Rick Perry Is A Climate Denier.
But He’s Not The Worst GOP Candidate On The Environment.
Rick Perry denies global warming.
The newly-announced 2016 presidential candidate and former Texas governor has sampled all the climate change denial cliches.
He’s “not a scientist;”
the science is “doctored;”
there’s actually “a cooling trend.”
It’s also true that Perry is a huge proponent of fossil fuel development.
During his presidential announcement Thursday, he said he’d approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on “day one” if elected.
He’s called the Environmental Protection Agency
a “cemetery for jobs.”
Near Texas’ Refinery Row, where oil and chemical companies operated with limited regulation under Perry’s watch, poor communities breathe air with high levels of cancer-causing pollutants.
Despite all these things, Rick Perry is not the worst GOP candidate on the environment.
In fact, he’s one of the only GOP candidates with at least a small record of implementing policies that have actively benefited the environment.
Candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul all have zero percent scores from the League of Conservation Voters in 2014, meaning they literally voted against every key policy that would have had a positive impact on the environment.