Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.)Photo: Republican ConferenceMitch Daniels   [UPDATED: NOT RUNNING]
Governor of Indiana

[UPDATE: Daniels announced on May 21, 2011 that he will not be running for president.]

Daniels hasn’t out and out denied climate science, but he’s made no bones about his skepticism, nor about his opposition to cap-and-trade.

On climate science: In May 2009, Daniels suggested that cutting carbon dioxide emissions might not be the worst idea in the world. “[Indiana has] embarked on an aggressive energy-conservation program, indubitably the most cost-effective means of limiting CO2,” he wrote.

But just a couple of weeks later during a commencement address, he slammed what he called the “climate change theocracy,” claiming that discussion of climate science has been dominated by “the University of Hollywood and the P.C. Institute of Technology” and quoting at length from climate skeptic and sci-fi author Michael Crichton. 

And in April 2010, apparently in response to “Climategate,” he said, “There’s been nothing but dubious news about the science on this for about a year.”

On climate policy: In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in May 2009, he bashed the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill in the House, saying it “looks like imperialism” and would “double electricity bills in Indiana” and send jobs to China. “This bill would impose enormous taxes and restrictions on free commerce by wealthy but faltering powers — California, Massachusetts and New York — seeking to exploit pol
itically weaker colonies in order to prop up their own decaying economies,” he wrote.

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