Remarks highlight Pawlenty's climate shift

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2011 - 8:48 PM

In saying "natural causes" are behind climate change, the ex-Minnesota governor appears to have made a 180.

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grude420Aug. 4, 11 8:57 PM

I'm no fan of T-Paw.. trust me. But what's wrong with pushing for clean energy and still believing that the sun is the driver of climate change? For as long as humans have been alive, the sun has gone through cycles where it warms and then cycles where it cools. Obviously no one likes pollution and wants it gone from life, so what's the big deal? This story is worthless.

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btaleenAug. 4, 11 9:16 PM

That's why NO BODY has faith in political hacks like Pawlenty. Just say what your base wants to hear. I can't respect anybody like this. This goes for both Dems and Rep. Nuff said.

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hoytseAug. 4, 11 9:16 PM

Did Pawlenty hitch his wagon to Will Steeger's star (and irrefutable science) when T-Paw could gain from the association? And now, to attract climate deniers among primary voters, Tim looks the other way. Our former Gov. knows better. "Clunker" indeed.

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sciguy65Aug. 4, 11 9:17 PM

But, the sun is the most studied thing in space and it has been determined NOT to be the cause of the current warming. What's your next idea?

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jacket2011Aug. 4, 11 9:19 PM

T-Paw will say whatever he needs to in front of whoever he is speaking. He lacks conviction. Check out the disappearing northern ice sheets, I believe we are flirting with danger!

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herovillainAug. 4, 11 9:35 PM

If the Koch Brothers were to suddenly discover a way to make billions off of green technology and alternative fuels T-Paw would switch back to his original view and every Silly Con on this site would suddenly claim Climate Change to be true.

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garagewineAug. 4, 11 9:44 PM

What a scholar.

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teabeasAug. 4, 11 9:45 PM

This is not a change of position. Calling climate change a natural occurrence is far from denying that it's happening at all. Nor is it the same as saying that it isn't an important issue.

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hous0116Aug. 4, 1110:04 PM

Two questions for Timmy and to all those who doubt that humans and their machines have no impact on the global atmosphere: Do think that the chemicals generated by the world's 1 billion cars simply "vanish into thin air?" Do you believe that the chemicals don't behave like all other chemicals, and disappear 'without a trace"?

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jrobbie58Aug. 4, 1110:10 PM

Not news. This position is mandatory for anyone pursuing the Teapublican nomination. It is a Rush Limbaugh requirement.

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