GOP Goes Green for Huntsman

July 29th, 2011 at 8:14 am | 7 Comments |

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FrumForum attended the Republicans for Environmental Protection’s Theodore Roosevelt Banquet on July 28, featuring a keynote address by presidential candidate, The Honorable Jon Huntsman, Jr., and a speech by Congressman Dave Reichert – who left the event early to join Congress in attempting to work out a debt ceiling solution. Some of the other organizations in attendance were the Exelon Corporation, the College Republicans National Committee, the American Action Forum, the Heartland Institute, and the Wilderness Society.

FrumForum Editor-in-Chief David Frum, Republicans for Environmental
Protection President Rob Sisson, FrumForum Contributor Rachel Ryan

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. with FrumForum Contributor Rachel Ryan

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. with FrumForum Assistant Editor Nicole Glass

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. with FrumForum Reporter Tim Mak

Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA)

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  • Nanotek

    “… the Heartland Institute, and the Wilderness Society.”

    The Heartland Institute, Ms. Glass? HI goes Green? Isn’t that akin to John Wilkes Booth consoling Mrs. Lincoln during the viewing at the casket.

    “The Heartland Institute questions the scientific consensus on climate change, arguing that global warming is not occurring and, further, that warming would be beneficial if it did occur. * * * Since 2008 the Heartland Institute has sponsored the twice-yearly International Conference on Climate Change, bringing together hundreds of global warming skeptics. * * * Dennis Avery explained, “Not all of these researchers would describe themselves as global warming skeptic”…”but the evidence in their studies is there for all to see.”[13] Heartland’s president, Joseph Bast, wrote “They have no right — legally or ethically — to demand that their names be removed from a bibliography composed by researchers with whom they disagree. ”

    • Graychin

      “…arguing that global warming is not occurring and, further, that warming would be beneficial if it did occur.”

      Here in Oklahoma, where summer temperatures in the mid-100s seem to be the new normal and the entire state is experiencing a severe drought the likes of which has not been seen since Dust Bowl days, we have to ask: “beneficial – but to whom?”

      One season does not a climate make, nor did our record-setting February 2011 blizzard prove anything. But again, I need to ask – beneficial to whom?

      • Nanotek

        “But again, I need to ask – beneficial to whom?”

        graychin … that’s an easy one to answer … just check out who bankrolls the “Heartland Institute” …


        “MediaTransparency reported that the Heartland Institute received funding from politically conservative foundations such as the Castle Rock Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.[22]

        “Oil and gas companies have contributed to the Heartland Institute, including over $600,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998 and 2005.[23] Greenpeace reported that the Heartland Institute received almost $800,000 from ExxonMobil.[14] By 2008, ExxonMobil had stopped funding to Heartland.[dubious – discuss] Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, argued that ExxonMobil was simply distancing itself from Heartland out of concern for its public image.[23]

        “The Heartland Institute has also received funding and support from the tobacco company Philip Morris.[15]”


        “Eli Lehrer is Vice President of Washington D.C. operations for the Heartland Institute.”

      • balconesfault

        Beneficial to those who are pushing for privatization of water supplies and other public infrastructure … since with radical disruptions that will result due to climate change, they’ll be well positioned to demand huge upcharges for doing what America once was willing to pay taxes to accomplish.

  • balconesfault

    Poor Teddy Roosevelt. I suspect he’d be very sad to know his name was being used by a gathering of Republicans of today.

    What does it mean to be a Republican environmentalist these days, when any strengthening of the GOP caucus is a pathway to obstructing and undermining Federal environmental regulations, and describing the EPA as a gestapo-like organization is almost a necessity to gain traction in the GOP Presidential primaries?

    • Nanotek

      Disappointingly, that article has no substance, just an apparent reason to post glitz & glitter photos of the hobnobbing DC elite … nothing about Huntsman’s or Reichert’s advocacy about the environment …

      but with the Heartland Institute there approvingly, I can fill in the blanks

      Yeah, TR would weep for the future, I suspect.

  • Graychin

    It’s Friday, so we see two FF stories about John Huntsman, the nearly-invisible Republican candidate for President.

    The candidate who has already peaked.