Al Gore spoke about Republicans and global warming on Tuesday in an interview with The Washington Post. He discussed the positions that Republicans like Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have taken on global warming, and the pressure the GOP puts on its politicians in general. He did acknowledge that both John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mitt Romney ran on platforms that recognized and offered solutions to climate change. “And there were a number of Republicans that took that position,” noted Gore.
Even so, he claimed that the GOP has “an enforced orthodoxy” regarding climate change. “I don’t think it’s particularly complicated why they have all been cowed into abandoning that position,” said Gore.”They will face primary opponents financed by the Koch brothers and others who are part of their group if they even breath the slightest breath of sympathy for the truth about climate science. It’s not really that complicated.”
But while he gave credit to past presidential hopefuls in the GOP, he also recognized that 2016 candidates aren’t as flexible in their views. Three big names who have specifically mentioned an interest in the presidency have also spoken out about climate change — and not in the same vein as McCain and Romney. Let’s take a look at three presidential possibilities who fit concerns over the GOP’s anti-climate change conformity.