John Thune (R-S.D.)John Thune   [UPDATED: NOT RUNNING]
Senator from South Dakota

[UPDATE: Thune announced on Feb. 22, 2011 that he will not be running for president.]

Thune questions climate science and bashes cap-and-trade.

On climate science: When asked his views on the science, Thune said, “I guess the answer to the question is I’m not sure. I think there’s a real mix of data on that.”

On climate policy: Thune opposed cap-and-trade proposals in the Senate, claiming they would harm the agriculture sector and “destroy jobs, raise energy prices, disadvantage whole regions of the country such as the Midwest, do very little for the reducing greenhouse gases globally …, and greatly expand the regulatory reach of the federal bureaucracy.”

He also sent a letter to EPA chief Lisa Jackson objecting to EPA’s plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.