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Rick Perry

On EPA:

 

  • "I'll tell you one thing: The EPA officials we have an opportunity to put in place, they're going to be pro-business, and there's not going to be any apologies to anybody about it…Those agencies won't know what hit 'em."  [Houston Chronicle, 9/6/11]
  • Obama’s “E.P.A. regulations are killing jobs all across America.”  [New York Times, 8/17/11]
  • “Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don’t need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up… You’re doing nothing more than killing jobs. It’s a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A.” [Fox News/Google Post- Debate, 9/22/11 via New York Times, 9/30/11]
  • “The EPA that is absolutely a jobs cemetery of an agency.”  [Squawk Box, 9/29/11]
  • His plan will “will eliminate activist regulations that are on the books and under consideration by the Obama Administration, which are estimated to destroy up to 2.4 million American jobs and add $127 billion in costs to electric providers and consumers.”  [Rick Perry for President]

On oil companies:

  • On BP oil spill: Perry questioned whether the spill was ‘just an act of God that occurred’ and said that any ‘politically driven’ decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. ‘From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,’ Perry said.”  [Politico, 5/3/10]

On climate change:

  • I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide. Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be good stewards of our environment. We should. I am just saying when politics hijack science, it quells true scientific debate and can have dire consequences for our future. [Rick Perry Convention Speech, 9/7/07 via ThinkProgress]
  • “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.”  [Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Debate, 9/7/11]
  • “Perry said that “just within the last couple of weeks, a renowned Nobel laureate” had said that it was “not correct” to say that there was “incontrovertible” evidence that global warming is man’s fault.  “There are scientists all across this country who are saying that,” Perry said, adding to that his own conclusion that climate change science “frankly is not proven.”…  Echoing those words, Perry told the town-hall questioner: “He said there is not incontrovertible evidence, and here’s my point. The climate has been changing … for thousands of years, and for us to take a snapshot in time and say…‘The climate change that is going on is man’s fault, and we need to jeopardize America’s economy [to fix it.]’ I’m a skeptic about that.”  [LA Times, 9/30/11]
  • “I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects,” he said. “I think we’re seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. “Yes, our climates change. They’ve been changing ever since the earth was formed.” [ABCNews, 8/17/11,   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xnxD_NSUQw&feature=player_embedded]
  • “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."  [ABCNews, 8/17/11]


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