Sen. Mark Kirk Blames His Anti-Science Evolution On Al Gore

February 02, 2011 1:28 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Sen. Mark Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) supported clean energy legislation as a member of the House in 2009 and then almost immediately began running away from his vote.

Kirk first promised that he would oppose the same bill in the Senate, explaining that he knowingly voted for legislation that was bad for Illinois and the country "because it was in the narrow interests of my district."

He changed his story just days before the midterm election, confessing that he actually voted "out of ignorance and lack of understanding of how a $14 trillion economy operates."

And now Kirk's excuse has devolved into parody:

Another Republican blasted from both sides of the spectrum for his record on emissions, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, said he is "not terribly concerned" about taking heat from green groups for his criticism of EPA action on carbon emissions.

"The consensus behind the climate change bill collapsed and then further deteriorated with the personal and political collapse of Vice President [Al] Gore," Kirk said in a brief interview last week.

To repeat, he no longer believes in a cause he used to support because of the former vice president's personal life. Kirk, by the way, campaigned as a moderate who would represent "the exact center" of the political spectrum.