At the moment, Jon Huntsman is not one of the major contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. But he was interviewed on the Fox network on 25 October, and some of what he said is of interest.
The whole interview, and a video, can be seen at Jon Huntsman in Race for ‘Long Haul’? Here are some excerpts of the parts relevant to evolution and global warming, with bold font added by us:
BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: We welcome you to our “Center Seat” tonight. Republican presidential candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. Governor, thanks for being here.
JON HUNTSMAN, R – PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thanks, Bret. Pleasure to be with you.
Polite opening stuff. Let’s get to the fun part:
BAIER: Governor, I want you to listen to this sound bite. It is you talking about some issues before Charles starts his question here.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HUNTSMAN: The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position. (END VIDEO CLIP)
Now that we have your attention, here’s the good stuff:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Governor, I’m with you on evolution. I’m an agnostic on global warming. Does it make me anti-science?
We’ve always liked Krauthammer. Here’s the Governor’s answer:
HUNTSMAN: Of course not. It means that you have got a position, and I respect that. And when you have a body of scientists who have weighed in to the extent they have, and I am a little reminded of, ya know, having been involved in building a cancer institute out west. If you had 98 out of 100 oncologists who said we think we have some important breakthroughs on breast, colon, and prostate cancer that is meaningful for people to understand in terms of procedures going forward, we would turn and say science has spoken. It’s important to respect that.
So all I am saying is you raise your kids to go out and find a cure for cancer, you raise your kids to get educated and to solve the world’s big problem problems. And when the scientific community speaks, I think, ya know, we take a look at what they say have to say. And I think that when they speak I tend to respect that.
Well, okay, but Krauthammer isn’t done yet. Let’s read on:
KRAUTHAMMER: Are you saying that the case is closed on global warming?
HUNTSMAN: No, I’m not saying it’s closed at all. I think it will continue to evolve. And I think science has a responsibility. When some of it has been called into question, the scientific community has a responsibility to stand up and explain themselves.
Whatever that means. It certainly doesn’t satisfy Krauthammer. His questions continue:
KRAUTHAMMER: But there is a difference between evolution and global warming. Global warming has implications for the spending of trillions of dollars —
HUNTSMAN: Of course —
KRAUTHAMMER: — of tax money and changing the way that America lives. So it isn’t as if it’s an abstraction. Are you willing to engage in those activities which would be — that could be ruinous if misspent on the basis of a theory that you say the case is not closed?
You gotta love Krauthammer! Now here comes the Governor’s answer. Read it closely:
HUNTSMAN: I respect the science. In terms of the tools I would use to address it, I say if we are reading one body of science here and the Chinese are reading a different body of science there and the Indians are yet again reading something different, the largest emitters in the world are going from different benchmarks. And how can we unilaterally disarm in this country and impose something in the way of cost for the job creators when the largest emitters in the world are reading from a different scientific text?
So what’s his position? Can you figure it our, dear reader? Anyway, that’s pretty much all there is on the subjects we talk about here, but there’s a lot more on other issues at the Fox website. If you’re interested in Huntsman, now you know where to go.
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