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Friday, October 21, 2016

‘I’m Not A Scientist, Man’: 5 Presidential Hopefuls Who Deny Climate Science


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In the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which may have killed more than 10,000 people after ripping through the Philippines, climate change has rapidly returned to the forefront of the news. Just days after the storm made landfall, world governments convened the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at which they hope to negotiate a new accord limiting greenhouse gas emissions. As usual, the United States will play a central role in the negotiations.

President Barack Obama has quietly accumulated a very strong record on climate change (although environmentalists often wish that he’d do more). His successor, however, may not be nearly as receptive to policies that could slow climate change and protect the environment. Particularly if the next president is a Republican.

All of the early contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have records on climate science that range from misinformed to frighteningly extreme. What follows is a brief look at where five of the politicians who could be the next president stand on the science of climate change.

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    What is amazing is how many of these guys are from states that get hammered by nature on a regular basis.

    • TZToronto

      These are the same type of people who, before lightning rods, assumed that the reason church steeples were always being hit by lightning was because God was punishing them for their lack of piety.

  • nirodha

    The next thing you know, these folks will resurrect the Flat-Earth Society.

    • David Waggoner

      the Earth is round?

  • howa4x

    The problem is that the republican party is an owned operated subsidiary of Big oil/coal and the gas industries. The Koch bros are petro chemicals/Fracking.
    They win over the base, who really doesn’t understand the science of climate change, by creating a jobs or environment argument. So they say to all the miners in WVa that those liberal environmentalists are trying to shut down the coal mines and put you all out of work, and they do this with every energy sector worker. This is why Drill , just Drill caught on in the republican presidential campaign. They also rely on the evangelical community to give a biblical explanation that the destruction from climate related events are just the signs that the rapture is coming and to prepare for the second coming. The tea party who dominates the primaries, doesn’t understand and is hostile to science, so no need to get them on board. Plus they think everything the government says is a lie.
    So if anyone wants to run as a republican they have to take this position since the 3 legs of the party are big business, the tea party and the evangelicals. Moderates don’t count anymore. So even if down deep you believe climate change is happening you can’t say it or you can’t win.

  • Jason’s Robot

    What’s the definition of ‘Presidential Hopeful’ around here?

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Sorry but Rubio is right and you are wrong: there are reputable scientists who believe that global warming is a cyclical and inevitable event unaffected by human activity. I do not know who is right-clearly there is global warming. Denying that is ridiculous; declaring there is scientific uniformity as to causation and remedy is simply false.

    • Sand_Cat

      No doubt you denied it as long as possible, as no doubt those “reputable scientists” you mention did as well.

    • Peter_FairMarket

      Climate change is indeed cyclical, but you are smoking crack if you believe that the seven billion humans on earth have no effect on it.

  • David Waggoner

    Before reading the full article ,I thought for sure that the two Cuban Immigrants would say that it is a Communist Plot.