Politics

The green take on Paul Ryan

Fans of R sounds, rejoice! Mitt Romney has made his pick: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be playing the role of Sarah Palin in this year’s election. Unlike Palin at the time she was picked, though, a lot of people have heard of and covered Paul Ryan, which allows us to compile this little dossier.

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

First things first. Ryan is a seven-term member of the House of Representatives at the ripe old age of 42. He’s from Janesville, Wis., where he still lives, and went to college at Miami University of Ohio.

In the House (and outside of it), he’s primarily known as the architect of a hugely controversial budget proposal. Here’s an overview; but the topline is a broad overhaul of social programs like Medicare and Social Security. You will hear about this plan every 14 minutes until Nov. 6, so we’re going to focus on our core issues.


Meaning: energy and the environment. OnTheIssues.org provides a good overview:

To that last point, Ryan has pushed for ending subsidies for clean energy. He also supported ending subsidies for big oil companies, but has consistently voted to keep them.

Over at ThinkProgress’ Climate Progress, they go deeper, in an article titled “Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte,” which basically sums it up. If you’d rather hear Ryan in his own words, well, here’s Ryan on “Climategate”:

These e-mails from leading climatologists make clear efforts to use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.

Mm-hm. In his prepared remarks today, Ryan made no mention of energy or the environment.

But should that not be enough — should you, for some inexplicable reason, base your political decisions on more than just a single list of issues — here is a quick overview of the broader resources that are out there.

There you have it. Everything you need to know for 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning about a man who will either be a footnote to history or a footnote in Washington. America votes, 2012!

Update: Information and analysis continue to come in.

New York’s Jonathan Chait:

Over time the movement and the party have grown synonymous, and Ryan’s nominations represents a moment when the conservative movement ceased to control the politicians from behind the scenes and openly assumed the mantle of power.

And:

Paul Ryan’s most valuable assets are mining and oil/gas holdings in his wife’s native Okla bit.ly/NgOZXR bground bit.ly/NgP0uM

— Justin Elliott (@elliottjustin) August 11, 2012

If you’re interested, here’s who’s given to Ryan while he’s been in Congress. Sixth biggest contributor? Koch Industries.

Update:

Huzzahs for Ryan from the website ‘Global Warming Skeptic.’On climate, ‘as conservative as they come.’ globalwarmingskeptics.com/2012/08/11/spe…

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) August 11, 2012

Huzzah!

Some select Paul Ryan “aye” votes: Iraq War, TARP, NDAA, Medicare Part D, auto bailout, Libya funding #SmallGovernment

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 11, 2012

Update: ProPublica has a very thorough compendium of articles about Ryan (but fewer jokes).