From: Issue 1
Republican Climate: Who says elephants can't be green?
Despite the anti-carbon tax/cap-and-trade mood of the Republican Party, the top four candidates for the 2012 Party nomination all endorsed carbon pricing at one point.
“The same policies that protect the climate also promote energy efficiency, smart business practices, and improve the environment in which our citizens live and work”
- Introducing the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan, Spring 2004.
“This is a great thing for the Commonwealth. We can effectively create incentives to help stimulate a sector of the economy and at the same time not kill jobs. I’m convinced it is good business.” - Addressing a clean energy conference August 11th, 2005.
“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe humans have contributed to that. It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
- At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, June 3rd, 2011.
“I support a reasonable cap-and-trade system. I think it’d be good for the federal government to take that up rather than have states take it up as clusters of regions.”
- During a stop in DC, while VP talk was swirling around him, February 2008.
“It looks like we should have listened to President Carter. He called us to action, and we should have listened ... Climate change is real. Human behavior is partly and may be a lot responsible. Those who don’t think so are simply not right. We should not spend time on voices that say it’s not real.”
- Addressing the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group, April 2008.
“The evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere, and we should do it urgently.”
- While debating John Kerry on climate change at the Capital, April 10th 2007.
“I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.”
- During an interview with PBS Frontline, February 15th, 2007.
“We must put a value on carbon. Until we put a value on carbon, we’re never going to be able to get serious about dealing with climate change long-term. Now putting a value on carbon either suggests that you get a carbon tax, or you go with a cap and trade system.”
- In a debate for Re-election as Governor of Utah, October 2008.
“Ninety per cent 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 and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.”
- During an interview with Time Magazine, May 16th, 2011.
NOT ALL DONKEYS ARE GREEN