Palin Pick Completes De-Greening of McCain

Green voters left with one choice after McCain ceases being a maverick
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 2:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin completes his transformation from the most green-leaning GOP candidate for years into just another mouthpiece for Big Oil, Thomas L. Friedman writes in the New York Times. Palin backs drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and she does not believe humans play any role in climate change, Friedman notes.

"Palin’s much-ballyhooed confrontations with the oil industry have all been about who should get more of the windfall profits—not how to end our addiction," Friedman writes. Barack Obama should be doing more to promote his green agenda, argues Friedman. With Palin putting the last nail in Maverick McCain's coffin, the choice for voters concerned about the environment is crystal clear, he notes.