Climate Change Denier of the Week

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Quick Quiz: Who is this? (The clues are taken from this feature in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

In the Senate, since 1994, he’s been a staunch conservative who fought for a missile defense system, wrote a bill to make English the national language, and called the Environmental Protection Agency a “Gestapo bureaucracy.” He opposes abortion and gay rights, and he gave a floor speech in June backing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in which he showed a photo of his 20 children and grandchildren and boasted that “in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.”

He opposed U.S. ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change (along with 94 other senators) and became the chief critic in Congress of climate change science in 2003 after taking over as chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. That year he drew headlines with a speech calling global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

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