Yesterday, former Governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) sparred in their last debate of Virginia’s contentious U.S. Senate race. While their differences on tax breaks for Big Oil have been discussed in previous debates (Allen supports them, Kaine opposes them), the emergence of a major, albeit overlooked, point of disagreement surprised some: climate science.
In responding to a misleading attack from Allen, Kaine rebuked Allen’s radical anti-science views:
“You and I have a different point of view on science,” Kaine said in response. “George does not believe that human activity affects climate. So carbon isn’t a problem. So we don’t need to do anything about it. I think activity affects climate.”
Allen’s extreme views on climate science should not come as no surprise given that he’s been named to LCV’s Dirty Dozen three times.