NRDC Digs Into Newt’s Cement Story

When I live-blogged Newt Gingrich’s testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Commmittee last week, I left out a yarn Newt spun about a cement factory. The story was allegedly supposed to illustrate the deny & delay crowd’s “America can’t act before China & India do” talking point.

I didn’t mention Gingrich’s story in my live-blog. Why? It smelled fishy. Far away places, generic descriptions, no names.

Pete Altman of the Natural Resources Defense Council tried to confirm Newt’s story. Pete’s conclusion? Probably a tall tale:

For a case that is supposed to be “fairly famous,” it’s awfully hard to find any information on it. To be more precise, we can’t find any evidence that it actually happened.

Makes you wonder about the rest of the stories that Newt tells, doesn’t it?

Published: April 30, 2009