Newt On the Couch

| Tue Jul. 26, 2011 10:19 AM EDT

In the latest reinvention of reality from the campaign of Newt Gingrich, the flailing presidential contender today argued that the commercial he cut with Nancy Pelosi a few years back about working together on climate change was "misconstrued." He was just doing it to fight the vast left wing conspiracy!

He was asked about the ad for Al Gore's "We Can Solve It" campaign in an appearance on WGIR radio in New Hampshire on Tuesday. His response (via The Hill):

I was trying to make a point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment, but obviously it was misconstrued, and it's probably one of those things I wouldn't do again.

Riiight. Of course, Gingrich went on to make abolishing the EPA a central issue of his campaign, so there have long been doubts about his sincerity in that particular ad campaign. When the ad was broadcast back in 2008, even some Republicans thought talking about climate change would was cool. Now the right is whole-heartedly devoted to bashing any and all environmental idea/effort.

The change of tune hasn't, however, stopped Gingrich from investing in clean energy technology. As Politico reports today, Gingrich has a sizable investment in renewable energy technologies like solar power and biofuels.

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