Rick Perry

Governor of Texas

Rick Perry at CPAC

Rick Perry at CPAC     Photo: Gage Skidmore

Outdoor cred: 10

Environmental cred: 1

Spends his time outdoors in: Texas

Bio: Perry is a former Eagle Scout who spent the first five years of his life in a Texas farmhouse that didn’t have indoor plumbing. He majored in animal science at Texas A&M, flew planes for the Air Force, and entered politics as a conservative Democrat who campaigned for Al Gore in the 80s before changing parties. He’s an active runner and no believer in climate change.

Telling quote: Global warming is “all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight,” he said in his book. Meanwhile back home, Texas suffered from the most blistering summer and worst wildfires on record in 2011.

Loves to: Hunt. He says he once shot and killed a coyote using a laser-guided pistol loaded with hollow-tipped bullets—while he was jogging. He also takes bow-hunting trips with rocker Ted Nugent. You've probably heard about his ranch.

Environmental Stance: Thanks to a stroke of Perry’s pen, Texans can now hunt invasive and incredibly destructive hogs from helicopters. Yee-haw. In 2009, he sued the federal government to fight the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision that carbon dioxide could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. On the issues page of Perry’s Web site, he doesn’t mention the environment.

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