GOP Hopeful John Kasich Flip Flops On Climate Change, Jumps Into Denialist Camp

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Ohio Governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich told Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, that the theory of man-made climate change was unproven.  When Chuck Todd asked Kasich if he believed climate change was human caused and if we should take action to address it, Kasich responded:

We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs based on some theory that’s not proven.

In that fateful remark, the Ohio Governor signaled his intent to walk the GOP party line on climate change denial. By dismissing climate change as unproven, and by espousing the false dichotomy that we must choose between preserving jobs and saving the planet, Kasich proved his willingness to abandon moderate politics in order to appeal to right-wing voters.

In the past, Kasich has argued that man-made climate change is real. However, now that he is trying to leapfrog other Republicans to enter the top-tier in the presidential race, he is willing to change his position. He is attempting to placate the science deniers who make up a substantial portion of the GOP primary electorate.

The Kasich campaign followed up his Sunday Meet the Press remarks by trying to explain that the Ohio Governor is not a climate change denier. A campaign spokesperson stated:

The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to so something about it. The debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man has an impact, and we know we need to do something.

Although that statement was intended to reassure moderate voters that Kasich didn’t mean what he said during the interview, it appears the campaign is trying to have it both ways. They want conservative voters to believe that Kasich rejects the theory of human caused climate change, while simultaneously hoping they can convince moderate voters that Kasich is still one of them.

However, in Kasich’s efforts to pander to the far right, while trying to maintain his grip on the center, the Ohio Governor will almost certainly lose support from both groups. Very few voters are impressed by a candidate whose main motivation appears to be to get elected. They are unlikely to trust a politician who tries to deceive voters by changing his position repeatedly over the course of a campaign, depending upon when and where he is speaking. Kasich’s flip flop on climate change is probably just the beginning of a whole series of flip flops the GOP candidate will commit, in his fruitless efforts to appear to be all things to all people.

26 Replies to “GOP Hopeful John Kasich Flip Flops On Climate Change, Jumps Into Denialist Camp”

  1. Newsflash- the Koch Brothers have found Kasich’s price.

    Unproven eh?

    So what does humanity do once it’s been proven beyond a reasonable doubt?

    Suffer.

  2. Well, so much for someone within the GOP to be somewhat reasonable.

    With that, it’s going to be safe to say that no one with in that giant pile of horse crap is getting near the White House in 2016… or 2020.. or 2024… hell, they won’t be getting in for a long time!

  3. There it is!
    Being an Ohioan, I have been warning people that Kasich is really a crazy wingnut no matter how he portrayed himself in the debate. He is wholly owned by the Kochs and is destroying the state of Ohio—piece by piece.

    Ignore this man at your own risk. That homey smiling crap is just that—–crap.

  4. Thank you, Dragonfly! I grew up in Ohio and still have relatives there, so we visit from the rapidly deteriorating Michigan a few times a year. I am appalled at the prices on the Turnpike since Kasich sold it off, and the sorry state of the road itself. We used to know exactly when we hit Ohio, because the roads were immediately better than Michigan’s. No longer. This man is a real piece of crap, and I am tired of the koch and ALEC deciding everything for us, aided by their little paid for creeps in the Congress and the Governor’s mansions. Time to throw them all out.

  5. I’ve been saying that Kasich is just another Republican – he just has a better turn of phrase, that’s all.

  6. He really is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Read about his policies in Ohio…he is not the sane one. None of them are.

