5 Presidential Contenders, 1 Conspiracy Theory at ALEC Summit

The ongoing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to Friday is featuring several nationally prominent Republicans with potential aspirations for the U.S. 2016 presidential nomination. The five announced speakers at the annual conference of the lobbying group, which links corporations and conservative foundations with Republican state legislators, all reject the science of climate change, arguing that scientists are part of a conspiracy to attack the use of fossil fuels.

1. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
"I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change. It's not proven by any stretch of the imagination. It's far more likely that it's sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time."

Ron Johnson

2. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Scientists are guilty of a "perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion" to "use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change."

Paul Ryan

3. Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY)
"I am unconvinced that climate change is man-made, but I do recognize we may face challenges presented by those who propose and believe they can change our climate by law with ill-thought-out policy like cap and trade."

Matt Mead

4. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
"There remains considerable uncertainty about the effect of the many factors that influence climate: the sun, the oceans, clouds, the behavior of water vapor (the main greenhouse gas), volcanic activity, and human activity. Nonetheless, climate-change proponents based their models on assumptions about those factors, and now we know that many of those assumptions were wrong. For example, the models predicted accelerated warming over the last 15 years, but there has been no warming during that time." "Now EPA has adopted greenhouse gas regulations on the basis of scientific assumptions that have been totally undermined by the latest science--and those regulations are going to have a devastating impact on many American families and businesses if we don't roll them back."

Ted Cruz

5. Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
"I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming. . . In the mainstream media there is a denial of the growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming."

Mike Pence

Also scheduled to speak is Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lobbyist appointed by President Obama in 2012 as a Republican FCC Commissioner, and rising Republican star State Sen. Mark Green (R-Tenn.-22), a military veteran, former field surgeon, and radical gun-rights advocate.

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