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July 29, 2011

Huntsman: Conservation is Conservative

Yesterday presidential candidate Jon Huntsman spoke to the enviroconservative group 'Republicans for Environmental Protection.' Huntsman was vague on specifics, but he sounded an awful lot like he was on the other side of this issue from most Republicans:


"Conservation is conservative."

"We will be judged by how well we were stewards of those (natural) resources," said Huntsman, a veteran of three Republican administrations who until this spring was President Barack Obama's ambassador to China.

"Conservation is conservative. I'm not ashamed to be a conservationist. I also believe that science should be driving our discussions on climate change," he added.

These aren't controversial remarks. If Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and said them, we probably wouldn't think much of it. If they said they want science to drive the "climate change" discussion we would all hear a clear subtext: "Real science, not the ever-collapsing and ever-rebutted "science" of alarmists whose models do not actually model reality."

But for a candidate who already has the far Left of the Republican field staked out, a demand to respect "the science" sound an awful lot like what we hear every day from global warming researchers facing investigations for scientific misconduct. It's not likely to help Huntsman pick up votes. Which leads one to wonder why he said it.

Thanks to rdbrewer.


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posted by Gabriel Malor at 07:43 AM

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