just days before, David Larsen announced his support for Newt Gingrich for President.
That was the same day he told reporters that he was running against Congressman Leonard Lance “for initially supporting the cap and trade formula for limiting carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.” For the record, Congressman Lance has since opposed Cap and Trade.
Larsen went on to tell the Reporter newspapers’ Phil Garber that such legislation “would be unnecessary because carbon dioxide emissions have little effect on the environment”. Larsen added: “I believe (global warming) can’t be true. It’s just part of the cycle. That’s the way earth does things. It could be accelerated a little bit (by carbon dioxide emissions) but earth has a way of cleaning itself.”
Too bad Larsen didn’t look into Newt Gingrich’s record before endorsing him for President of the United States.
David Larsen’s candidate for President was a co-sponsor of the Global Warming Prevention Act (H.R. 1078), which stated that “the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use, and the effects of rapid population growth in many regions,” and that “global warming imperils human health and well-being.” Gingrich’s legislation called for regulations “to reduce world emissions of carbon dioxide by at least 20 percent from 1988 levels by 2000.” This legislation stated that global warming is a “major threat to political stability, international security, and economic prosperity.”
Gingrich did something rare as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and co-sponsored legislation – H. Con. Res. 151 – which stated that carbon dioxide is a “major greenhouse gas” that comes from “products whose manufacture consumes fossil fuels” and calls on the United States to “manage its public domain national forests to maximize the reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
In a 2007 interview on Frontline, Gingrich made his support clear for a cap-and-trade system with tax incentives for clean energy. Gingrich said: “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. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.”
A couple months later, in a joint appearance with liberal Democrat Senator John Kerry, Gingrich said: “The evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere,” and that we should “do it urgently.”
And who could forget (apparently David Larsen did) Newt Gingrich’s love fest with Leftist Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a 2008 advertisement made for Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, Gingrich sat with Pelosi and said that “we do agree our country must take action to address climate change.” (Video Below)
If David Larsen wants to run as a conservative he needs to be a consistent conservative. It’s no good attacking your opponent for something that the candidate you endorsed for President has done in spades.