In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Pawlenty added that "until recently, people were worried as much about global cooling," a reference to an exhaustively debunked myth that's floated around conservative circles for years.
While Pawlenty's words are par for the course in today's GOP, his rapid tilt towards an extreme anti-science position may be the most dramatic policy reversal of any candidate in the primary field on any recent issue. He made combating climate change a top priority as governor of Minnesota, proposing the strongest renewable energy laws in the country and expending considerable political capital to advance his agenda on the issue.
His comments come as two of his top rivals, Mitt Romney, and Jon Huntsman, are under fire for sticking to their guns and defending climate science, even if they no longer endorse the same legislative solutions that they once did.