Huntsman on climate science

Finally, a GOPer with a rational view on climate change and the science behind it. From an interview with TIME:

This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. 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 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.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons Huntsman won praises from Jimmy Carter. On CNN, Carter said that Huntsman is “very attractive to me personally.” It’s weird seeing the President considered the most liberal of the past century professing stirrings for a center-right politician.

But I suppose it’s a sign of the times. It’s and indicator of how extreme the GOP has become when a candidate decides to have a debate about policy rather than science. Frankly, we’re all pleasantly surprised.

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