Newt Gingrich is a former Republican Speaker of the House in the 1990’s. He seems to hold a somewhat conflicting stance on climate change. In some comments made before 2007, Gingrich seemed to dismiss the possibility that humans could influence the climate so dramatically as to create significant warming. However in a debate with John Kerry in 2007, he seemed to indicate that he thought there was now sufficient evidence to take action on climate change. He also joined in the creation of an ad with Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging action on climate change. Since the creation of that ad he has appeared to revert to his previous stance, saying that there is no conclusive proof of global warming or the human involvement in it.
- “My message I think is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere.”
- “First of all, I want to be clear: I don’t think that we have conclusive proof of global warming. And I don’t think we have conclusive proof that humans are at the center of it.“Source
- “First, the climate is always changing and has changed throughout the earth’s history. But the fact is that there are now billions of people on the planet and collectively we can have an enormous impact. We have a moral obligation to be prudent stewards of the earth. Paying attention to the climate is a legitimate concern for conservatives, as is concern for biodiversity, for clean air, for adequate water supplies and a host of other concerns.”Second, I do not know if the climate is warming or not. There is some evidence the larger impact of the sun may be about to send us into a long cooling period.”Source
Gingrich was in congress before any climate change legislation was brought to the floor.