22 Apr '11, 6pm

How Tim Pawlenty ditched his arctic explorer bestie and turned his back on climate change

This is like something out of Mean Girls : Former Minnesota gov Tim Pawlenty used to pal around with this amazing arctic explorer dude, Will Steger, having slumber parties and plotting how to get the GOP to believe in climate change. Then Pawlenty fell in with a clique, the GOP Presidential Hopefuls, and if he wanted to impress his new friends, he had to turn his back on his old one. And they didn't even talk anymore! And they sat at different lunch tables! And Pawlenty wrote mean things about climate change anonymously on the bathroom wall! Seriously, Steger seems like a mensch and is trying not to say anything too mean, but there is a lot of pathos here: The governor backed out of the trip and then skipped his final scheduled forum with Steger. Later, he ignored the recommendations produced by the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group (of which Steger was a member) tha...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-22-how-tim-pawlenty-dit...

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