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John McCain: Unrepentant Climate Change Republican; Update: Lindsay Graham pushes carbon caps

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 25, 2010 11:22 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, I call your attention to the key passage in unrepentant Climate Change Republican John McCain’s Senate floor statement yesterday on cap-and-trade. Note well (hat tip: Edward John Craig/Planet Gore):

Let me say to my colleagues, I am proud of my record on climate change. I have been all over the world, and I have seen climate change. I know it is real, and I will be glad to continue this debate with my colleagues and people who do not agree with that. I believe climate change is real.

More than three months after the ClimateGate scandal broke and despite relentless new disclosures every week about the fraud, misconduct, and distortions that have served as the underpinnings of AGW theory, McCain still believes climate change “is real.”

He is “proud,” my friends, of his global warming tour and rigged Senate hearings, his flip-flops on offshore drilling, and his longtime cap-and-tax flirtations.

While even Democrat slow learners are beginning to push back against the EPA war on carbon, McCain is still siding with the cultists.

I repeat:

Attention, GOP: John McCain is the problem.

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Commenter b-cat: “‘I have been all over the world, and I have seen climate change.‘ How is this possible? It is supposed to happen so slowly no one notices. It is akin to saying I have been all over the world, and I have seen evolution. We’re talking about small percentage points of a single degree over the course of a century.”

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Update: Via Michael O’Brien of The Hill, here comes the Climate Change Republican Bobsy Twin…

Comprehensive climate change legislation can’t get the votes to pass in the Senate without a cap on carbon emissions, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.

Graham, one of the three Senate negotiators on a compromise climate bill, said that lawmakers could advance a cap on carbon emissions, but not the cap-and-trade system that’s been proposed in Congress and passed by the House.

“Cap and trade to regulate to regulate carbon is not going to work,” Graham said during an appearance on the Keith Larson radio show. “And at another time, I’ll tell you a way to price carbon that will create energy independence and a green economy: You can cap carbon without doing the cap and trade bill.”

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Update: Brooke Buchanan from McCain’s office e-mails:

Saw your recent post on your blog and wanted to let you know the floor statement was dated wrong on the website and since been updated (see link below). Senator McCain actually gave the floor speech on March, 19 2009. I would appreciate updating your post to reflect.

http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.FloorStatements&ContentRecord_id=fc9fe108-cefb-5625-da0c-ae792f8ee497&Region_id=&Issue_id=

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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