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  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry, climate crank, considering presidential run

    Rick Perry, conservative darling.Photo: Gage SkidmoreA weak field of GOP presidential candidates is weakening the resolve of politicians who’ve been insisting they don’t want to run. After saying for months that he had no interest in getting into the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry changed his tune on Friday and told reporters, “I’m going to […]

  • Giuliani parses McCain on ‘Meet the Press’

    Rudy Giuliani was on “Meet the Press” today. Tom Brokaw asked him to respond to McCain’s assertion that Sarah Palin is the most knowledgeable person in the country on energy: MR. BROKAW: "More about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America." More about solar, more about wind, more about geothermal than […]

  • Rudy Giuliani talks up McCain/Palin energy policy

    Rudy Giuliani. Former mayor of New York City and one-time presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani came out swinging tonight on energy policy, praising John McCain’s approach and emphasizing the pro-drilling portion. “He will lead us toward an America that will be independent of foreign oil by an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach, including nuclear power and off-shore drilling, said […]

  • Aaawkwaaard [sing-song voice]

    Which is more painful, Giuliani’s line that we can deal with global warming through energy independence or Romney’s line that it’s not “American warming” but “global warming”? (A question for the Mittster: if, as you say, tackling this problem is going to enrich our economy, our environment, and our national security, why on earth would […]

  • Rudy Giuliani’s ties to dirty energy and efforts to kill the Senate energy bill

    You might recall that a while back there was talk of a(nother) presidential forum on climate and energy, to be convened by Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger in New Hampshire, involving all the candidates from both parties. Surely given the location, the subject, and the star power, no candidate could say no, right? Well, turns […]

  • Giuliani opposes Congressional fuel economy deal

    rudy-drag.jpgIn a revealing interview on Meet the Press today, GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he does not support the mandated increase to 35-mpg that both the House and Senate -- and I believe even the president -- support. To quote Rudy: "That isn't the way I think it should be done."

    What is his alternative strategy? Politically, as readers know, only one other alternative strategy exists: "technology, technology, technology, blah, blah, blah." Yes, Rudy wants to subsidize hybrids and biofuels -- a voluntary strategy that has failed to stop the steady decline in average fuel economy, and the steady increase in gasoline consumption, in this country since the mid-1980s.

  • Laissez unfair

    In his typically succinct way, Atrios captures something essential about energy policy, modern-day conservatism, and Rudy Giuliani: Jim Cramer is interviewing Rudy. I don’t have the sound on, but the captions are funny. First one. “Giuliani: The US Should Increase Its Coal Supply Through Government Subsidies” About 4 minutes later: “Giuliani: Business And Government Are […]

  • A look at Rudy Giuliani’s environmental platform and record

    Rudy Giuliani. Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who served as mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, talks up energy independence as a critical component of national security. He acknowledges that climate change is happening and that humans contribute to it at least to some extent, but he doesn’t often address the issue […]

  • Notable quotable, non-environmental edition

    “It depends on who does it.” — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, on whether waterboarding is torture