Democracy Now: Energy Industry Rewarded Gingrich After Shift on Climate Change

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is already looking beyond Iowa amidst sinking poll numbers. Gingrich says he expects wide support in the upcoming primaries after Iowa, including South Carolina.
Newt Gingrich: “It very much depends on what happens. It depends what the margins are. But yeah, there are more than three tickets. And considering that I’m 20 points ahead in some of the states, it would be fairly foolish for me not to stay in the race. And it is a long way from here to picking a nominee.”
Gingrich faced new questions over his post-congressional lobbying career this week following the disclosure he received a surge in donations from major U.S. energy companies after changing his stance on climate change. One month after joining House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a 2008 ad for a global warming awareness campaign backed by former Vice President Al Gore, Gingrich began calling for increased gas drilling and the rejection of cap-and-trade legislation for carbon pollution. According to the Washington Post, Gingrich’s group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, immediately received a flood of energy industry donations eventually topping $2 million.

~ by wheresthemic on December 31, 2011.

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