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Gingrich drops skepticism on global warming ("John Kerry Is 60% Right")
Boston Globe ^ | 4/11/07

Posted on 04/11/2007 6:26:53 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside

April 11, 2007

WASHINGTON -- In a Capitol Hill debate about global warming touted by its moderator as a "smackdown" between former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, Gingrich praised Kerry's recently released book about environmentalism, acknowledged that global warming is real, and offered what amounted to an unexpected apology for his party's inaction on curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. Article Tools

"I'm not going to stand up here and defend our failure to lead," said Gingrich, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and plans to release a book in the fall burnishing his environmental credentials. "There has to be a green conservatism."

The standing-room-only debate, staged yesterday in an ornate Senate hearing room, offered an indication that even diehard conservatives like Gingrich, who stepped down as speaker in 1998, are abandoning their skepticism on global warming. As recently as two years ago, Gingrich ridiculed the notion that humans are causing the earth to warm, but yesterday he said the evidence was "sufficient."

"We have now passed the tipping point of that argument," he said yesterday. The former Georgia congressman even allowed that he agreed with "about 60 percent" of "This Moment on Earth," a recently published book Kerry co wrote with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008; climatechange; election2008; gingrich; globalwarming; newt; newtgingrich
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1 posted on 04/11/2007 6:26:56 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Geez. He’s apologizing for us?

Go away Newt.


2 posted on 04/11/2007 6:27:43 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt supporters, where are you?


3 posted on 04/11/2007 6:28:48 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: Mr. Brightside

Move to France Newt, you gutless wonder.


4 posted on 04/11/2007 6:30:46 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Mr. Brightside

Very disapointing if true, also link does not work.


5 posted on 04/11/2007 6:31:47 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Mr. Brightside

Gingrich has bought the propaganda hook line and sinker.


6 posted on 04/11/2007 6:32:20 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Buh bye Newt.


7 posted on 04/11/2007 6:33:16 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Kerry wrote a book? Who knew he could put a coherent thought together without sounding like a complete snob?


8 posted on 04/11/2007 6:33:27 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Encourage illegal immigration! Turn the Southwest into a sewer just like Mexico!)
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To: Mr. Brightside
It's been a bad week for me. I'm trying to stay open to all candidates and potential candidates. But so far, Romney, Giuliani, and now Newt have really annoyed me with recent statements.

Hunter and Thompson are still cool, though.

9 posted on 04/11/2007 6:35:21 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Our party doesn’t need your apology Newt. I guess he wants a piece of the money action that Gore is getting from the global warming bandwagon. I hope he doesn’t think he’s garnering conservative votes with this nonsense.


10 posted on 04/11/2007 6:35:33 AM PDT by Reagan is King (Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Well, another one bites the dust. Are there no Conservatives anymore who won’t break their neck trying to kiss the Liberals butts?

Did he ask Johnnie Boy that if we truly are in a “Global Warming mode”, why we had to cancel baseball games because of snow in April?


11 posted on 04/11/2007 6:35:40 AM PDT by no dems (To: Our GOP Prez, Congress of big-spenders, crooks, and pedophiles: You failed us miserably.)
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To: Mr. Brightside; Jeremiah Jr
I'm not going to stand up here and defend our failure to lead," said Gingrich, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination ...

Hey don't let a "failure to lead" stop ya...

12 posted on 04/11/2007 6:35:47 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: ClearCase_guy

More bad news: Thompson has revealed he has lymphoma.

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/04/11/breaking-fred-thompson-says-he-has-lymphoma/


13 posted on 04/11/2007 6:37:03 AM PDT by Ludicrous
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To: Mr. Brightside

O.K., we have global warming - that is still debateable. However, are humans causing it or is the source of life on earth causing it - THE SUN !!, Lets get real.


14 posted on 04/11/2007 6:39:29 AM PDT by hgro
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To: Mr. Brightside

Chicken s*. Newt could make a perfectly good conservative case for cutting carbon (”Hydrocarbons are made by people who hate us. Use American uranium instead!”) without buying into the global warming hokum.


15 posted on 04/11/2007 6:40:50 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: Mr. Brightside

Mr. Newt disappoints again.


16 posted on 04/11/2007 6:44:47 AM PDT by Beowulf
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To: Mr. Brightside

Let the shark-jumping begin. Oy, Newt, that was stupid.


17 posted on 04/11/2007 6:44:49 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

John Kerry isn’t 60% right about anything. Newt is done


18 posted on 04/11/2007 6:46:38 AM PDT by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt could have made a global warming concession without pandering to Democrats by sucking up to, of all people, John Kerry. It’s a cheap, transparent attempt at Clintonesque triangulation, and I hope it’s his swan song.


19 posted on 04/11/2007 6:47:07 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Mr. Brightside
Check the LIVE THREAD from yesterday.


Most of us were disgusted with Newt's limp performance.

