n a new column, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum reiterates his conspiracy theory that global warming is a left-wing hoax, which his opponents Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich fell for, showing their “weakness of character.” Santorum’s rant at RedState, the radical right-wing blog founded by CNN contributor Erick Erickson, claims that the scientific fact of man-made climate change is “liberal orthodoxy,” a “pseudo-religion,” and the “litmus test” of “radical environmentalism”:
Of all the GOP candidates, I am the only one who has not bowed, and will never bow, to this liberal orthodoxy. I did not pander when global warming seemed cool to the press and to Hollywood. We know that climate changes over time, that the earth warms and cools over time. This debate is about whether human activity plays a role, and whether U.S. emissions cuts can have any effect when China and India refuse to go along. The apostles of this pseudo-religion believe that America and its people are the source of the earth’s temperature. I do not.