Rick Perry, human gaffe machine, calls solar manufacturer Solyndra a ‘country’
The one-time GOP presidential front-runner can’t seem to get out of the way of his own legendary missteps.
Ideology trumped science at Texas agency
Two Texas senators accused the state’s environmental agency of deleting information about the implications of global warming from a draft report.
The leaders of the agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, are appointed by Republican Governor Rick Perry, who said in a recent presidential debate that the science of climate change was “unsettled.” At issue is “The State of the Bay 2010” report, which has come under scrutiny after Rice University Professor John Anderson said that an article regarding sea-level changes he contributed was censored for political reasons.
Rick Perry says slowing carbon emissions hurts economy
‘I still stand by that the science is not settled on man-made global warming,’ Perry said while campaigning in New Hampshire.
Rick Perry’s environmental record
The Texas governor has a clear environmental platform — whether you like it or not is a different story.
Don’t get confused by the knowledge that Perry is a former Democrat who led Al Gore’s presidential campaign back in 1988. As governor, he has consistently resisted federal policies aimed at combating climate change.
Under his watch, Texas has instituted the TERP program, which provides incentives for people to reduce their carbon footprints. While this may seem like a step in the green direction, it would be hard for Texas to get any dirtier. In fact, under Perry, Texas has consistently been the nation’s largest emitter of carbon emissions. Perry, who is on record saying he may be in favor of Texas leaving the United States, would have an interesting situation on his hands if his wish were granted. If Perry were to be the president of the Texas Republic, it would be the world’s eighth-largest emitter of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Sharing oil revenues
Perry wants to drill offshore and be able to grab some of the cash for doing so in an effort to offset the effects of drilling off his own shores. He was also opposed to President Barack Obama’s de facto moratorium on offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Rick Perry was one of the first governors to refuse to let the natural gas industry do hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) in his state without disclosing the toxic chemicals it uses to do so.
Some green/clean stuff, too
Perry does have a bit of a green in his record. In fact, as governor, Perry was instrumental in 2009 in passing a $5,000 incentive for the purchase of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.