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Santorum: “We’re Here as Stewards of the Earth… But Not to Serve It.”

Posted to MichiganNow.org on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

INTRO: Rick Santorum campaigned in Lansing yesterday. He laid out a vision of America’s role in the world. He says America must maintain its defense budget so it can fight wars to protect allies and cheap energy.  He repeated his disbelief in global warming. And he supports the policies voiced by Sarah Palin: “drill baby drill.”  Santorum covers a wide range of issues while a wide range of reporters covers him. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus is one of them.

Rick Santorum came to a hotel off interstate 496. Eaton County Sheriffs guarded the roads, the doors and the podium. Several of the 250 people held babies in their arms. Santorum spoke without a teleprompter or notes. He addressed a broad range of issues, from his refusal to rescue GM and Chrysler to his call to help Israel attack Iran.

“This is a role that America must play. And you know what I do believe there is a difference between good and evil in the world.”

Santorum wants the Keystone Pipeline to be built and 20,000 potential jobs added. President Obama has put the pipeline on hold. It would extract oil from tar sands in Alberta Canada.

“We have coal. We have gas. We have oil. We have other types of fuels that can be used here in America. This president is systematically trying to shut down all of it.”

Tar sands mining is like strip mining for coal. It destroys the land. The oil doesn’t just pour out like a liquid. It needs extra energy to be squeezed out.  Then, when the fossil fuels are burned, the pollution is added to the atmosphere. The former Pennsylvania Senator has been calling climate science political science. He describes himself as a man….

“On the issue of the environment and energy, who didn’t buy into cap and trade and man made global warming. When I was in the senate I didn’t go out and try to put caps, CO2 caps on power plants in my state as another candidate in this race did in Massachusetts.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists says:

The ice is getting thinner on the inland and Great Lakes. This been recorded over the past 120 years and is expected to continue. Michigan will have Ohio’s weather 20 years from now. By the end of the century, winters could be 10 degrees warmer and summers 13 degrees warmer. Extreme heat will lead to more drought and destruction of crop land. Heavy rainstorms will be 50% bigger. Homes, roads and businesses will be destroyed by flooding. Rick Santorum says:

“I believe that we are put on this earth to be good stewards of this earth. We are not here to serve the earth but to be stewards of the earth for the purpose of ….

Journalists from around the world stood waiting to interview the candidate. Robert Stacy McCain grew up in Georgia and worked at the Washington Times. The Reverend Sun Yung Moon owns it. McCain’s website says it gets 1 million visits a year. One of his friends and co-authors wrote the book about Sarah Palin called ‘Going Rogue.’ McCain asked me what I cover for public radio. I said land use. Land use involves zoning to prevent farmland from being turned into shopping malls. Local governments use zoning so a gun store can’t open up next to a school or a strip club next to a playground.  McCain said he’s supporting Santorum and that:

“Zoning is fascism.”

McCain’s article on yesterday’s event appears on the American Spectator website. Sadoko Shimbori and her cameraman work for Japanese television.  Their country was the site of the Kyoto Protocol in 1996. Japan and 100 other countries wanted the U.S. to agree to cut carbon emissions. The U.S. Senate failed to ratify Kyoto. Shimbori says:

“Japan is such a small country. We are so environmentally conscious.  We should save the energy. We should save the resources of the earth. So we Japanese people are very conscious of that. So we don’t spend a lot fuels and we these eco cars and an eco system for the entire house.”

According to the World Watch Institute, Americans consume 5 times more energy than Europeans and Japanese and 10 times more energy than the Chinese.

Journalist Sadoko Shimbori says people back in Japan are following the U.S. election process. They want to know how American policy will affect them.

“People are caring about the environment. So the anti-environment type thing? I don’t think it’s going to be welcomed by the people.”

That may be the case in Japan. But here in Lansing at the Lexington Hotel the day before the election, Santorum’s message received applause.

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Cameraman Yusuk Inoue and reporter Sadoko Shimbori work for Japanese television. She's been covering U.S. elections since 2000.

Cameraman Yusuk Inoue and reporter Sadoko Shimbori work for Japanese television. She's been covering U.S. elections since 2000.

author, reporter, writer, blogger Robert Stacy McCain. He's worked for the Washington Times and The American Spectator. He said while reporting on Santorum that the supports the candidate. See his reporting recently on Michigan at  http://theothermccain.com/

author, reporter, writer, blogger Robert Stacy McCain. He's worked for the Washington Times and The American Spectator. He said while reporting on Santorum that the supports the candidate. See his reporting recently on Michigan at http://theothermccain.com/

Santorum is 53. He served Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for 12 years.

Santorum is 53. He served Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for 12 years.

Santorum greeted enthusiastic supporters after his speech in the ballroom.

Santorum greeted enthusiastic supporters after his speech in the ballroom.

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