Last Friday, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore departed from the race for the GOP nomination. Unless you live in the DC metro area, you might not have heard of Gov. Gilmore. He never made the primetime debate stage and only secured a spot in one undercard debate, the first one sponsored by CNN and held back in August 2015. He received only 145 votes total in primary contests recently held in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Gilmore generated only one ClimateEye alert, posted at the time he announced his candidacy, and based on information posted on his website.
“Climate change is a reality,” the website read. “But the debate on whether it is caused by man the anthropogenic climate change we hear about every day is very far from over.”
While Gilmore did not detail how he would solve the climate crisis, he opposed President Obama’s Clean Power Plan rule, finalized in early August and recently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. “By his new regulation, Obama is trying to force states and power companies to shift their investments to solar and wind power. We’ve seen that before and we know it doesn’t do anything other than burden our economy with false remedies.”
The climate section concludes: “We should all be conservationists. That means we will preserve and maintain our air and water quality, protect wildlife from extinction and thus help contribute to our quality of life. Making the cost of energy skyrocket will reduce our quality of life. That’s an unnecessary sacrifice to impose on Americans.”
And now there are six.