Hey, remember Tim Pawlenty? I think he's running for state auditor or something.
Pawlenty used to think climate change was a major priority, back when he was governor of Minnesota and supported cap-and-trade. But then Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman showed underbelly by admitting that they believe in science — a striking liability in this race — and Pawlenty took that opportunity to swoop in and firmly establish himself as the most anti-climate-science candidate besides Bachmann and Perry and all the other ones! Go get 'em, T-Paw.
Here's Pawlenty's attempt at ginning up some Bachmann-style crazy:
"So there is climate change, but the reality is the science of it indicates that most of it, if not all of it, is caused by natural causes," Pawlenty told FOX News. "And as to the potential human contribution to that, there's a great scientific dispute about that very issue."
Pawlenty added that "until recently, people were worried as much about global cooling," a reference to an exhaustively debunked myth that's floated around conservative circles for years.
Basically all of that is wrong, but thanks for playing!