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Published:May 12th, 2008 16:21 EST
John McCain: The Global Warming Evangelist?

John McCain: The Global Warming Evangelist?

By Robert Paul Reyes

To win the general election, Sen. John McCain needs to garner support from outside the traditional Republican base. McCain will be running against Sen. Barack Obama, a Democrat with wide appeal to swing voters. To have any realistic chance at the White House, McCain must steal some of those crucial voters from Obama.

His first step in achieving this objective is to change the perception that he is marching in lockstep with President George W. Bush. If the electorate perceives McCain as an embodiment and continuation of the Bush administration, he will lose in a landslide.

McCain is inextricably linked with Bush`s disastrous Iraq war policy; if the situation dramatically deteriorates in Iraq in the next few months he is toast. At this juncture McCain would lose all credibility if he attempted to distance himself from Bush`s Iraq misadventure.

But McCain can draw distinctions on those subjects in which he takes a different stand than President Bush. One of those issues is the environment, McCain is much more green-friendly than Dubya.

In recent campaign appearance McCain has stressed the need to address the global warming problem:

"Republican John McCain, reaching out to both independents and green-minded social conservatives, argues that global warming is undeniable and the country must take steps to bring it under control while adhering to free-market principles.

In remarks prepared for delivery Monday at a Portland, Ore., wind turbine manufacturer, the presidential contender says expanded nuclear power must be considered to reduce carbon-fuel emissions. He also sets a goal that by 2050, the country will reduce carbon emissions to a level 60 percent below that emitted in 1990."

Quotation from Glen Johnson/Associated Press

By focusing on global warming the Arizona senator is killing two birds with one stone: He is separating himself from Bush and making himself more palatable to independents and young voters.

The current administration has been a disaster for the environment. Bush doesn`t believe in global warming, and he failed to sign the Kyoto global warming protocols.

I applaud McCain for putting the spotlight on global warming, although I don`t agree with all of his solutions. Nuclear power must never be considered to reduce carbon-fuel emissions, that`s like trying to deal with a termite infestation with a sledgehammer. There are many eco-friendly alternative forms of energy that we should consider first. There is nothing eco-friendly about a Nuclear power station that goes Chernobyl.

I am vehemently opposed to the surge and for that reason I wouldn`t vote for McCain even if he turned his mansion into a compost heap, and drove around in the Model-T of his youth. But taking a more progressive stand on environmental matters will sway some independents and young voters.

It`s smart of McCain to appeal to young voters by embracing principles they hold dear, and not by trying to adopt a cool image. Sen. Barack Obama has stated that Jay-Z is one of his favorite music artists. If McCain claimed that Jay-Z was in his iPod, nobody would believe him. McCain probably thinks that Jay-Z is a medication for constipation and that an iPod is a garage door opener.

But why be fooled by an imitation when you can have the genuine article? Obama is as green as Kermit the Frog, and he`s committed to bringing our troops home as soon as possible.

McCain`s global warming talk may be nothing more than hot air born of political desperation, but we know that Obama is a true believer, he has been preaching the Green Gospel for many years.