On the campaign trail last Friday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) defended his argument that climate scientists are manipulating data, saying his position is “skeptical science.” In a rambling statement, Perry fought back against the criticism by opponent Jon Huntsman Jr., who attacked Perry’s dismissal of the stance of the National Academy of Science that climate change is largely due to manmade pollution:
Jon is going to make his own decision. I just happen to believe that, you know, the earth’s temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now and there are enough scientists skeptical about the reasons for it and I happen to be one that are skeptical for us to spend billions of dollars on a theory that is not proven and that you have skeptical science against that, is not in America’s best interest.
Perry’s “skeptical science” earned him four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. Perry’s invocation of “skeptical science” also unintentionally endorsed SkepticalScience.com, a website that debunks misunderstandings of climate change. At that site, they have a numerical list of climate misconceptions: Perry’s most recent statement invoked myth #2, myth #3, myth #73, and myth #140.