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White House contender Huntsman: Listen to climate scientists
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Posted on 05/17/2011 7:21:19 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

White House contender Huntsman: Listen to climate scientists By Ben Geman - 05/17/11 05:59 AM ET

GOP White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is sticking by his view that climate change is under way, even while reversing his past embrace of cap-and-trade.

Time magazine has posted excerpts from interviews with the former Utah governor — who recently left his job as President Obama’s ambassador to China — conducted for a recent profile.

Asked about his views on climate change, Huntsman replied:

This 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.

The consensus view among climate scientists is that Earth is warming and human-generated emissions — from burning coal and oil and other activities — are a major cause.

Huntsman embraced cap-and-trade when he was governor of Utah, signing on in 2007 to a program among Western states and Canadian provinces called the Western Climate Initiative aimed at cutting regional greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020.

The initiative’s policies include a regional cap-and-trade system that is supposed to launch in 2012. But its reach is shrinking.

Arizona has abandoned participation in the cap-and-trade plan, and it’s under fire in other states with GOP governors, including New Mexico, where a business task force created by Gov. Susana Martinez (R) recommended last month that the state also downgrade its role to “observer” status.

Huntsman, for his part, is declaring the program a failure before its formal launch.

“Cap-and-trade ideas aren’t working; it hasn’t worked, and our economy’s in a different place than five years ago. Much of this discussion happened before the bottom fell out of the economy, and until it comes back, this isn’t the moment,” he said, according to Time.

Another GOP White House hopeful — former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — has reversed his decision to embrace cap-and-trade when he was in office.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; rino
Just what we need - another RINO......
1 posted on 05/17/2011 7:21:20 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Huntsman ... We HAVE listed, both to what they said to us; as well as what they said to each other. The intersting part is what they say to each other in private; totally undermines what they have been saying in public.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 7:23:34 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Sub-Driver

“And another one’s gone, another one bites the dust...yeah”


3 posted on 05/17/2011 7:27:22 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Sub-Driver
“Cap-and-trade ideas aren’t working; it hasn’t worked, and our economy’s in a different place than five years ago. Much of this discussion happened before the bottom fell out of the economy, and until it comes back, this isn’t the moment,” he said, according to Time.

So does this mean Huntsman thinks we should just wait for the economy to recover before bringing out the snake oil prescriptions offered by the trendy greenhouse gas crowd again?

Who does he consider "climate scientists"? The self-appointed crowd with a political agenda who are to science what Al Qaida is to Freedom of Religion?

Inquiring minds want to know.

4 posted on 05/17/2011 7:28:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Huntsman is one of 3 “niche chasers.” Huckabee is gone. Newt imploded, so now Huntsman is trying to grab the niche of “reasonable moderate Republicans” and hoping the conservatives will split the vote and he’ll pull a McCain.

Detestable.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 7:29:47 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gosh, the dead elephant just keeps getting stinkier every day.

I wonder when conservatives will notice...

6 posted on 05/17/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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“White House contender Huntsman: Listen to climate scientists”

Apparantly RINO’s travel in groups. How is this man a “contender” in anyone’s eyes but his own and the MSM’s? Is there a Mormon politician that is NOT a socialist/leftist/RINO? BECAUSE of idiots like Romney and Huntsman and whose that dick in the senate...? I am questioning Mike Lee’s conservatism, TEA party or no.


7 posted on 05/17/2011 7:32:06 AM PDT by Grunthor (RIDE THE CAIN TRAIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

No kidding. He’s a nonstarter and doesn’t even know it.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 7:32:59 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Sub-Driver
GOP White House hopeful John Huntsman is sticking by his view that climate change is under way

Climate change may well be under way, but it isn't global warming. Here in Orange County, California, my calendar reads May 17, yet we are having a winter storm.

9 posted on 05/17/2011 7:33:23 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Sub-Driver

Is Huntsman aware that the Earth’s climate has been changing for billions of years?


10 posted on 05/17/2011 7:34:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Sub-Driver

This may be the best we can do.....


11 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:10 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Vigilanteman

The EPA head couldn’t tell you what the CO2 content of the atmosphere is. She refused to even answer the question.

