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Rick Perry's Texas-Sized Climate Denial

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAug 17, 2011 8:29 PM

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Coming on strong as a candidate, with everybody talking about him, Rick Perry immediately attacks global warming and says it's all a plot for scientists to get 'da bucks. It's like, a welfare program, but for scientists. Here are some quotes:

Fielding audience questions after brief remarks that dwelled largely on fiscal and economic issues, Perry encountered one skeptic who said he was quoting from Perry's 2010 book, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America From Washington, then asked whether misgivings about climate science fueled distrust of federal research in general. "I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized," Perry answered. "I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climates change. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed."

More here. Hey Rick Perry--when and how do you think the Earth was formed? What was the "climate" like then? I'd love to hear his answer to that one. Now, is it surprising to find a GOP candidate denying human caused global warming? Heck no--this is a litmus test issue in the party. But it is surprising to find how exercised Perry seems to be about it. He isn't just toeing some line. He actually seems to be engaged with the topic--which is what's most worrisome.

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