  7. HE SAYS ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED & THEN IGNORES VOTERS.
    JOHN KASICH AS PRESIDENT IS A BAD IDEA…JUST LOOK AT OHIO!
    YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON THIS…QUOTE ME…OR PROVE ME WRONG!
    IF YOU WANT JOHN KASICH OUT OF POLITICS: THEN I HAVE YOUR SOLUTION.
    AS GOVERNOR, JOHN KASICH ACTS AS IF HE STILL WORKS FOR LEHMAN BROTHERS. ITS CERTAINLY NOT FOR CITIZENS OF OHIO LIKE MY FAMILY OR YOURS! WHAT I EXPOSE HERE IS AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR DEMOCRATS, THE ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES. https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=47607995

    I am qualified to make these statements & have ample evidence! Just take a look at the first 36 lines of my LinkedIn Profile. As a Licensed Real Estate Broker & Victim of RICO Crimes in Ohio Courts who has contacted Governor Kasich’s & the Attorney General’s offices many times, I can prove Judicial Corruption is absolutely condoned by Ohio. My case is a prime example of how Ohio Has Deprived Tens of Thousands of Citizens of…

  8. Kasich IS the dark side. Go to plunderbund.com and check out Kasich’s record as Ohio Governor. He gets by with a lot because the legislature is republican dominated.

  9. All Republicans are A$$HOLES !
    Don’t you know that ?

    ALL Republicans ARE A$$HOLES !

    They’re idiots and morons, racists and bigots.

    I hate them , because they are hateful.

    Try to kill me, do it, DO IT !

    No? You a$$hole Republicans are COWARDS !

  10. @Kranky, trust me, I’ve called republicans, EVERYTHING but, a child of God but I’m going to be Mature in this post, republicans are typically caucasian, now wait, I’m not saying being caucasian is a negative BUT being caucasian in AMERICA, has unfortunately blinded “SOME” caucasians in this sense of FALSE entitlement! you know, WHITE PRIVILEGE! when you listen or debate a caucasian republican, 90% of everything they say is with a ATTITUDE! they’re smug, arrogant, self righteous! they’ve had privilege so long, generation after generation, that they truly feel, the ONLY real opinion that matters, that’s valid, is theirs. Which feeds into a position of superiority! which leads into being a RACIST and or a bigot, especially in caucasian males! Think about it, misogyny in white male culture has been almost as EVIL as racism, Black men got the VOTE before caucasian women did, a black man was president before a caucasian woman. The problem is WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE. just my opinion.

  11. He is joining the ‘I am not a scientist’
    cabal. However when it comes to nuclear science, I am sure he will know it all like the rest of them.

    Amusing bit on another site – Republicans outraged that Obama played golf over the weekend, they will make statement as soon as they return from their month vacation.

  12. Ohio is truly purple. We have a D Senator and an R Senator. But you would never know Ohio is purple by looking at the Ohio delegation in the US House of Representatives. Would you believe Ohio has 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats? WHY? Gerrymandering. Guess who drew the redistricting map? Yep, Republicans.
    Take a look at Ohio-9, aka the mistake by the lake. There are a lot of people that live between Toledo and Cleveland. But the primary objective in redistricting was to get rid of Dennis Kucinich from Cleveland. The only one who could beat him was Marcy Kaptur from Toledo. Ergo, put Kucinich and Kaptur in the same district. Worked out beautifully. Good bye Dennis.
    [WINK]

  13. Must suck to have to play to the ignorant just to get a chance to lead the nation. This guy may seem sane at times but he will disappoint in a heartbeat.

  14. “The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to so something about it. The debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man has an impact, and we know we need to do something.”

    “We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs based on some theory that’s not proven.”

    OK, which is it, you cowardly, pandering liar?

  15. Greedy opposition Party made up of Pseudo-Conservatives, who want me to NEVER get health Insurance, & I have not seen a doctor in 30 years already, & I need some tests done.

    Gotta sign up for the ACA, however I’m currently taking care of my aging mother, & she does not pay much. I’m hanging on by my fingernails.

    Think the rabid right wingers care? Nope!
    Bernie Sanders, with Lewis Black as VEEP.

  16. Kasich did not sell out or flip-flop. This has been his position all along. Realize he put Ohio’s environmental energy program on hold; reversing overnight green energy progress in Ohio.

  17. …get a small {40 pound} anvil…walk up to Kasich and say “Want me to prove the laws of GRAVITY???”
    …then point out there are many scientific principals that can be proven on him, all of ’em painful…
    …then drop the anvil on his foot, and walk away…

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