Look At Me, I’m Cassandra Dee
McCain comes out singing on global warming and energy
Karl Rove might think global warming is the province of shrill Hollywood harpies, but John McCain knows better. In a speech Monday ahead of his expected entry into the presidential race tomorrow, the Arizona senator termed global warming “a serious and urgent economic, environmental, and national-security challenge” and said that the issue “isn’t a Hollywood invention, nor is doing something about it a vanity of Cassandra-like hysterics.” (We now pause so you can roll that delicious phrase around on your tongue, because some underpaid speechwriter spent a long time on it.) McCain dissed oil, pushed for energy independence, and expressed support for carbon caps. The Republican candidate-to-be is just one among a crowd jostling to have their energy plans heard; over the weekend, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards all touted their plans at Earth Day events, and Clinton announced that her campaign will go carbon neutral, a step Edwards has already taken. Only 19 months to go.