Posted on Jan 07, 2013 |

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Virginia governor and Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) Sept. 6 criticized Republicans for crafting a party platform that is silent on addressing climate change and vowed to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Kaine, who is battling former Sen. George Allen (R) for an open Virginia Senate seat, told reporters at a clean energy forum that skeptics about climate science subscribe to an ‘‘almost theological position that humans don’t affect [the] climate.’’

‘‘How can you put an energy plan together without at least recognizing’’ climate change as a global challenge, Kaine asked at the forum, referring to the Republican platform written prior to the party’s Aug. 27-30 convention in Tampa, Fla. The Senate candidate spoke at a session with 11 executives from Virginia-based clean energy companies hosted by Tigercomm, a public relations firm.

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