On Wednesday, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, a leading climate skeptic, said he plans to formally endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry — in part because of Perry’s environmental record.
Perry has helped lead the charge against the Obama administration’s climate change policies and has been a vocal critic of EPA regulations. And he recently accused climate scientists of cooking the books in order to win grants.
“There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they would have dollars rolling in to their projects,” said Romney just last week, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Inhofe said that he likes Romney but that he’s “a little mushy on environmental issues,” the Tulsa World reported.
Inhofe said he thinks Perry has the best chance of any Republican to defeat Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.
When it comes to Newt Gingrich, “I always have this vision of him sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi,” said Inhofe, adding that he has no reservations about Perry.
Perry served as Gore’s state chairman during the 1988 White House campaign, but has since renounced the former vice president’s stance on global warming. A lot has changed since then, says Perry. “I certainly got religion. I think he’s gone to hell.”
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