Sunday, October 7, 2007

Fred Thompson changes mind on ethanol, CAFE, and climate change

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Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson voted against ethanol subsidies in the Senate but has changed his tune. Thompson said he supports them now because they're a matter of "national security." Here is exactly what he said:

"I have voted against subsidies in the Senate ... But I think it's a matter now of national security, and we've got to avail ourselves of a lot of different resources, and I think renewable has to be a part of that picture."

Fred also voted Yes on terminating CAFE fuel efficiency standards back then. However, in the video above, Fred says "we've got a lot pieces to this energy puzzle. We're gonna have to use all of them. Fuel efficiency is apart of that." That may a flip-flop in position or good ol' voter "charming." Who knows?

Fred Thompson seems to imply climate change was not real in a joke he made about "alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle." However, in the video below the fold, he says "climate change is real. We have to take it seriously." By seriously, does he mean not telling jokes about climate change? Does he want to get serious at the pump? Nope, Thompson does not support an increase in the gas tax.

[Source: Boston Globe, YouTube]


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