“You repute the National Academy of Science’s findings that fossil fuels contribute to global warming,” a voter reminded Perry. “I’m wondering where you are getting your science, apart from Nobel laureates who are electrical engineers.”
Here is a video and transcript of Rick Perry's response:
There is a substantial group of scientists out there who are skeptical about the ‘incontrovertible’ statements that global warming is due mainly to man’s involvement. What is true is that our temperatures have gone up and down for millennium.
And the issue is this – should American jeopardize its economy with a cap and trade type of legislation and base it on science that is still not settled.
Now I know there are a lot of scientists out there who say, “Oh, yes it is.” But when you have Nobel laureates who stand up along with other scientists and say, “You know, let’s not rush into this.” Because the fact is, China is going to be out there not involved in any agreement at all. India’s involved in no agreement at all from the standpoint of limiting those CO2 greenhouse gases. And we live in a big ball. And that emissions are going to impact the world.
The issue is, are we as an America going to jeopardize the future of this country by putting into place a program that there are still enough skeptics in my book to stand with them and say, “You know what, I don’t believe that manmade global warming is settled in science enough for us to justify a economic impact on this country that could be devastating to the future.”
The question was a follow up to a similar one posed by a voter at Perry’s first Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire, held in Derry on Friday. Perry mentioned, but did not identify by name, a Nobel laureate who supposedly shares his skepticism on climate. L.A. Times reporter Paul West writes that the Nobel prize winner in question is Ivar Giaver, who won the award in 1973 for his work on superconductors.