"Rick Perry to Run for President; Climate Deniers Cheer"

"The climate skeptics can finally get excited about the 2012 election: Rick Perry, their candidate of choice, is about to officially throw his hat in the ring."

"Perry calls global warming 'all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight.' Unlike many of the other GOP presidential candidates, he hasn't expressed concern about climate change in the past, so he won't have to do any back-pedaling. Notorious climate denier Marc Morano is a big fan: 'Based on climate views alone, anyone who is holding their nose voting for Mitt Romney because there's no other viable candidate will now rejoice to have an option with Rick Perry.'"

Lisa Hymas reports for Mother Jones August 12, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Big Oil Front Group Chills at the Ames Straw Poll" (Mother Jones)

"Cap and Trade Becomes a Bludgeon in Republican Primary Brawl" (ClimateWire)

"Ron Paul Says Rick Perry Was Al Gore's Campaign Chairman Not Long Ago" (Politifact)

"It's Official: The GOP Field Will Have No Environmental Advocate" (Treehugger)

Opinion: "New Rasmussen Poll Sends Al Gore Into Meltdown" (Forbes)

Source: Mother Jones, 08/15/2011