17 Aug '11, 3pm

Rick Perry used to be Al Gore’s biggest fan:

Rick "climate scientists are a secular cult " Perry used to love Al Gore like he now loves prayer days . The terrifyingly anti-science Texas governor, presidential candidate, and coiffure model was the Texas campaign chairman for Al Gore's presidential run in 1988. Perry claims that was before Gore got all big into global warming, and that could definitely get him off the hook, if it were true. But it's not. Combating the greenhouse effect was one of Gore's campaign priorities in his '88 campaign. It was part of his stump speech, and he partnered with Republican senator John Chaffee to call for urgent action on climate change. An Environmental Defense Fund lawyer said at the time that Gore probably "goes to bed at night worrying about ... global warming." But back then, the greenhouse effect (and its contribution to a warming climate) was a well-established and strongly su...

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