Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Back then, before Huntsman officially announced his candidacy, Joe pulled out a quote the former Utah governor gave Time Magazine in which he said “90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring.” Well, yes. That number should be 100 percent. As Joe wrote:
The statement that “90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring” is correct. Climate is always changing, sometimes quickly and dramatically, more usually slowly. But the next statement, comparing it to “90 percent of the oncological community [saying] something was causing cancer,” indicates the speaker is confused about the meaning of the first, or deliberately conflating two very different claims.
Indeed. But what does Time care about such a logical fallacy. What matters is that Huntsman was on board with the Al-Gore-peddled myth that man is destroying the earth by … well … existing, achieving, reproducing, etc. And the “stupid” man is still at it.
“I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.
He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: “I don’t think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.”
Yes. We’re seeing that unproven theory debated daily, weekly, and annually at Heartland’s climate conferences. The Associated Press, in a “news” story, ripped Perry for not believing what the leftist MSM takes as a religious conviction — man is warming the planet and we MUST REPENT!
Perry is right, and good on him for challenging the false religion of global warming/climate change/climate disruption … whatever you want to call it. And here’s where we get to the politics of it.
Jon Huntsman’s campaign is even more “media loving” than McCain’s was. But at least McCain had some sort of appeal to ordinary Republicans. Huntsman’s campaign seems downright antagonistic toward conservative/libertarian/Republican voters. He went hard at Perry from the left on this global warming myth by sending his spokesman to give this to Politico:
The campaign of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. seized on Perry’s comments to portray the Texas governor as outside the mainstream with his climate change views. Huntsman himself does believe in the science behind global warming.
“We’re not going to win a national election if we become the anti-science party,” John Weaver, Huntsman’s chief strategist, said in an interview Wednesday. “The American people are looking for someone who lives in reality and is a truth teller because that’s the only way that the significant problems this country faces can be solved. It appears that the only science that Mitt Romney believes in is the science of polling, and that science clearly was not a mandatory course for Governor Perry.”
Stupid is as stupid does. Huntsman understands he’s going for the Republican nomination for president, right? Does he really think that appealing to the global-warming-believing press is a path to victory — starting in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina? Where do those votes come from? And, for the record, the “science” party is one that doesn’t put is faith in always-flawed computer models, but in scientists who actually observe and record what is happening in the earth’s climate. And those alarmist models and the truth never seem to meet.
Said Joe Bast back on May 20 of Jon Huntsman’s personal climate-related CO2 emissions:
It’s also the sort of thing you might hear in an elementary or high school classroom, where teachers either simply repeat what they hear on television or consciously advance the agenda of the political party they feel most loyal to. But from a Republican who ought to know better? Not so common.
Unfortunately, that kind of nonsense is more common that we’d like to see.