Rick Santorum

Former Senator from Pennsylvania

Rick Santorum with Tea Party volunteers

Rick Santorum with Tea Party volunteers     Photo: tlsmith1000

Outdoor cred: 1

Environmental cred: 1

Spends his time outdoors at: the entrance to coal mines. He announced his candidacy for president in front of one.

Bio: Born in West Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania, Santorum has spent his life in coal country. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in the early 1980s, earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and then graduated with a law degree from Dickinson College. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1990, and four years later to the Senate.

Telling quote: Coal is not a dirty word if we are realistic about saving the earth.”

Loves to: Be a family man. He’s got seven kids.

Environmental stance: Santorum has been a staunch advocate for coal, and much of the environmental legislation he has supported or sponsored over the years has been aimed at promoting the industry. He aided the Bush administration in reducing the EPA’s limits on the amount of mercury emitted from smokestacks, he supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and expanding oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, but has been a supporter of research into hydrogen cars. 

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