Rick Santorum on Climate Change: Talk to the Plants!

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said yesterday that voters can trust his judgment on the environment ... and that climate change is baloney.

At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi, Santorum basically said that climate change is a liberal myth - in fact, plants are totally doing well!

"The dangers of carbon dioxide? Go tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is," he said. It's true. Plants eat that stuff up like it's their job!

Nice Rick Santorum Picture

"I didn't change as the climate changed," the ex-U.S. Senator added, seemingly likening Mitt Romney to ... the rising global temperatures he denies exist?

"I stood tall. Now the climate has changed and everyone's for drilling now. But please understand that when times were tough, they were not and I was."

In case it wasn't clear, Santorum said he stands alone in the GOP field as the opposite of President Obama on energy, calling global warming a "hoax."

On Saturday, an op-ed penned by Santorum on RedState (dot) com explained:

"The Washington Establishment would rather fight global warming than fight for American jobs ... President Obama and his administration have decided to wage war against global warming and thus against the American worker."

"Those living on or near the Gulf Coast in particular know the impact these extreme environmental positions can have on the region's economy."

What do you think: Is climate change real?

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I'm confused! "Tommy" is talking to all of these people commenting on this post, yet he is the first comment listed? Is someone policing the comments and deleting the things they don't like? Who/What is "Tommy" talking about?

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If President Obama turned out to be a gay Moslem born in Africa he'd still be a million times better than this lot..! oops- the thought of Sanitarium as POTUS scared me into submitting early....!!

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Dear American Cousins. I have recently realised your crazy reality show " pick a Republican Presidential Candidate" is not actually a TV show but is in fact the real GOP selection process. It appears your GOP candidates make Paris Hilton look like a Harvard Graduate. You have one guy with more faces (and position changes) than a pack of cards, one virtually professional proven liar with more ex-wife's than a Hollywood Producer, a religious zealot that makes the Pope look like a liberal gay man and a small well mannered chap who seems to have ideas he got from a crazy dream. You used to be a country that had smart educated men as President, it appears you have a bit too mercury in your water. In the UK and Europe we are watching with trepidation. If any one of these nuts get in, your up the Mississippi without a paddle. If President Obama turned out to be a gay Moslem born in A

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I can not believe how uneducated such a large percentage of the population is. Global warming is a fact. Unfortunately, people like Rick Santorum and those that believe in remaining ignorant are also facts. A very sad state of affairs.

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I cannot believe what I am reading in these comments! Of course global warming real and it's happening right now! 98% of scientists worldwide have come to this conclusion. It's big corporate interests & big oil who want to keep operating the way they always have- with zero responsibility- who are telling lies to the public. THEY have turned this into a political issue, rather than the public health issue it should be. Their PR teams have masterfully spun this into a �crazy liberal� issue, facts be damned! Thankfully, Romney understands science unlike a lot of folks. Listen, you may not like to hear about climate change, but that does not mean it's not true. And you may not like the messengers (Al Gore, etc ), but that doesn't mean the message is any less true.