Politics & Law

Rick Santorum: Second-most anti-environmental candidate

Dan Farber

This is one of a series of posts describing presidential candidate’s views.  I didn’t cover Santorum earlier because his poll numbers were so low, but that has obviously changed.

Rick SantorumSantorum’s website does not have a page dedicated to energy or environment but does make a number of pledges:

Rick Santorum is committed to reviving our economy, restoring economic growth, and creating jobs in America again . . . . He also will roll back job killing regulations, restrain our spending by living within our means, and unleash our domestic manufacturing and energy potential.

Eliminate . . .  resources for job killing radical regulatory approaches at the EPA and refocus its mission on safe and clean water and air and commonsense conservation…

Eliminate all other Obama era regulations with economic impact over $100 million

Tap into America’s vast domestic energy resources to power our 21st century economy without picking winners and losers so all American families and businesses can have lower energy costs.

Approve the Keystone Pipeline and other job creating initiatives delayed and burdened excessively by government regulation.

Santorum made his views about climate change clear in  a discussion with Rush Limbaugh:

I believe the earth gets warmer, and I also believe the earth gets cooler, and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man through the production of CO2 which is a trace gas in the atmosphere and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all of the other factors, El Nino, La Nina, sunspots, you know, moisture in the air. . . .  It’s just an excuse for more government control of your life, and I’ve never been for any scheme or even accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative.

Despite all this, he’s still only the second-most anti-environmental candidate.  He does seem to recognize at least some role for EPA in protecting clean air and water, unlike Ron Paul who wants to delegate all environmental protection to state trial courts (!). Ron Paul may have come in behind Santorum in the Iowa primary, but he still is the winner in the contest for  “most anti-environmental candidate.”

Cross-posted from the environmental law and policy blog Legal Planet.

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Comments to "Rick Santorum: Second-most anti-environmental candidate":
    • DW Wood

      Forget the Taliban, Rick has a bigger fight on his hands for the USA…Satan

      Do you know what you get if you elect a self-righteous Bible Thumper to the White House who truly believes the devil is among us? World War III with nukes and all. A religious nut with his finger on the button will ensure he fulfills Genesis’ Apocalypse. Why would he do that you might ask? Simple, all hard core Christians believe that during the Apocalypse Jesus will return to earth and raise them up to heaven, sparing them all the evil taking place that leads to the end of man. In other words, they see the Apocalypse as a good thing.

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    • Don

      It dose not matter if you believe in Global warming or not to understand that strong regulations are needed to protect America from foreign ships delivering foreign-made goods dumping ballast water containing human pathogens, bacteria and virus. But as the mood of the country is anti green and this would affect economic globalization, it will never happen even though reports to Congress show these are mostly foreign flag ships and it would likely cause the cost of the goods imported on these ships to rise.

      Ballast water legislation is the Democrats flip flop on the environment shown with the use of states right by Senator Boxer to kill strong bi-partisan legislation h.r.2830 passed 395-7 in the House during the previous administration. Odd they complain about the republican use of state rights for emission controls citing a controversial subject of global warming while invoking state rights to curtail meaningful legislation concerning the scientifically known facts of virus such as cholera being moved by ballast water.

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    • Tom Ogren

      If, God forbid! either Ron Paul or Rick Sanatorum ended up as President…we’d soon end up like China. A very scary thought.
      I caught just part of a talk on NPR yesterday called, I think, Where Our Crap Comes From, by a reporter who went to China and visited the huge factories where they make I-Pads and cell phones and such….The way labor is treated when there are no environmental protections, no unions, no anything except “job creating big business.” Terrible.

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    • Anthony St. John '63

      Tom, Berkeley professors can make a difference if many, many more of them choose to interact with voters like their premier Prof. Robert Reich.

      It’s up to the preeminent scholars at Berkeley to make the right things happen because Berkeley will be the greatest university in the world if they choose to lead so as to prevent the failures of our politicians from continuing to destroy our civilization.

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    • Anthony St. John '63

      Thank you Professor Farber, we most desperately need for many more Berkeley scientists and scholars like yourself to speak out on what climate change is all about.

      Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine Editor in Chief wrote in an “EDGE” annual “Above all, science needs a face, a representative (or representatives) as charismatic as Pope John Paul II or, say, the late Carl Sagan. Right now, the faces of science are selected by book sales, television specials, and pure self-promotion; its elected leaders, the heads of societies, rarely function as public figures Surely there is a better way, and the future will be better for it.”

      Robert Reich does an excellent job with discussing politics on the Berkeley Blog, the Internet, in printed media and on informative MSNBC type TV shows.

      We need a lot more preeminent Berkeley professors and scholars providing that kind of education and leadership to the public on the facts of life we must know before we vote. Otherwise we’ll just continue on the Decline and Fall path to extinction because politicians around the world are making things worse much faster than we can prevent disasters. Too many windows of opportunity are closing.

      Let’s make Berkeley the preeminent university that everyone knows about around the world when it comes to leadership in protecting the long-term future of the human race.

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