Rick Perry Repeats Climate Change Skepticism: 'I'm Not Afraid'

Rick Perry Repeats Climate Change Skepticism: 'I'm Not Afraid'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his position on man-made global warming this weekend, telling New Hampshire voters that he's "not afraid" to call himself a climate change skeptic.

"For us to take a snapshot in time and to say that what is going on in the country today, the climate change that is going on is man's fault and we need to jeopardize America's economy, I'm a skeptic about that," Perry told a man in Derry, N.H., Friday night who pressed him about his position on climate change. "I'm not afraid to say I'm a skeptic about that."

Perry backed up his position again Saturday morning at another town hall in Hampton, N.H. "Where are you getting your science" that fossil fuels don't contribute to global warming, an audience member asked Perry, according to Patch.com.

Perry responded that temperatures have gone up and down for millennia, and that it's not worth putting the U.S. economy at risk based on "science that is still not settled."

He said there are "still enough skeptics in my book" to stand with them in saying that "I don't believe man-made global warming is settled in science enough."

Perry's comments echo statements he's made earlier this summer.

"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change," the Texas governor said in August during another swing through New Hampshire.

President Barack Obama criticized Perry's climate change skepticism during a recent fundraiser in California.

"I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?" Obama said. "You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change."

WATCH Perry's statements on climate change earlier this summer:

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