Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 4:10 PM EST
from MUST LISTEN interview with Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh
....RUSH: And we're back, Rush Limbaugh here with Rick Santorum, Republican seeking the presidential nomination. Mitt Romney in his announcement earlier this week in New Hampshire said, yes, he believes there is global warming, and, yes, he thinks human beings are contributing to it. Do you?
SANTORUM: 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 manmade 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. There's a variety of factors that contribute to the earth warming and cooling, and to me this is an opportunity for the left to create -- it's a beautifully concocted scheme because they know that the earth is gonna cool and warm. It's been on a warming trend so they said, "Oh, let's take advantage of that and say that we need the government to come in and regulate your life some more because it's getting warmer," just like they did in the seventies when it was getting cool, they needed the government to come in and regulate your life because it's getting cooler. 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.
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Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 6:20 AM EST
Frontrunner Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are both unlikely to tackle global warming.
Rick Santorum, who surged at the last minute to give Mitt Romney a real run for his money in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, is less green than his rival, and decidedly nuttier when it comes to climate change. But let's not split hairs here. Both men will staunchly defend fossil fuels, and neither is likely to do much of anything to fight global warming.
Mitt Romney has expressed qualified concern about climate change over the years, and then vacillated about how much of it is human-caused and whether we should try to do anything about it.
No wobbling of that sort from Santorum -- he's an out-and-out denier. "There is no such thing as global warming," he told a smiling Glenn Beck on Fox News in June 2011. That same month, he told Rush Limbaugh that climate change is a liberal conspiracy: "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."
Santorum made a point of announcing his presidential candidacy this spring near the coalfields where his grandfather worked -- so that's your first clue as to how he feels about the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. During his 16 years as a member of Congress and then senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum was a big coal booster -- and he's continued to play that role even after his defeat in a 2006 Senate race.
Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 5:44 AM EST
It looks like Mitt Romney has won the Iowa Caucus, by just 8 votes. We knew it was over when the Telegraph’s Jon Swaine tweeted that Romney’s people were carrying crates of beer into the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Mitt himself won’t imbibe – he’s a good Mormon. But we can expect some well-earned hangovers among his jubilant staff.
Not that Romney should celebrate too soon. He won with only 25 percent of the vote in a heavily divided field. Seventy-five percent of Iowans rejected a man that many commentators consider to be the only electable Republican in the running. In contrast, the conservative movement has a new star: former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. Santorum’s second place was so close that I emailed a Telegraph editor at 7am to tell him he had won. Nine minutes later, Romney was the victor. On the basis of how messed up this election has been, I’ve decided to stop making predictions until at least two months after each vote has happened.
How did Santorum do it? Partly by bringing out a lot of religious conservatives, particularly evangelicals; Santorum made his pro-life credentials a big part of his pitch. But he also spoke about industrial decline and the need to create new jobs in the old manufacturing base. Put the themes of religion and economics together and you have the classic conservative populist alliance: God and jobs. It worked for Pat Buchanan in 1996 and Mike Huckabee in 2008. Think of it as a Tea Party for the born again. On top of this, Santorum got some good momentum out of what is happening in the Strait of Hormuz. Santorum has been bashing Iran all year, telling everyone that he’s the biggest neoconservative in town. His bluster contrasted well with libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s antiwar rhetoric.