Basically the 'debate' was weather to financially exploit the hoax (Newt) or politically exploit the hoax (sKerry)... very PATHETIC and sad.

I was surprised Rush ignored it (covering for Newt?) yesterday even though he did do some of the 'environmental stack'.

Two reasons only...
1) Newt is running for president and wants to exploit the media buzz on the issue to his advantage
2) Newt sees a profit to be made in a new market, and is eager to join in.
20 posted on 04/11/2007 6:47:55 AM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Welcome aboard, Mr. Speaker.


21 posted on 04/11/2007 6:49:23 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Mr. Brightside

Say goodnight, Newt.


22 posted on 04/11/2007 6:49:31 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: babaloo
LOL...

-- crickets --

23 posted on 04/11/2007 6:51:33 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt talks the talk, but he always backs down in the end.


24 posted on 04/11/2007 6:51:54 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: potlatch; holdonnow; stevemalzberg1; Laura_Ingraham; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; ...


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What is algore's energy use for his Tennessee mansion so far this April?

Is he on track to use about $1200+ a month of electricity plus natural gas for heating as usual?

If palm trees and hippos were once in England how can these "climate experts" claim the earth was never warmer and all you dumb peons cannot question their "facts"?

Did algore's ancestor's invent a extra secret worldwide thermometer gizmo hundreds of years ago we will all soon learn about on the Weather Channel?

What did the "consensus of worldwide expert scientists" say about how warm this month would be on April Fool's Day?


25 posted on 04/11/2007 6:53:38 AM PDT by devolve ( ........upload images free & fast at tinypic.com or Photobucket or Imagecave)
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To: Mr. Brightside
He has such a great gift of gab...
26 posted on 04/11/2007 6:53:58 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt jumps the shark.


27 posted on 04/11/2007 6:54:34 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: jpsb

working link: http://tinyurl.com/2uf2el


28 posted on 04/11/2007 6:55:21 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Mr. Brightside

29 posted on 04/11/2007 6:56:47 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt’s science advisors are Frank Luntz and a focus group of bovine Wal-Mart shoppers.


30 posted on 04/11/2007 6:59:05 AM PDT by Buckhead
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To: Mr. Brightside
The NG Main Stream Media Suck-Up continues.

He'll now be refere to as the "sage" and the "old wise man" of Republican politics, yadda, yadda, yadda...

31 posted on 04/11/2007 7:00:37 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: Mr. Brightside
I know nobody on the left will ever ask the questions which need to be asked and I am beginning to doubt if those on the right have the backbone.

Question #1) Exactly what is the best temperature for the earth?

Question #2) Has there ever been a time in recorded history that the earth did not cool or heat up?

Question #3) Exactly and I mean exactly, if the earth is warming what percentage is caused by humans?

Question #4) If we removed some of the particulate filters forced on us, would we not reduce the solar radiation on the planet and then cool it? Think of those nasty big belching things created by wonderful mother nature call volcanoes. Seems volcanoes have been known to cool the planet after one of their belches.

Question #5) Is this not simply another plot by the losers of the world to hold back the successful countries of the world by cutting off their energy supply.

Seems like every action taken by the one world types has targeted those countries that have succeeded and don't have most of their population running around in the sand half naked. They want to level the playing field by cutting off the legs of the producers in any manner possible.

32 posted on 04/11/2007 7:02:30 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Islam or lawyers. Which one is lower on the food chain?)
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To: BlazingArizona

This is the “I want to go to the lefty cocktail party”, side of schizoid Newt. The same one that sidles up next to Hillary on some cockamamie scheme about only half-way nationalizing the health care industry. And then sneers at his conservative backers for taking exception to his seeming reversal of ideology. Their are other examples of this kind of garboj out of Newt.

Next week, he’ll revert back to the “fire-breathing conservative”, side of schizoid Newt.

Those are the usual of his two multiple personalities that he most often shows. The other, less often seen, one is when he tells his wife on her sick bed, “Oh by the way, I’m leaving you for one of my interns”.

Or worse. When he refuses to fulfill his oversight duties when called upon. When the nation, his nation, our nation, is faced with a clear and present need to remove a no-goodnik of a President. Then he was Silent Newt. Nowhere to be found Newt. Gone Newt. Inexplicably, all of a sudden, silent Newt.

Good idea man. Good history teacher. Terrible choice for President. Go away Newt.


33 posted on 04/11/2007 7:03:22 AM PDT by dangerbird
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt, you shark-jumping, assumptive apologist. What a wussie. I never thought you had a chance to win the nomination and now I am certain. How dare you apologize for the GOP and conservatives! Next thing you know you’ll be licking albore’s a**!


34 posted on 04/11/2007 7:04:40 AM PDT by Thickman (Term limits are the answer.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think Fred Thompson just took himself out of the race with the announcement of his return of Lymphonic Cancer. Prayers for him. I'd like to see Duncan Hunter get some traction.

