Straight Talk on Global Warming from…Bill Clinton?

Drudge today links to Jake Tapper’s “Political Punch” column at ABC News, where he reports on a speech given by Bill Clinton yesterday in Denver. In it, Bill refers to the question of global warming and economic growth in surprising new terms. Instead of talking about the hundreds of thousands of high-paying green collar jobs we’ll supposedly be generating by shunning the cheapest and most reliable energy sources on the planet, he issued a surprising recommendation.

In a long, and interesting speech, [Bill Clinton] characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

At a time that the nation is worried about a recession is that really the characterization his wife would want him making? “Slow down our economy”?

We’ve come a long way from Democratic politicians who merely promised to raise taxes (which would have the effect of slowing growth) now to campaigners who are willing to cut out the middle man and go straight to sabotaging the economy outright. That’s what we in politics call progress. You can watch the whole thing here.