We’ve checked out the leading (or at least famous) hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination and found that all of them vociferously oppose cap-and-trade systems — including a few who had to flip-flop to get there. (They’re not fans of cap without trade either, nor other policies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.) On climate science, there’s more variety, ranging from loud denial to quiet acquiescence. Get the dirt on the possible candidates here.
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Photo: Gage SkidmoreMichele Bachmann
U.S. rep from Minnesota
Increasingly seen as Palin-without-the-baggage, Bachmann loves to wind up Tea Partiers with anti–climate science, anti-cap-and-trade rants.
On climate science: Here’s Bachmann on global warming in 2008: “It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.” (We’re sensing some skepticism.) In 2009, she claimed there’s no need to worry about carbon dioxide because it’s a “natural byproduct of nature,” going on to say, “There isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”
On climate policy: “The tax cap-and-trade system for limiting emissions is just another tax on businesses,” she said in ‘08. In 2009, she amped up the rhetoric: “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.” She later clarified that she didn’t really mean guns; she just wants citizens “to be armed with knowledge, so they can be dangerous to the policies of the left.”
Bonus fruitloopery: According to Bachmann, Jesus already saved the planet, so the rest of us don’t need to; an Alaskan pipeline has become a meeting place and “coffee klatch” for caribou; and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is “the most perfect place on the planet to drill.”