Democratic Donors Withhold Contributions Over Absence of Climate Change from Obama Campaign Message
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But really, now we’re trying to rally to say—you know, let’s take this whole thing with the Israel platform thing. You know, in a few weeks, I think it’s going to be forgotten about. But right now, we have five years to turn this thing around on climate, according to the top energy agency in the world. And they’re not talking about it. And when President Obama does not talk about it, the super PACs, the Big Oil, Koch brothers come in, and they are spending, as you know, billions of dollars to shape the message, to say that any action on climate change is a job-killing strategy—to tell lies. So, it’s—you know, the donors, actually, we’ve commissioned a polling, and we’ve commissioned a playbook on how to talk about this. And what we found, this is a winner for him. The president can stand up there and say, you know, what’s good for Big Oil is not good for regular Americans.
AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Mitt Romney’s comments at the convention?
BETSY TAYLOR: The president needs to take a pause in his speech and just say it is unacceptable for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to mock our efforts to address climate change, when just at the same time we’re having the most extreme hurricane hitting the coast. There are parishes right now still under three feet of water that aren’t going to have power for four to six weeks. And the Republicans are standing up. It’s like red meat. People are laughing. They don’t care. And Obama needs to call that out.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you think his ties to various companies and just the amount of money both the Republicans and Democrats are trying to raise right now is stopping him from really speaking honestly about climate change?
BETSY TAYLOR: You know, it’s a good question. Why isn’t he talking about it? I think the biggest reason—and this is something that’s plagued this administration—is fear. And I think the fear is really less about some of his, you know, traditional energy supporters and more about the framing on Solyndra. The super PACs, the Koch brothers, they have funded a nonstop messaging machine saying that there was corruption with the clean energy investments and tax credits. I mean, Obama gave 60—you know, he—when we had our economy falling to shreds, he moved $60 billion into clean energy tax credits and programs. This was not insignificant. They attacked hard. It was lies. There have been uncounted hearings on the Hill. There’s no smoking gun. There was no corruption with Solyndra, but it’s been framed that way. So I actually think Obama needs to stand up on that again and not be afraid. He can win on this.
AMY GOODMAN: Betsy Taylor, I want to thank you very much for being with us, political consultant and president of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions. This is Democracy Now! When we come back from break, a discussion about President Obama, about former President Bill Clinton and his major address last night in support of President Obama, and more. Stay with us.