Beto O'Rourke, friend of the fossil fuel industry, is no climate hero | Kate Aronoff

The Guardian - Mar 15, 12:00 GMT

O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone

O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, that’s an invitation he’s extended to the fossil fuel industry

“We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of this Earth,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ended a video announcing his presidential bid. “At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let’s show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country just who we are and what we can do.”

That sounds pretty green and maybe even refreshing after two years of Trump. But O’Rourke’s candidacy is kind of like the iceberg lettuce of politics. You can load it up with whatever you want, but underneath all the dressing and crunchy topping seems to be a whole lot of nothing. As political scientist Lee Drutman put it, “He knows how to be an empty vessel for hopes and dreams.”

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