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What the GOP thinks about climate change

(It's DaVinci, not Galileo. But related? Beards, breaking the mold, science.)

 

Want a sense of what the Republican Presidential candidate will say about climate change? So might Republicans after last night's debate. 

Not surprisingly, jobs and the economy took center stage last night at the GOP smackdown in Simi Valley. Environment issues and even energy policy may be destined to be tangential to the 2012 presidential race. But that didn't stop two candidates from talking about climate change, and their side-skirmish perfectly expressed a tension the party has about its relationship to climate science.

“The science is not settled on this.  The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense,” Perry said.  “Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell."

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