In his debate with John Kerry earlier in the year Newt said: "My message, I think, is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move toward the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere." As to proposed solutions, he advocates ""a new science- and technology-based entrepreneurial, market-oriented and locally led environmentalism."
Whether because he has concluded that the science is persuasive or whether he sees the political upside, Newt has clearly thrown his lot in with those who do not want to cede this issue to the Democrats. As with healthcare, he and others are betting that the better tactic is to use the issue as another opportunity to demonstrate Republicans' commitment to free markets and innovation and their opposition to the heavy hand of government.
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