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Top five craziest things GOP contenders said on climate in 2011

Top five craziest things GOP contenders said on climate in 2011

With Michele Bachmann, it's the cumulative craziness that blows one away. Photo: IowaPolitics.com Cross-posted from Climate Progress . Sure, the extremist wing of the GOP has been saying crazy things about climate for a while . But the anti-science wing is now in charge (Speaker of the House John Boehner : "The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical"). And it has been able to make climate craziness a litmus test for the presidency. Just three years ago, the GOP nominee was a climate hawk who campaigned on a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions -- and folks like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney supported climate science and climate action. Now, even the most semi-rational contenders for the GOP nomination have to tie themselves to the anti-rational Tea Party mantra of deny, deny, and delay, delay that wi...

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