Despite a wide variety of climate change-deniers in the Republican field, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, with her promise to eliminate the EPA and drill in the Everglades, easily established herself as the radical anti-science candidate of the primary race.
Yet with the introduction of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the field, even Bachmann’s status as the most prominent anti-science candidate appears to be in question. Just two weeks ago, Perry—who in the past has called climate change science a “contrived, phony mess,”—expressed his belief that the overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists simultaneously manipulated data for profit. While campaigning in Texas on Monday, Perry went a step further and promised that if elected he would stop the EPA from doing its job. The EPA “won’t know what hit them,” Perry boasted.
“I’ll tell you one thing,” the Texas governor told the crowd. “The EPA officials we have an opportunity to put in place, they’re going to be pro-business, and there’s not going to be any apologies to anybody about it. Those agencies won’t know what hit ‘em.”
Perry has raked in over $11 million in campaign contributions from Big Oil since 1998, Think Progress reports. Top contributors to Perry over the years include Exxon Mobil and, of course, the climate change-denying Koch Industries.