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In the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which may have killed more than 10,000 people after ripping through the Philippines, climate change has rapidly returned to the forefront of the news. Just days after the storm made landfall, world governments convened the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at which they hope to negotiate a new accord limiting greenhouse gas emissions. As usual, the United States will play a central role in the negotiations.
President Barack Obama has quietly accumulated a very strong record on climate change (although environmentalists often wish that he’d do more). His successor, however, may not be nearly as receptive to policies that could slow climate change and protect the environment. Particularly if the next president is a Republican.
All of the early contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have records on climate science that range from misinformed to frighteningly extreme. What follows is a brief look at where five of the politicians who could be the next president stand on the science of climate change.