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Rick Santorum Warns Of 'New Boogey Man'

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Rick Santorum took aim at environmental regulations Thursday at a campaign stop in Oklahoma, a hub of the domestic energy industry. The presidential hopeful told voters that opposition to fracking is nothing more than political fear-mongering, according to CNN.

"We have to have all sorts of government regulations because of the threats of hydrofracking," Santorum said. "It's the new boogey man. It's the new way to try to scare you."

Later he imitated anti-fracking politicians and environmentalists. "Ooh, all this bad stuff's going to happen, we don't know all these chemicals and all this stuff," he said. "What's going to happen? Let me tell you what's going to happen, nothing's going to happen."

It's not the first time Santorum has dismissed environmental threats as bogus rhetoric. At a campaign stop in Colorado on Tuesday, he told voters that he never bought into the "hoax of global warming."

Santorum reiterated his thoughts on climate change on Thursday, telling the Oklahoma crowd it is "a politicization of science." He has attacked Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for their previous support of cap and trade policies.

For his part, Newt has disowned the climate change ad he shot with Nancy Pelosi, calling it "the dumbest thing I've done in the last four years."

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