More than a hundred world leaders converged on Paris this week to take part in hugely anticipated climate talks. The accord they reach could help the planet avert a growing list of climate-related catastrophes (hey there, sea level rise).
Scientists are in near universal agreement that the climate is changing, that it's largely humanity's fault and there is "no plan B" should we fail to act. But you'd never know that if you just listened to some of the Republican presidential contenders.
Here are some of the most outrageous things the 10 leading candidates for the GOP nomination have said about climate change. Many of these statements are patently false: A single volcano does not emit more greenhouse gases than all of humanity; weather is not the same thing as the climate; and a single nation like America -- the second-largest carbon emitter on the planet -- can certainly make a difference.
Donald "It's Cold Outside" Trump
- "It’s snowing & freezing in NYC. What the hell ever happened to global warming?" -- March 2013
- “I believe in clean air. Immaculate air. But I don't believe in climate change." -- Sept. 2015
- "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!" -- October 2015
Ben "This Always Happens" Carson
- “There’s always going to be either cooling or warming going on. As far as I’m concerned, that’s irrelevant. What is relevant is that we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect our environment." -- November 2014
- "Of course there's climate change. Any point in time, temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down. Of course that's happening. When that stops happening, that's when we're in big trouble." -- September 2015
Marco "Oh, But The Jobs" Rubio
Ted "You Climate Blasphemers, You" Cruz
Jeb "Well Maybe, But I'm A Republican" Bush
Carly "I Worked With Scientists And They're All Wrong" Fiorina
- "I believe if you're going to go to science, you need to read the fine print. And here's what the scientists say: A single nation acting alone can make no difference at all." -- September 2015
- “The only answer to this problem, according to the scientist, is a three-decade global effort, coordinated and costing coordinated effort. It's impossible, are you kidding? A three-decade effort, costing trillions of dollars, coordinated with current technology? It’ll never happen.” -- September 2015
Mike "Um, Kaboom" Huckabee
Chris "Sure, But Nah" Christie
John "It's Your Kids' Problem" Kasich
Rand "Doesn't Really Know" Paul
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