Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Huntman's Belief in Science Was His Undoing

Utah governor Jon Huntsman's Presidential campaign came to an end when he said, ‘I respect science.’ This is political suicide for anyone seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

Huntsman told Time Magazine in May of 2011: “All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer, we’d listen to them. I respect science.”

Huntsman is the only Republican candidate who professed his belief in anthropogenic climate change and he even aspired to create policy solutions to address it.

“In order to get to the heart and soul of carbon emission, which is a problem, because it leads to polluted skies and air quality problems and climate change, we must put a value on carbon,” Huntsman said Until we put a value on carbon we’re never going to be able to get serious about dealing with climate change longer term,” Huntsman said. “Putting a value on carbon either suggests that you go to a carbon tax or you get a cap-and-trade system underway.”

The Republican Party has no time for science and it is deeply offended by the suggestion that humans have contributed to climate change.

Huntsman once tweeted: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

Huntsman was anything but crazy, he was by far the most reasonable candidate in a field full of ignorant Luddites. Sadly, Huntsman was forced to drop out of the race because Republicans involved in the primary process want no part of reason.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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