Gov. Rick Perry doubts science on climate change
Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he doubts the science behind global warming, accusing climate change scientists of manipulating data for monetary gain.
“I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their project,” said Perry at the “Politics & Eggs” event in Bedford, NH on Wednesday.
Transcript of the Bedford “Politics & Eggs” Q&A:
Question from the audience:
“You wrote in your recent book that ‘global warming is a contrived phony mess that is falling apart at its own weight’ and ‘the earth is experiencing a cooling trend.’ On the other hand, the National Academy of Sciences, a independent body that includes our nation’s most esteemed scientists, concluded fossil fuel combustion is the primary cause of warming and every month since 1985, we’ve seen the earth warmer than the 20th century average, the hockey stick. My question is if observed scientific data and the National Academy of Sciences are both wrong on an issue involving thousands of scientists and an issue as prominent as global warming, doesn’t this call into question the entire science discovery process that forms the foundation of 100 years of American technological preeminence?”
Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) response:
“I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. 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 climate’s changed. They been changing ever since the earth was formed. But I do not buy into that a group of scientists who have in some cases found to be manipulating this information. And the cost to the country and to the world of implementing these anti-carbon programs is in the billions if not trillions of dollars at the end of the day. I don’t think, from my perspective, that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and, from my perspective, is more and more being put into question.”