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Jon Huntsman, once a climate hawk, now disses cap-and-trade like all the other Republicans:

He's left China behind -- and climate hawkishness too. Photo: saucy pan A couple of months ago, I asked, "Is Jon Huntsman the greenest GOP presidential hopeful? " In 2007, as Utah governor, he brought his state into the Western Climate Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program. And up through 2009, when he took the post of ambassador to China, he called repeatedly for climate action. I noted that while many Republican presidential contenders had backed away from concern about climate change, Huntsman "has not backtracked -- at least not yet." Well, now the backtracking has begun. In his first big media interview since leaving his ambassadorship, Huntsman danced around just about every topic that Time 's Melinda Henneberger asked about -- Afghanistan, Libya, his Republican rivals, his disagreements with Obama, his Mormon roots. But he was happy to, as Henneberger put it,...

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