Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have both endorsed the unproven theory of man-made global warming and supported big government policies like cap-and-trade as a result.
The Minnesota Congresswoman raised the issue during last night’s ABC News Yahoo Iowa Republican Debate.
“If you look at Newt/Romney, they were for cap and trade,” Bachmann claimed, according to a transcript posted by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, responded with his usual retort.
“I have never-- I have-- I oppose cap and trade, I testified against it, the same day that Al Gore testified for it. I helped defeat it in the Senate through American solutions. It is simply untrue,” he said.
Factcheck.org disagrees. They found:
It’s true that Gingrich has never favored the approach taken by Democrats, but he said in 2007 that he would “strongly support” cap-and-trade if combined with “a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions.”
Furthermore, Gingrich said in House testimony in 2009 that he still might support a cap-and-trade system covering “the 2,000 most polluting places,” if packaged with incentives for nuclear power and “green coal,” among other things.
Judging by the latest poll numbers, GOP primary voters are not all that concerned about Gingrich’s past support for bipartisan solutions to global warming. The latest nationwide Gallup poll shows him in first place with 35 percent. Consistent climate change deniers Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann trail far behind, tied at 6 percent.
Video of Bachmann's "Newt/Romney rant" courtesy of ABC News: