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Presidential hopeful Rick Perry denies global warming science


Presidential hopeful Rick Perry denies global warming science

Adam Russett August 18, 2011

It has been less than a week since Texas Gov. Rick Perry has thrown his hat in the presidential race, but he is already making serious headlines. The popular Republican caused a stir most recently in New Hampshire when he questioned the validity of global warming.

ABC News reports that Perry was talking to a group of voters on Tuesday morning when he said that he believes scientists manipulate data to spin things in their favor when it comes to earning support of man-made climate change. He suggested that many scientists are stepping back from previous findings, and does not believe that the country should spend as much money on environmental initiatives.

"I don't think from my perspective that I want America 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," he told the crowd.

The view also runs counter to fellow GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, who has said in the past that global warming is real, and that human actions may be at least partly responsible.

According to the Houston Chronicle, some political analysts believe that the issue will likely come in to play with GOP voters in the future as they believe the stance on global warming is indicative of how Perry, Romney or any of the other candidates will act on similar issues.

Though it's the latest controversial statement made by Perry, it is certainly not the only one. Earlier in the week he turned heads when he said that it would be treasonous for Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke to print more currency.