As we approach the 2012 Election and the cusp of a possible Grand Minimum it is important to know who the next President might be and their position on global warming and cooling.

The current Solar Cycle is number 24. It is expected to crest in 2013, right around the time the new president will be taking office and could be in office for the next 8 years as we slide toward Solar Cycle 25. The sunspot forecast for the next cycle is lower than Solar Cycle 24. One scientific team forecasts no sun spots by 2015.

Here is what I found in examining the position of the current candidates on global warming, in no specific order:

Bachmann – Science of global warming not settled, CO2 is essential to life on the planet.

Romney – Humans are partly responsible for global warming, but may be changing his position.

Cain – Does not think man-made global warming is real.

Santorum – Man-made global warming is “patently absurd.”

Gingrich – Our country must take action to address climate change, but now having some second thoughts, waffling would be a better word.

Paul – Greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on . . . global warming.

Perry – The science is not settled on this.  The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense. . .

Huntsman – To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.

Obama –  If the international community does not act swiftly to deal with climate change that “we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

As these positions change in this election cycle I will be posting updates and adding declared candidates.

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