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RAW: Uncooked Truth, Beyond Belief 

Issue #272
Oct 31, 2008
McCain's Shameless Halloween Trick
Josh Dorner

John McCain's campaign has been marked by one dirty trick after another, but he pulled out an extra special one in honor of Halloween. It may not be the dirtiest trick yet, but it is certainly among the most disingenuous and desperate of the campaign.

McCain dusted off archival footage of Barack Obama praising the McCain-Lieberman global warming bill and cut it into an ad that promises "the truth about global warming." Too bad that McCain never updated his plan after it was first introduced, leaving its targets way behind what scientists tell us we need to do. Plus, it gives away tens of billions to polluters. Meanwhile, Obama's plan is the gold standard -- 80 percent reductions in global warming pollution by 2050 and 100 percent auction of pollution permits to make polluters pay.

What's even more outrageous is that just days ago McCain's chief economic adviser denounced the landmark 2007 Supreme Court ruling that the government must take action on global warming -- making the ridiculous claim that upholding the High Court's ruling would result in Soviet-style central economic planning. This is the same argument cooked up by polluters and ceaselessly advanced by the Bush administration, which has now unlawfully defied the High Court for over a year.

(We also learned today that the Bush administration is furiously working on numerous other eleventh-hour shenanigans to weaken environmental rules and other protections.)

The John McCain of yesterday -- the one Barack Obama is shown referring to in this ad -- would undoubtedly be ashamed of the John McCain of today for aligning himself with the richest polluting companies and the radical anti-science agenda of the Bush administration.

The ad also continues the shameful and deceptive hoax that John McCain has perpetrated on voters all year long: Tthat he supports clean energy. While the ad claims John McCain supports renewable energy, he has actually said that clean energy technologies "don't work." More importantly, McCain has consistently voted against renewable energy whenever he's taken the opportunity to vote, and his failure to support clean energy tax incentives earlier this year put more than 116,000 hardworking Americans in the wind and solar industries on the brink of layoffs.

Fortunately, looks like this Halloween American voters are over McCain's tricks -- which should give us all a nice treat come Tuesday

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