Then the followup would be “how much of that is due to human activity including burning of fossil fuels”.

Then follow that up with “and how much of the total greenhouse effect would that amount to?”

(the answer to this last question is 0.117%)


12 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

he doesn’t know .....

there are 30,000 climate scientists, 9, 000 of which with phd’s, that disbelieve.


13 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:34 AM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Sub-Driver
GOP White House hopeful Jon Huntsman...

Who?

... is sticking by his view that climate change is under way

Oh, another idiot RINO. Why didn't you say so? F.O. Huntsman.

14 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:36 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Sub-Driver
He's worse than a RINO---he's a full-blown Rat synchophant:

Jon Huntsman’s Love Letters (to Obama & the Clintons)


15 posted on 05/17/2011 7:36:51 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes, Mr. Huntsman, the climate is changing, as it always has and as it always will. At this point, there isn’t enough data to tell where it is going and if we can do anything about it. The chief idea I have heard is that man is heating up the earth and that cutting CO2 emissions will do something about this. If you look beyond the surface and the hysterical, exaggerated reports in the MSM, you will see that this is at best unproven and possibly fraudulent nonsense. The more likely future scenario is another ice age. Best to do more science, especially trying to get a better handle on what the climate is actually doing, instead of relying on computer projections based on far too many assumptions and poor base data.

What I don’t want to see is the implementation of some grand palliative scheme that actually triggers an ice age.


16 posted on 05/17/2011 7:37:12 AM PDT by tommythev (No Dick Dale in the R&R HOF? for shame!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who says he’s a contender? Besides democrats and Big Media?


17 posted on 05/17/2011 7:37:41 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Glenn Beck?


18 posted on 05/17/2011 7:47:31 AM PDT by iowamark
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Really? Beck supports this guy? That’s too bad.


19 posted on 05/17/2011 7:49:49 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s correct. Climate change is underway.
The political climate for RINOS is becoming more hostile by the hour.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 7:53:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DManA

Huntsman joins Newt and Romney as RINOs.


21 posted on 05/17/2011 7:54:27 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: Sub-Driver
that climate change is under way

Any reporter that writes something like this is a complete moron and scientifically illiterate. Climate change is happening, has always happened and will always happen. The question being argued is whether we are causing it (this time) and whether we can stop it (and whether we should stop it.)

22 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:40 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another freak to be driven out of politics!!


23 posted on 05/17/2011 8:09:27 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Sub-Driver

Which climate scientists? The one’s that are supported by lots of govt. money or the skeptical ones?


24 posted on 05/17/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: DManA
There once was a party so Grand
It had an Elephant for it’s brand
Now Rinos have bumped it
A Clown tried to Trump it
Where in the heck does it now stand?

Trying to lead it are some real Beauts
Like philandering ole egg head Newt
And a guy back from Chiner
Who isn’t a Warming Denier
And who thinks he’s just so darn cute

I don’t know ‘bout you but I’m flustered
And tired of being a mite Huckstered
Where’s our hero who’ll run
And not Palin comparison
To all these wanta bees who make me feel suckered

25 posted on 05/17/2011 8:30:41 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: DManA

“Who says he’s a contender? Besides democrats and Big Media?”

Sean Hannity and his friend Rove? and Ted Baxter too?


26 posted on 05/17/2011 9:05:18 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: EternalVigilance

Is Keyes considering another run for the presidency, EV?


27 posted on 05/17/2011 9:23:53 AM PDT by DangerZone
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To: DangerZone

I don’t know.


28 posted on 05/17/2011 9:38:15 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (GOP mantra: 'Repeal and replace.' Translation? 'We can do socialism better than the Democrats.')
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

29 posted on 05/17/2011 10:42:42 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: steelyourfaith

Seems to me there was a time when all physicians believed that you could cure disease by draining blood.


30 posted on 05/17/2011 11:10:27 AM PDT by TStro
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To: Grunthor

Apparantly RINO’s travel in groups. How is this man a “contender” in anyone’s eyes but his own and the MSM’s? Is there a Mormon politician that is NOT a socialist/leftist/RINO?

I don’t think so, but then again, very few people of any faith aren’t somehow fairly liberal.


31 posted on 05/17/2011 4:28:09 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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