Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who has largely refrained from wading into the climate change debate, said July 13 he would enter the crowded field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
In many ways, Walker's views on national environment and energy policies, such as his concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan, his opposition to a new national ground-level ozone standard and his support for broad energy development, mirror that of other Republican contenders.
Walker, who announced his candidacy July 10 on Twitter, is the 15th Republican to enter the primaries to become the next president of the U.S.
Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist who advised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on energy issues during his 2008 presidential run, told Bloomberg BNA the nuanced shift from Walker on ethanol issues likely stemmed from the fact the Wisconsin governor feels he needs to win the Iowa caucuses to remain competitive in the Republican primary.
“I think he is adjusting himself [on biofuels] to make himself more palatable in Iowa,” O'Connell said, noting that the Republican field is “all singing from the hymn book” on most other energy issues.