Texas Gov. Rick Perry, announcing his bid for the GOP presidential nomination Saturday, also took time to blast what he described as jobs-killing effort to stop “phony” global warming.
Perry calls global warming "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight," the British Guardian reports.
Perry is virtually unique in the current presidential field in that he hasn't expressed concern about climate change in the past, so he won't have to do any back-pedaling.
"Based on climate views alone, anyone who is holding their nose voting for Mitt Romney because there's no other viable candidate will now rejoice to have an option with Rick Perry," says Marc Morano, a leading climate change skeptic.
Perry served as Al Gore's Texas campaign chair in the 1988 presidential race, but conservatives don't have to worry that Perry holds any residual affection for the former veep.
"I've heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I'm starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide," Perry said in 2007.
Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist, for one, isn't concerned: "If Perry was president, one of the things I'd not worry about is a carbon tax," Norquist told Politico. "I'd worry about big spiders eating New Jersey first."
Perry also prays for a rollback of EPA regulations: "Frankly I pray for the president every day," he recently told CBN News. "I pray for his wisdom. I pray that God will open his eyes. I wish this president would turn back the health-care law that's been passed, ask that his EPA back down all these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money."
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