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Fineman: Perry Over His Head On Climate Change

Breaking: I’ll do a longer post tomorrow on the debate, but for now, here’s Howard Fineman at HuffPost:

Perry Over His Head On Climate Change

Rick Perry just bought the farm on climate change. He came off as dangerously in over his head. He said that despite the fact that most credible scientists think that human activity has something to do with climate change, he was not convinced.

“Galileo was outnumbered for a spell!” he declared. He got the analogy exactly wrong. Galileo was the scientist; the church and its allies, who knew nothing about the scientific method, were lined up against him. He never answered the question about which scientists he had consulted. He suddenly looked like the guy Karl Rove says he is, “a guy who only cares about soundbites.”

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The League of Conservation Voters just sent out this fact sheet about Perry’s statement on climate science at the debate:

LCV FACT CHECK: Perry Goes Against 97% of Scientists, Challenges Settled Climate Science

In tonight’s NBC News/POLITICO presidential debate, Rick Perry wrongly stated that the science is not settled on climate change. LCV released the following fact check in response:

QUOTE: “The science is not settled on this.”

FACT: 97% of climate scientists agree that humans play a role in causing global warming. [CNN, 1/19/09]

After a five year investigation requested by Congress, the National Academy of Sciences confirmed in 2010 that “Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities, and poses significant risks to humans and the environment.” [LA Times, 5/20/10; National Academy of Sciences, 2010–11]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which includes the input of thousands of scientists, from 130 countries ruled in 2007 that the existence of global warming was unequivocal and that the likelihood that global warming was caused by humans was greater than 90%. [New York Times, 6/2/07]

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