In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay railed against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for acknowledging the problem of global warming, arguing that it is not a true conservative stance.
Matthews asked what the “conservative” position is on climate change. DeLay replied flatly, “Man is not causing climate change.” He added that it would be “arrogance” to suggest otherwise:
Man is not causing climate change. Climate change may be a phenomenon, but there is no science to suggest that man is the cause of climate change. [...]
It is arrogance to suggest that man can affect climate change. There’s no science that supports such a notion.
In fact, the Nobel-prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported nearly a year ago that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” and that human activity is contributing to this warming. Even President Bush has acknowledged that human activity is contributing to global warming.
Apparently, DeLay considers Nobe-prize-winning scientists no match for the Hammer.
DELAY: Man is not causing climate change. Climate change may be a phenomenon, but ther is no science to suggest that man is the cause of climate change, and therefore you do not have to undermine our economy nor take people’s freedom away on something that science has not proven yet.
MATTHEWS: So that latest report from the Rocky Mountains that said that the snowpack is disappearing out there is what? Even though they said that was the result of what’s going on out there , man-made climate change. You don’t believe in it?
DELAY: Man-made climate change. It is arrogance to suggest that man can affect climate change, that no science that supports such a notion.