Energy Sec. Rick Perry: It’s ‘So Inappropriate’ to Brand Climate Skeptics as ‘Neanderthals’

We still don’t know if President Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, as he’s stated over the years on Twitter. But his Energy Secretary is now on record as saying continued skepticism is warranted. Appearing on Squawk Box Monday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered a boisterous defense of climate change skeptics. “This idea that science is just absolutely settled and if you don’t believe it’s settled then you’re somehow another Neanderthal, that is so inappropriate from my perspective,” Perry said. “I think if you’re going to be a wise, intellectually engaged person, being a skeptic about some of these issues is quite alright.” The former Texas governor also stated his disagreement with the almost-universal conclusion of the scientific community that carbon dioxide is the driving force behind climate change. “Most likely, the primary control knob is the ocean waters, and this environment that live in,” Perry said. “The fact is, this shouldn’t be a debate about, ‘Is the climate changing? Is man having an effect on it?’ Yeah, we are. The question should be just how much? And what are the policy changes we need to make to effect that?” The AP consulted seven climate scientists on whether carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. All seven disagreed with the Energy Secretary (and EPA Director Scott Pruitt) and said that it was. Watch above (the relevant remarks start around the 6-minute mark), via CNBC. [featured image via screengrab] —— Follow Joe DePaolo (@joe_depaolo) on Twitter

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