Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has separated himself from his party by boldly acknowledging the existence of climate change.
The only problem? He’s unwilling to do anything to stop it.
Appearing on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Huntsman professed his faith in climate scientists, in stark contrast to his competitors for the GOP presidential nomination. However, when Ingraham then pressed him what he would do about it, Huntsman balked, saying that he “will not allow this country to…unilaterally disarm” unless China and India address climate change as well.
INGRAHAM: How are we going to make America strong if we walk into these problems with this idea of, “we’ve got to cap emissions, otherwise if we don’t do that, the climate’s going to change.” That’s just a jobs killer.
HUNTSMAN: You hit right on exactly the key point here, and that is, what are you going to do about it? I’m not one who’s going to disadvantage this economy or hobble job creators by doing something that clearly is an international problem. Unless you’ve got China and India and others who are willing to address their issue as well, you are unilaterally disarming, and I will not allow this country to do that.
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His declaration that the United States will not “unilaterally disarm” follows the rhetoric of one of the leading anti-climate forces in the Senate, James Inhofe (R-OK). In 2004, Inhofe warned that “the alarmists continue to claim we should unilaterally disarm America’s economy based on Mann’s unbelievable – literally unbelievable – results.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also used the same excuse earlier this year, saying that “it’s crazy for us to unilaterally disarm ourselves when we’re in competition with the rest of the world.”
As Obama’s former ambassador to China, Huntsman should be well aware that China is taking significant action to limit its carbon footprint.
Though Huntsman professes to accept climate science, his refusal to combat it makes his professed respect nothing more than hot air. Americans and people around the world need, in the words of Toby Keith, “a little less talk and a lot more action.”