Perry Says He Doesn’t Believe In Global Warming

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) – GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednesday that he does not believe in man-made global warming, calling it a scientific theory that has not been proven.

“I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: “I don’t think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.”

His comments came at a packed breakfast meeting with local business leaders in a region known for its strong environmental policies. And he made his global warming comment in response to a question by an audience member who cited evidence from the National Academy of Sciences.

But Perry’s opinion runs counter to the view held by an overwhelming majority of scientists that pollution released from the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the planet. Perry’s home state of Texas releases more heat-trapping pollution carbon dioxide — the chief greenhouse gas — than any other state in the country, according to government data.

Global warming has become an issue for contenders for the Republican nomination to run away from, since many conservatives question overwhelming evidence showing climate change is happening and the big government solutions to stem it.

Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney — who all at one point supported steps to curb global warming pollution — have since tempered their stances. But unlike Perry, both Romney and Huntsman acknowledge the scientific evidence.

On Wednesday, Perry promised to return regularly to a state that was not kind to a past Texas governor; Arizona Sen. John McCain upset GOP front-runner and former Texas Gov. George W. Bush here in the 2000 presidential primary.

For many New Hampshire voters, Wednesday offered their first close look at the longtime Texas politician, who formally launched his White House bid over the weekend.

At the breakfast, Perry also questioned the loyalty of the Federal Reserve, just days after saying that if the Federal Reserve puts more money in the U.S. system, it could be considered a treasonous act that would be treated “pretty ugly” back home.

He noted the criticism he took for the comment, but did not back away from them. And he called on the institution to open its books.

“It would go a long way toward either finding out whether or not there is some activities that are improper of that they’ve been handling themselves quite well,” he said. “But until they do that, I think there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States.”

Perry also said he would not have signed the debt-ceiling compromise brokered by congressional leaders and the White House to avoid a national default.

“No I would not have signed it,” he said. “We got to quit spending money.”

Perry was meeting with more business leaders Wednesday before touring the seacoast region Thursday.

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One Comment

  1. C Bauer says:

    So what?! It IS a theory that hasn’t been proven. So is the suggestion the climate change is naturally cyclical. So is the assertion over the existence of God. So is evolution. NONE OF IT is provable like gravity is provable, like 1+1 is provable, etc. Most of what we think or believe in IS theory. Why attack him for the simple fact that he, like everyone else, chooses to believe in one thing or the other? Jesus H. Christ, enough already! He just announced his candidacy less than a week ago, and I’ve already seen over a dozen different stories on him so far. I hope he does NOT get the nomination, but still, ENOUGH ALREADY!

  2. Hoo says:

    Why is this news? Most thinking people understand that “global warming” is nothing more than a giant farce! I don’t agree with the Governor on a number of issues, but on this one he is right on!

  3. There is No God says:

    You idiots who believe in some magical god in the sky in takes care of things yet won’t believe in sciencists who study the environment for hundreds of years. Why not imprison them like the Pope did hundreds of years ago for saying the sun not the earth was the center of the universe or for saying things like the world is round??? In the 50 plus years I have been alive I have seen 2 record breaking summers never before recorded! If you think a magical god takes care of everything in science is stupid stop going to doctors and hospitals. Stop taking any medications. Because of science we learn about how to do things better.

    1. C Bauer says:

      It’s still a theory, idiot. You DO know the scientific difference between hypothesis, theory, and law, correct?

      Regarding your idiotic rant about two of the hottest summers on record, let me throw out something in regard to extreme climate change – THE ICE AGE. Ever heard of it? It was a little thing that happened millions if not billions of years before the Industrial Revolution.

      “sciencists” – LOL… you moron.

      1. TX Atheist says:

        LOL… and OWNED! Well played, Bauer!

      2. Moron See Bauer says:

        According to all you bible thumpers the world is only about 10 thousand years old and dinosaurs lived when humans walked the earth. So there wasn’t really an ice age if you go by the bible right?

      3. C Bauer says:

        Who said I go by the Bible, idiot? I’M AN ATHEIST, TOO! All I’m saying is global warming is a theory just as other climate change theories are just that – THEORIES, including those spouted by right-wingers about all this being cyclical. NOBODY has proven a g-dd-mn thing yet!

      4. Fred D says:

        Do you know the difference?

    2. RussP says:

      Studying the envirinment for only a hundred years or so is the farce. Our environmental swings take place of tens of thousands of years. Curt Stager in his book “Deep Future” talks of temperature swings over the last 300,000 years as the earth moves from glacial periods to hot times like we’re heading for now. While man has a minor effect now and will have some on future events, it’s not much in the grand scheme of things. His work is based on core samples taken from both poar ice caps and from areas of the rain forests and different deserts.

  4. NiteNurse says:

    In a few years all you global warming non believers who don’t follow the warnings of the scientists who use actual data to measure the changes in our environment will understand. Then when our earth is wrecked from the selfish humans who care nothing but polluting our environment you’ll spend tons of money for a glass of water and wonder what happened?

    1. C Bauer says:

      Not ALL scientists interpret that data the same and come to identical conclusions. There are just as many scientists who are not so fast to close the books on this phenomenon and assume one thing over another.

      1. C Bauer says:

        We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these f–king people kidding me? Save the planet?! We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the f–king planet? I’m getting tired of that sh!t. Tired of that sh!t. I’m tired of f–king Earth Day, I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a sh!t about the planet. They don’t care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

        Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are f–ked. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun?

        The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles…hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages…And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?! The planet…the planet…the planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE!

        We’re going away. Pack your sh!t, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little Styrofoam. Maybe. A little Styrofoam. The planet will be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.

        You wanna know how the planet’s doing? Ask those people at Pompeii, who are frozen into position from volcanic ash, how the planet’s doing. You wanna know if the planet’s all right, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble, if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. Or how about those people in Kilowaia, Hawaii, who built their homes right next to an active volcano, and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.

        – George Carlin

  5. Bob Guidry says:

    That there Perry fella knows that evilution and glowball warming r just them fancy edgamicated left wingers trying to take God away from us and makes us all sewshulist book reeders. If anybody knows sience it be he !

  6. JSpencer says:

    Of course he would say he doesn’t believe in global warming. After all, Texas is oil country. Oh, it is also home to towns that have had a 100 temperature for 104 days in a row, a record of course, and dry, barren lands where farmers have lost $5 billion.

    Perry is a puppet of the Koch Brothers, oil and chemical tycoons, who have been paying millions to Governors and others to say global warming is bunk.

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