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Rick Perry Accuses Climate Scientists of Manipulating Research for Money

17 Aug 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: General Political

GOP Presidential contender Rick Perry, who has called climate change a “contrived phony mess,” demonstrated his disdain for science Wednesday, when he accused climate scientists of manipulating data for money.

While at a Politics and Breakfast event in Bedford, New Hampshire Perry responded to a question from retired Republican legislator and technology investor Jim Rubens asking Perry to reconcile his position as a climate change denier with that of the National Academy of Sciences.

Citing the fact that the “National Academy of Sciences, an independent body of our nation’s most esteemed scientists, has concluded that fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming,” Ruben asked whether Perry’s position questions the nation’s scientific process.  “If observed scientific data and the National Academy of Sciences are both wrong on an issue involving thousands of scientists, and an issue as prominent as global warming,” Rubens asked, “doesn’t this call into question the entire science discovery process that forms the foundation of a hundred years of America’s technological preeminence?”

“You may have a point there, because I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized,” Perry responded. “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”

Perry essentially accused 98% of the world’s climate researchers of corruption.

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