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Jon Huntsman (Authentic Conservative) Signatory to 2008 “Global Climate Solutions Declaration”

Morgen on June 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Pretty impressive launch today by the Huntsman campaign, regardless of whether anyone is paying much attention. But I’ve got to ask: would any “authentic conservative” have signed off on a document like this (PDF) in November 2008:

Based on conclusive scientific evidence, we recognize that global climate change is a grave threat to our people, our environment, and our respective ways of life. Therefore, we resolve to act quickly to stabilize the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to avoid the resulting catastrophic impacts to the world’s ecosystems, oceans, water supplies, infrastructure, food production, and human health. The magnitude and urgency of the challenges in stabilizing the climate will require an unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation among all levels of government around the world.

We also recognize that the transition to a low carbon society will invigorate and strengthen global, national and regional economies by enhancing energy security, increasing energy efficiency, and creating new jobs and industries that stimulate diverse, de-centralized and sustainable economic activity.

We further recognize that states and provinces from around the world, including the undersigned, have embarked on journey to pursue innovative actions  and policies to address climate change. This declaration is another step that strengthens and advances our shared vision for long-term cooperative action. We seek to create a low carbon society and enhance energy security by providing ongoing support to our national governments as they combat climate change.

Regardless of your views on climate change, all you need to know about Huntsman’s political judgement with regards to this issue is represented by the list of other governors who signed off on this. You might recognize a few of the Democrats: Kathleen Sebelius (KS), Deval Patrick (MA), Rod Blagojevich (IL), Jennifer Granholm (MI), David Paterson (NY), Ted Kulongoski (OR), Christine Gregoire (WA), Jim Doyle (WI), and Martin O’Malley (MD).

Representing the distinguished list of Authentic Conservatives who signed their names to this, along with Huntsman there was of course Arnold Schwarzenegger and…Charlie Crist of Florida. That’s it.

Oh, and since this document was the output of a global summit hosted by Schwarzenegger, there were also a number of signatories from other countries. Bastions of individual liberty such as China, India, Brazil, and Mexico. Along with Canada and a couple of people from the UN.

It’s not news of course that Huntsman has previously supported policies to address climate change. But while he has recently re-affirmed his belief in the science behind climate change alarmism, he has backpedaled on his support for cap and trade legislation.

Cap-and-trade ideas aren’t working; it hasn’t worked, and our economy’s in a different place than five years ago. Much of this discussion happened before the bottom fell out of the economy, and until it comes back, this isn’t the moment.

To which I would say, November 2008 was not five years ago, it was less than three. And whatever happened to Huntsman’s support for the idea “that the transition to a low carbon society will invigorate and strengthen global, national and regional economies”? Invigorated economic growth AND the mitigation of a “grave threat” to the human race? Sounds like a win-win to me, or at least it would if I believed any of this stuff.

But then maybe I’m not an authentic conservative.

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