Yesterday, Daniel wrote a brief profile on GOP presidential contender John Huntsman. The ex-ambassador to China recently mentioned in a recent TIME interview that *gasp* he sees no reason to disagree with the vast consensus of scientists who say that human activity is causing the planet to warm. Upon the publication of those statements -- and even though he explicitly disavowed his onetime support (which he describes above) for actually doing anything to address climate change -- the right wing media immediately raked him over the coals for revealing his ideological impurity. Huntsman told TIME that climate change
... is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I'm not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we'd listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it's better left to the science community -- though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.What a valid and reasonable thing to say. And seeing as how no reasonable views of climate science may be tolerated in the current federal-level GOP apparatus, out Huntsman must go. TPM reports:
"[T]hat talking point is either a misquote of a recent scam too many fell for, or just made up and regardless silly," the American Spectator's Chris Horner wrote, referring to the conservative view that the number of scientists claiming climate change is real has been seriously conflated by the environmental movement, as has the results of their work.Yes, to be a viable candidate for the GOP nomination, you must not only publicly trash the notion of cap and trade as being a 'cap and tax' (or publicly apologize if you ever supported it), but you must actively deny the consensus view, supported by decades of meticulous work by the world's top scientists, that climate change is occurring at all. And indeed, the smart money is moving away from Huntsman, and towards someone willing to deny the science altogether.
Over at RedState, Daniel Horowitz wrote that Huntsman's views on climate change's human origins were just another piece of the Huntsman which conservatives have found less than palatable thanks to his moderate views on gay rights (he's for civil unions)...The interview Huntsman gave to Time "can only mean that he is seeking the VP nomination for a Mike Bloomberg ticket," Horowitz wrote.
If this trend continues, only candidates with an active membership to the Flat Earth Society will be deemed viable to win a Republican primary.
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