Pawlenty’s Flip-Flop

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on November 17, 2009

in Blog

The Center for American Progress is criticizing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota (Hat tip: Tom Nelson) for his apparent flip-flop on anthropogenic causes of global warming, according to The Economist, which reported:

He recently explained that the earth might be warming, but that it is unclear “to what extent that is the result of natural causes.”

Hard to blame CAP, considering this is the kind of thing Pawlenty, a likely GOP presidential candidate, was saying two years ago:

Our global climate is warming, at least in part due to the energy sources we use. We cannot solve it by ourselves, but we need to lead and do our part. We also need to push for an effective national and international effort.

And only last year he assisted global warming activist groups, funded by the alarmist Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to produce this propaganda video. Key Pawlenty narrative:

I don’t think many people would disagree with the fact that what we’re doing is unsustainable — environmentally, economically, and from a national security standpoint. But we have a chance to try to make a difference, and to do good. (Emphasis Pawlenty’s)

Sprint to the right — the primaries start in only 26 months!

Franklin November 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Excuse me? Flip-flop?? Has anyone else ever changed their opinion when faced with new information showing that your old opinion is wrong (isn't that what just came out of the BBC recently)? Give the guy a break – he just found out that he was wrong and HE IS ADMITTING IT! Isn't that refreshing for a politician?!

Kurmudge November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

What Pawlenty was saying two years ago is similar to what Pat Michaels and Robert Balling say in their newest book- the climate was warming a little bit, there was almost surely some anthropogenic contribution, but it is not a crisis even though it is likely to eventually start to warm again around 2020 or so. Pawlenty says to be responsible, but not a nut. Makes sense to me.

He did get caught up in Leith Anderson's Greenland ice crusade, but Pawlenty is smart about such things- he read the full story and realized that Greenland is not the issue, so now he moderates his position a bit.

Look at the words- it is a clear adjustment, it is not a flip-flop by and stretch of words or imagination.

tweety November 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

This is all just stupid talk "oh the guy has politics" and "he just got caught in watever" this to me is al just blah blah blah blah blah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just shut up about it alredy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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