CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Potential presidential candidate Haley Barbour appears to be staking out a moderate position on global warming than some of his possible rivals, saying at an event in eastern Iowa on Friday that the country should â€œproceed in national policy as if global warming is actually happening.â€
Barbour, who has consistently opposed regulation of the energy industry, made the comments in response to a question from an Iowa voter who asked the Mississippi governor whether he thought global warming was real.
â€œI think the prudent thing for us, when you consider the potential risk, the prudent thing is to proceed as if global warming is an issue,â€ Barbour said at a luncheon organized by a local Republican group, the Linn Eagles, â€œbut we donâ€™t have to destroy the American economy for no positive results to do that.â€
He did say we shouldn’t destroy our economy to accomplish whatever “Climate Change” goals he seems to have in mind, but knowing that the goal for the left is economic destruction for the “First World” to bring all other worlds up to a “level playing field”, this is ground Barbour had better tread lightly.
The science is far from settled.