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Santorum: Why Have We Decided That Carbon Dioxide Is ‘That Tip Of The Tail That Wags The Entire Dog?’

By Rebecca Leber on January 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

"Santorum: Why Have We Decided That Carbon Dioxide Is ‘That Tip Of The Tail That Wags The Entire Dog?’"

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Rick Santorum has spent his career advocating for the coal industry, a record he admitted he is proud of at a New Hampshire debate this weekend: “I contacted a local coal company from my area who — and I asked — I said, look, I want to join you in that fight. I want to work together with you,” he said. “I want to help you in any way I can to make sure we defeat cap-and-trade. And so I engaged in that battle. And I’m very proud to have engaged in that battle.”

It’s just one of many anti-environment statements Santorum has made during his few weeks in the election limelight. Santorum, who calls climate change “junk science,” defended those views at a Jan. 4 New Hampshire town hall meeting.

At the town hall, Santorum argued there is no credibility to the 97 percent of scientists who say man-made climate change is real, because there may be complicated factors impacting the environment. Based on that logic, Santorum calls climate science a left conspiracy making “this one particular factor, carbon dioxide, is in fact that tip of the tail that wags the entire dog.”

He also argues that even if he agreed — completely hypothetically — there have been no proposed solutions doing “anything to solve the problem.” Higher fuel economy standards, a cross-state air pollution control, and a global agreement on eventually cutting emissions clearly do not register under Santorum’s “solutions” category.

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