Timon Singh

Romney Vs. Santorum: Whoever Wins the Republican Race, The Environment Loses

by , 01/04/12

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum has already voiced his questionable policies about gay rights and bombing Iran, but his views on the environment are equally as backwards.

Global warming

In June 2011, he told that bastion of biased reporting Glenn Beck that “there is no such thing as global warming.” He later told Rush Limbaugh that the idea of mankind affecting the climate was “an excuse for more government control of your life.” He added that he’s “never been for any scheme or even accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative.”

Fossil fuels

As you’d expect, he is a big supporter of fossil fuels, even going so far as to announce his candidacy near the coalfields where his grandfather worked. As a senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum has always supported ‘Big Coal’ and in 2003 supported a senate rule that allowed dirty, old coal-fired power plants, refineries, and industrial facilities to modernize without adding new pollution controls. He has argued that such measures are good for the economy, but one wonders what his reasoning is for not supporting mercury emission reductions.

As for oil – he, like Romney, is up for drilling anywhere America can, and he also supports the Keystone XL pipeline. He added anyone that opposed the project was just “pandering to radical environmentalists who don’t want energy production, who don’t want us to burn more carbon.” He added that global warming was “an ideology” that was being pushed on the American public.”

So there we go. Those are currently the Republican choices for president – even if you agree with them on their political, religious and social beliefs, you have to wonder if they’re really what is best for the environment.

Images: IowaPolitics.com

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5 Comments

  1. lukep January 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Then as a reporter you should have given the three frontrunners pretty even coverage. It will make you look short-sighted if Dr. Paul wins, and afterall, Paul did get the most delegates in Iowa. (That’s a win in my book!)

    Something else you could have reported on is the fact that Paul wants to “Make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies.” (From his site.)

  2. Timon Singh Timon Singh January 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hey, I’m the author of the article and I DID actually consider including Ron Paul, but like Romney he has changed his stance over global warming over the past several years… and I didn’t really want to repeat myself.

    For example, in 2007 he said: “I think some of it [global warming] is related to human activities, but I don’t think there’s a conclusion yet” and then in 2009 said: “The greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming.”

    Still. He does like bike riding. So that’s something…

  3. revit4greenfuture January 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What about Ron Paul? With his substantial tax reduction plans, we as individuals will actually have money and the choice to fund the best organizations that can actually help our planet. That’s something the Obama Administration (and the US Government in general) has proved to never be very good at.

    Organizations that run on Free Market principles (such as US Green Building Counsel, green blogs, colleges that fund innovative environmental research) have also proven to be the most powerful route for changing the minds of our culture. Ron Paul supports this system and he most certainly has my vote for 2012!

  4. kaze13 January 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Inhabitat, you dissapoint me, i enjoy your website quite often and yet the only candidates you talk about for the presidental race are Santorum and Romney even though Ron Paul finished barely 3% bellow either. Please dont support more war and blood shed, Vote Ron Paul 2012

  5. youareme7 January 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Um, I think you’re forgetting another front runner here, Ron Paul. Why is it media fails to see the light of day. Have a read at a website that gave a fair treatment to Paul:
    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/blogs/ron-pauls-environmental-record

    He’s not perfect but he’s better than any other candidate out there, Obama included.

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