If he doesn't, I'm willing to settle for Romney. At least he has a track record as a successful businessman. As long as he respects the second amendment, I don't give a rat's rear end as to whether he personally has been hunting or not. The 2nd Amendment is NOT for hunters and sportsmen any more than the 1st Amendment is for journalists. They just happen to benefit from this God-given right.

35 posted on 04/11/2007 7:04:47 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Newt, never had a chance.


36 posted on 04/11/2007 7:06:33 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Mr. Brightside

newt is a lib... if you go and look at the interview he did with Greta 6 months ago, it will prove it. What’s next newt... embracing INCREASED TAXES, Gun Control and Abortion?

LLS


37 posted on 04/11/2007 7:06:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Say good night, Newt.


38 posted on 04/11/2007 7:07:43 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Frank_Discussion
Let the shark-jumping begin. Oy, Newt, that was stupid.

Yep. His stock just went down 100 points in my book.....

39 posted on 04/11/2007 7:10:31 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Mr. Brightside
I'm in a purple funk these days.

One by one, our potential GOP presidential candidates are coming down with newt-in-mouth disease.

Leni

40 posted on 04/11/2007 7:11:02 AM PDT by MinuteGal (The Left takes power only through deception.)
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To: Wurlitzer
Great list of questions, to which I would add:

(6) If the ice caps were really melting at a rapid rate, would it not make more sense to construct waterways to largely uninhabited below sea level areas such as the Qattara Depression to help contain the runoff?

If Greenland melted down completely, 88% of the excess water produced could be contained by flooding the uninhabited Qatarra Depression in nortwest Egypt, producing thousands of miles of valuable lakefront property, generating electrical power as water flowed from the Medditerranean to the depression and potentially turning much of the surrounding Sahara Desert into arable land.

It took Greenland 18,000 years to accumulate as much ice as it has now. How long do you think it will take it to melt?

41 posted on 04/11/2007 7:11:07 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: NativeNewYorker

thanks link works, sad I USED to be a Newt supporter. Newt should know better, the science is NOT settled yet not by a long shot. Newt is pandering.


42 posted on 04/11/2007 7:15:23 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: MinuteGal
One by one, our potential GOP presidential candidates are coming down with newt-in-mouth disease.

If we take all of our candidates and put them together, we have a gun-grabbing, tax-raising, abortion funding, high spending, socialized medicine, environmental extremist.

43 posted on 04/11/2007 7:16:43 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: babaloo

Newt, you just lost me.

The world IS warming up - the data proves it. But it has warmed up in the past and cooled off in the past.

There is no conclusive data that the current warming trend is due to human agency. And at one time in the world’s past, global climates were far warner than today, and far colder.

For every geoclimatologist who claims its oour fault, you can find others who blame it on solar cycles, etc.

Should we be careful with oour use of energy? Absolutely. But we shouldn’t compromise our liefstyle and society and economy on what doesn’t even reach the level of an hypothesis at this point.


44 posted on 04/11/2007 7:16:44 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Usally newt can be found leading bandwagons instead of jumping on them. Too bad he jumped on this insane one.

Bye, Newt!

45 posted on 04/11/2007 7:18:52 AM PDT by Gritty (Of the two suicide cults America confronts, Liberalism is by far the more lethal - Don Feder)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I’m done with Newt.

I should have known better after his love fest with Clintoon, but to watch him buy into the GW hoax seals it for me.


46 posted on 04/11/2007 7:20:29 AM PDT by rottndog (Fred Thompson will wipe the floor with all the other Republican nominees.)
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To: Wurlitzer

Here’s another question for your list:

What is the evidence that the recent increase in levels of CO2 is not a DESIRABLE return to a more healthy percentage? The geologically “recent” evolution of some plants to use C4 Photosynthesis provides evidence that the plant kingdom finds current levels of CO2 are too low.

Are plants smarter than AlGore?

Hmmmmm....


47 posted on 04/11/2007 7:22:49 AM PDT by pfony1
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To: ZULU
Me too ... I never would have thought Newt would be the kind of "idea man" that would start to speak, approach a rebuttal, but then give way to the French Fag and allow it to ramble on with its socialist $h!t.

It's proof to me,
You must agree,
He's now become,
Non-entity.

(From a poem I wrote in '69)

48 posted on 04/11/2007 7:23:12 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: MinuteGal

” GOP presidential candidates are coming down with newt-in-mouth disease. “

When Newt agreed to GW being ‘urgent’ during the
non-debate debate,
he agreed to all the tax increases Kerry and the
Democrates will impose,
Thanks Newt,
now I’ll ask for 160hrs a week at work.


49 posted on 04/11/2007 7:24:05 AM PDT by Son House ( The Presidents enemies, are my enemies.)
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To: All

Go away Gingrich.


50 posted on 04/11/2007 7:25:24 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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