Newt On the Couch

Image via the "We Can Solve It" campaign.


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.

More MotherJones reporting on Climate Desk

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.