Newt Gingrich is on Al Gore's side for once. Well, kinda. Slate has Gingrich answering questions from readers about global warming. Although Gingrich emphasizes that the private sphere should take responsibility for implementing changes to combat global warming -- as opposed to the government -- it's refreshing to see a Republican acknowledging environmental concerns.
I always thought it was strange how political ideology dictated people's position on a scientific issue. Your politics describe how you think the government should best run (answering the age old question: how can we best live together peacefully?), so it seemed odd to me that being Republican meant you denied the existence of global warming, and being a Democrat meant you recognized it. I'm glad some high profile politicians (and ex-politicians) are changing that.