Texas Governor Rick Perry is a conservative Republican, and as such he does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity.
But on a campaign stop in Bedford, New Hampshire on Wednesday, August 17, Perry went one step further than most in the climate change denier community, proclaiming his belief that scientists drum up phony climate change data in order to make money.
As Talking Points Memo points out, climate skeptics love Perry, and this kind of rhetoric is why.
While Mitt Romney is out and about on the campaign trail agreeing with the overwhelming scientific status quo on the topic, Perry appears poised to take up a view of climate change on the presidential campaign trail that would be right at home in a Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) floor speech.
Wait – doesn’t Perry have a degree in animal science from Texas A&M?
You can watch Perry in action right here:
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