This week SOS12 producer Michael Owens contributed a somewhat controversial piece to the Huffington Post suggesting Newt Gingrich own up to his well-documented position on climate change and how he could use it to his advantage. He recommended that if Mr. Gingrich wanted to be serious about reviving our economy, he must have an honest conversation about climate change since the rest of the world is. Here is an excerpt from the piece:
And just like that… Newt Gingrich is suddenly the front-runner for the Republican nomination.
It is not surprising that Gingrich’s win of Saturday’s primary in South Carolina was due to his strong backing by conservative voters in the state. While Gingrich is no pauper, voters already alienated by Romney’s wealth, appear to be balking at his reticence to produce his tax returns. Perhaps, the 99% movement is not just a liberal thing after all?
Though I can’t say whether Gingrich will be able to maintain this momentum through the upcoming primary in Florida, I do have a suggestion that I believe would improve his chances significantly:
Gingrich should come clean about his well-documented beliefs on climate change!
Now, before you suggest that this would be political suicide for a “conservative” presidential candidate in 2012, I ask that you please hear me out.
The United States is lagging behind China and Europe in the clean energy race!
The U.S. is the only developed nation where believing in climate science is a political issue. Meanwhile, the rest of the world agrees that climate change is real; and has focused on finding innovative, profitable solutions to mitigate its effects.
When it comes to global investment in clean energy, the U.S. now ranks third, behind China and Germany (respectively). But those numbers understate the issue. In fact, China has actually invested three times more than us. This statistic is even more alarming when combined with the Pew Center study that predicts that the global market for clean energy will reach $2.3 trillion by 2030. Since reviving the sluggish economy and restoring our nation’s competitive edge remain key election issues, why are none of the candidates talking about these alarming statistics?
Read the full piece at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-p-owens/newt-gingrich-global-warming_b_1229310.html