House GOP Candidate Tim Burns: ‘I Don’t Believe In Manmade Global Warming’

At a debate in Pennsylvania’s 12th district to fill the seat left by Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA), Republican candidate Tim Burns denied the existence of global warming, a seeming requirement this year for Tea Party support. “I don’t believe in manmade global warming,” Burns told the audience last Friday, as ThinkProgress captured in this exclusive footage:

First of all, I don’t believe in manmade global warming. And if I did, cap-and-trade would not be an appropriate way to address it.

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“I find it interesting that politicians continue to ignore the science,” Dr. Steve Hovan, chair of the Geoscience Department at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the 12th District, told ThinkProgress. “It’s a big enough problem that if we don’t start now, we may not get a handle on it.”

Read more of Dr. Hovan’s interview at the Wonk Room.