Climate Science And Evolution At The GOP Debate

8 Sep

The New York Times has the full transcript of last night’s GOP debate. I’d like to draw your attention to the relevant parts of two science questions and two candidates with extremely different responses:

HARRIS [to HUNTSMAN]: You yourself have said the party is in danger of becoming anti- science. Who on this stage is anti-science?

HUNTSMAN: Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I’m saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can’t run from science. We can’t run from mainstream conservative philosophy. We’ve got to win voters. [continued..]

HARRIS [to PERRY]: Just recently in New Hampshire, you said that weekly and even daily scientists are coming forward to question the idea that human activity is behind climate change. Which scientists have you found most credible on this subject?

PERRY: Well, I do agree that there is — the science is — is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.

But the fact is, to put America’s economic future in jeopardy, asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.

HARRIS: Just to follow up quickly. Tell us how you’ve done that.

Are there specific — specific scientists or specific theories that you’ve found especially compelling, as you…

PERRY: Let me tell you what I find compelling, is what we’ve done in the state of Texas, using our ability to regulate our clean air. [continued..]

5 Responses to “Climate Science And Evolution At The GOP Debate”

  1. Art Weis September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Galileo vindicated???

  2. John R September 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm #


  3. Chris September 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Wait, Galileo was the scientist and the religious were against him. So shouldn’t Perry’s analogy be the scientists were right and the religious were wrong? Trust the scientists?

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