CONCORD - Last night, Republican senate candidate Kelly Ayotte engaged in her latest flip flop in New Hampshire's US Senate race, fully reversing the position she took on global warming a year earlier.
In August of 2009, the Concord Monitor reported that "Ayotte said that global warming is a 'real issue' and that scientific evidence has shown human activity could have contributed to higher temperatures." [Concord Monitor, 8/12/09]. But last night, at a debate hosted by the Seacoast Republican Women, Ayotte sided with her GOP primary competitors and said "no" in response to a question asking whether she believed man-made global warming was proven. [Seacoast Republican Women Debate, 8/18/10; Foster's Daily Democrat, 8/19/10].
"Unless Kelly Ayotte has gotten hold of some new scientific evidence that the rest of us have not been privy to, this is just the latest in a string of desperate attempts to gain political points in a competitive GOP primary," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "From stimulus funds to immigration to health care reform - the only thing faster than her political reinvention is her frantic sprint away from her tenure as Attorney General. Kelly Ayotte has proven there's not a position she won't abandon or a principle she won't leave behind in her efforts to get herself a job promotion."
Besides calling global warming a "real issue" a year ago, Ayotte undertook efforts as Attorney General to limit carbon emissions in order to combat climate change. In 2005 she penned a letter to the US Senate urging them to reject a Bush Administration environmental bill because it failed to limit carbon emissions - something Ayotte said would address global warming and create jobs. [NH Political Report, 8/5/10]
"If global warming isn't scientifically proven it sure was a waste of our tax dollars for Attorney General Ayotte to spend her time fighting to limit carbon emissions," said Browne.