Confusion in Perry's assessment of the climate and energy nexus extends to his energy plan, which says that "we must continue to invest in clean coal technology through research and development tax incentives." If, as Perry has claimed, climate change is a baseless hoax, it makes no sense that he should advocate for a technology explicitly designed to capture and sequester carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants for the sole purpose of averting the warming effect of those emissions.
Perry wants to cut the size of the Department of Education in half by consolidating its functions, and his energy policy is big on states' rights and freeing oil and gas companies to access existing resources. Texas has more wind power than any other state in the nation (and therefore almost every other country on Earth), so it is worth noting that his hands-off approach—for example, Texas has a deregulated energy market—has not hurt that industry in his home state.
Perry has trumpeted his own $200-million Emerging Technology Fund, which hands out no-strings-attached grants to fledgling companies, as a major driver of science and technology jobs in Texas. News outlets of just about every political affiliation, however, have pilloried the ETF as "crony capitalism" designed to reward CEOs who have donated to Perry's political campaigns.
Perry says that evolution is a "theory" with "gaps in it" and that, in Texas, "we teach both creationism and evolution."
#5 - Rick Santorum
Santorum once said that "science should get out of politics," by which he meant that creationism should be given equal time with evolution in schools. Also, presumably, he meant that climate change is a hoax. His public statements on the subject run directly counter to our best understanding of the science of the overall warming trend in Earth's atmosphere.
That said, Santorum did once compare the war in Iraq with the Lord of the Rings trilogy in an analogy that showed that he saw the movies, if not read the books. His platform is a near-perfect distillation of the policies at the intersection of those espoused by Gingrich and Romney, except for what is apparently a nod to his belief that Net neutrality is a bad idea—a view he shares with Paul and Bachmann.
Aside from a broad commitment to budget cuts, Santorum has argued that the R&D tax credit should be made permanent in order to create more jobs. Santorum's Web site is poorly organized and he has failed since 2003 to get it to rank higher in Google searches than a Web site launched by sex columnist Dan Savage that attempts to redefine "Santorum" as anything other than the candidate.