POLITICO chronicles the GOP’s shifting climate change rhetoric
POLITICO: GOP Candidates Knock Global Warming
This is another clear indication of Tea Party influence. The shift in GOP candidate rhetoric on AGW has happened in a single election cycle.
Fueled by anti-Obama rhetoric and news articles purportedly showing scientists manipulating their own data, Republicans running for the House, Senate and governor’s mansions have gotten bolder in stating their doubts over the well-established link between man-made greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
GOP climate skeptics have held powerful positions on Capitol Hill in recent years, including the chairmanship of the House Energy and Senate Environment panels. But they’ve typically been among the minority. Now, they could form a key voting bloc, adding insult to injury for climate advocates who failed to pass an energy bill this year