Carly Fiorina, the failed former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now candidate for Senate in California, has been dancing furiously around the issue of climate change science in recent days.
On Wednesday, Fiorina accepted the endorsement of fellow Republican Sen. James "Global Warming Is A Hoax" Inhofe of Oklahoma. Inhofe, who plans to lead a "truth squad" of Senators who deny the validity of peer-reviewed global warming science to the Copenhagen Climate Conference this December, has also led this year's fight in the Senate to kill clean energy and climate legislation.
So after an initial round of press coverage focusing on Fiorina's endorsement by the science-denying Inhofe, Fiorina's press staff sought to publicly distance their candidate from Inhofe's abysmal global warming stance.
Yet in a sit-down interview with the Oakland Tribune the same day, Fiorina left reporters with the distinct impression that she found the science surrounding global warming "less than conclusive." And even in her own press statement distancing herself from Inhofe, Fiorina's spokeswoman echoed Big Oil's talking points in attacking current clean energy legislation, saying it would "kill jobs." The truth is a comprehensive approach to energy - including limits on carbon pollution - will create the necessary market stability to allow clean energy industries to invest in their businesses and create new jobs. In California, clean energy job growth has boomed at nearly 8 percent above the overall economy over the last decade, creating more than 125,000 clean energy jobs.
As Fiorina must be learning very quickly at this point, it's hard to have it both ways when it comes to climate policy.