Ron Paul

Congressman from Texas

Ron Paul

Ron Paul     Photo: Gage Skidmore

Outdoor cred: 1

Environmental cred: 1

Spends his time outdoors: scurrying from his car to the front entrances of buildings.

Bio: Paul isn’t just some nerdy libertarian egghead who reads “Atlas Shrugged” like Billy Graham reads the Bible. He was once an elite runner too, winning the Pennsylvania state championship in the 220 and 440, and placing third in the 110-yard dash in high school, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and his Linkedin page. Paul practiced medicine for 15 years as an obstetrician before being elected to Congress in 1976. He went back to being a doctor in 1985, but was elected again to the House of Representatives 11 years later, and has held the office ever since. He believes in getting the government completely out of our, and the free market’s, way—opposing everything from the Patriot Act, to gun control, to environmental regulations, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He also favors the eradication of the federal income tax. 

Telling quote: Global warming is “the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years.”

Loves to: rail against deficits.

Environmental stance: Let’s just say that Ron Paul is no friend of polar bears or the Florida manatee. He wants to eliminate the EPA, and in line with his libertarian philosophy, erase from the books a slew of regulations on the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power industries. He’d even go so far as abolishing the federal gas tax, which is used to pay for road and bridge construction and maintenance. On the plus side, though, he has supported tax credits for the solar industry and bike commuters, and tax deductions for public transportation riders.

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