What’s Next: GOP Guru Karl Rove Says “Climate is Gone”

  • Published on November 6th, 2010

We knew this election would have consequences – not that much has gotten done on climate action in the past two years.

Now, Republican guru Karl Rove announced this week that “Climate is gone”.

Speaking at a Pittsburgh conference on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation (aka fracking), Rove told the giddy crowd that cap and trade is dead, and they don’t need to worry about the Federal government stepping in to regulate fracking (and with a new pro-fracking Republican governor in Pennsylvania and an old Republican governor one of the coalition‘s top advisors, they don’t have to worry about local regulation either). Fracking has led to a drilling resurgence in states like Pennsylvania, but has rather dramatic environmental consequences.

Rove says the new GOP-majority Congress  is “Going to be positive and optimistic and move an agenda.” It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out – so far the only agenda that’s been announced is spending cuts (with no specifics), cuts to both taxes and the deficit (that’s going to be tricky to reconcile), and a promise of lots of investigations. Oh, and No Compromises.

So nothing will be done the next two years on global warming. “[Obama] had a unique moment to turn the page and usher in a new era, but it didn’t happen,” Rove told the assembled drillers. Too true.

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.


  • Rove is nothing but a traitor. He should be tried and executed for crimes against Mankind. He is one of the more evil people alive, hopefully justice can rectify that issue.

  • What a great way to solve problems. Just declare them gone! Wow, isn’t that easy.

    Maybe someday we will look back at our inaction on climate change and call the decision to stick with the status quo a “Rovian Bargain” (as opposed to Faustian).

    Karl may not be around to see if his wager ends up meaning episodic starvation of poor people because of severe climatic events.

    • Well, when he says “The climate is gone”, he’s actually pretty accurate. The climate we knew is gone and it ain’t coming back. Welcome to the bold new experiment….

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