Gov. Tim Pawlenty Monday weighed in on the side of those who say climate change science is "unsettled."
Asked about the Copenhagen Climate Change summit, Pawlenty said: "I think the Copenhagen summit is focused on an issue that has now become very controversial. And I think it’s a good idea to follow the science on this, in these matters, and the science is somewhat unsettled."
He referenced the hundreds of leaked emails from British and American researchers, which, according to the New York Times, portray "the scientists as feeling under siege by the skeptics’ camp and worried that any stray comment or data glitch could be turned against them. The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument. However, the documents will undoubtedly raise questions about the quality of research on some specific questions and the actions of some scientists"
Pawlenty told reporters, "some of that has to play out."
He also said it is in "all of our best interests to do things to reduce pollution but we need to do that in a way that ..doesn’t wreck the economy. And the Copenhagen summit and the approaches that are being pursued there are in the nature of a cap and trade proposal a global cap and trade proposal and I think that’s the wrong direction."