ASSESSING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON CLIMATE CHANGE
By Dr. Ed Berry, PhD, Physics
November 3, 2015
Are you tired of our government forcing you to pay for the climate hoax?
Then you should vote for a presidential candidate who will stop the climate hoax.
Thousands of our best atmospheric scientists have shown why our carbon dioxide emissions do not change climate. But our government will promote this hoax until we elect a president who will stop the climate hoax.
Mitt Romney would have stopped the climate hoax had we elected him in 2012. But Romney was "not good enough" for many tea party evangelicals. Oath Keepers leaders Stewart Rhodes and Chuck Baldwin campaigned against Romney.
So America elected Obama for another 4 years. Now he promotes the climate hoax that distorts America's economy and removes scientific reasoning from our schools, universities, media, and the general public.
Climate hoax believers know nothing about climate or science. They don't know climatism is not environmentalism. Worse, they don't know they don't know, so they block their minds to new information.
Senator Ted Cruz showed Sierra Club's president knows nothing about climate or science. Yet, the Sierra Club will continue to promote the climate hoax. It's their religion.
The climate hoax is the basis of EPA's effort to shut down America. Government uses the hoax to make you to pay for wind farms, solar facilities, and tax credits for Prius's and Tesla's.
Ben Carson said climate change is irrelevant. He's wrong. Only strong action by our next president will stop the government's climate hoax.
Therefore, I have graded each candidate from zero to 100 on his or her ability to stop the climate hoax. It is not a climate science grade. It's a power grade of the candidate's strength to stand up against the media and environmental groups that promote the climate hoax.
I used many sources for information. Where possible, I show candidate quotes. I added my comments so you can understand my reason for my score.
You will not be surprised that all Democrat candidates score zero.
may be surprised that four Republican candidates - Kasich, Carson, Christy,
and Fiorina - also score zero. They won't stop the government's climate
Only Trump and Cruz score 100. If you want to stop the climate hoax, choose a candidate who scores at least 60. Tea party voters who support a candidate who scores 50 or below are hypocritical.
Hillary Clinton - zero
Climate change is “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.”
“It’s hard to believe that there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change, who would rather remind us they are not scientists than listen to those who are.”
“No matter what the deniers may say, sea levels are rising, icecaps are melting, storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc. Thirteen of the top 14 warmest years in recorded history have all occurred since 2000.”
Clinton said the Environmental Protection Agency’s CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan must be “protected at all cost.”
Clinton will set two national goals on her first day as president: (1) have more than half a billion solar panels installed by the end of her first term and (2) generate enough power with renewable energy to power every home in the U.S. within 10 years.
Ed: Hillary thinks climate warming us by 0.5 degrees C is more dangerous than a nuclear bomb warming us by 6000 degrees C.
Bernie Sanders - zero
“Unless we take bold action to address climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they?”
“Why didn’t the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community told us would surely come?”
Sanders led the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. He introduced (with Sen. Barbara Boxer) legislation to tax carbon and methane emissions. He secured $3.2 billion in the economic stimulus package for greenhouse gas emission-reduction grants.
Donald Trump - 100
Trump criticized Obama for “the billions it pissed away” investing in failed green energy projects. Trump says global warming is a hoax created so the United States would not be competitive in manufacturing.
“It’s snowing & freezing in NYC. What the hell happened to global warming?”
Ed: Trump won't be swayed by climate hoax promoters. He will choose an expert science adviser, like maybe Princeton Physics Professor Will Happer. He already choose Carl Icahn for Secretary of Treasurer. Can't do better than that. Trump will give Cruz an important part in his administration, maybe VP.
Libertarian leader Wayne Allyn Root says only Trump can beat Hillary.
Ted Cruz - 100
Ted Cruz said global warming is not happening and is a “pseudoscientific theory.”
“Satellite data shows there has been no significant recorded warming — none. When the satellites are measuring the temperature, it’s not happening.”
Politicians who want more control over people’s lives push climate change.
Bobby Jindal - 90
Bobby Jindal said climate is perpetually changing and questioned the role humans play in it.
“Global warming has become a religion for many on the Left. For most radical environmentalists, their response to any questioning of their views on climate change is simply to yell ‘Heretic!’ This is not a logical, rational, or scientific way of approaching public policy.”
Rick Santorum - 80
Rick Santorum said climate change is a hoax and advocated for an energy plan that relies heavily on fossil fuels.
“We were put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the earth’s benefit.”
“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good on, which is theology and morality.”
Jeb Bush - 70
“I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted.”
“For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality.”
Marco Rubio - 70
“The climate is always changing. The climate is never static. The question is whether it’s caused by man-made activity and whether it justifies economically destructive government regulation.”
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it."
Rubio, who is Catholic, said, "I have no problem with what the pope did. He is a moral authority and as a moral authority is reminding us of our obligation to be good caretakers of the planet. I'm a political leader and my job as a policymaker is to act in the common good. And I do believe it's in the common good to protect our environment."
"But I also believe it's in the common good to protect our economy. There are people all over this planet and in this country who have emerged from poverty in large respect because of the availability of affordable energy. It creates industries. It makes the cost of living lower. And we have to take that into account as well."
Ed: Rubio understands the importance of affordable energy but he is open to government action to "address climate change."
Rand Paul - 50
Paul says the science behind climate change is inconclusive and that many environmentalists are alarmists.
He voted against laws that acknowledge climate change is a fact or that recognize human activity as a primary factor driving it.
Paul said there needs to be a balanced solution that takes job loss from government regulation into account.
“I don’t want to shut down all forms of energy such that thousands and thousands of people lose jobs.”
Ed: Paul does not know that science shows our carbon dioxide emissions are irrelevant to climate change.
Mike Huckabee – 40
“Whether it’s man-made or not, I know that when I was in college, I was being taught if we didn’t act very quickly that we were going to be entering a global freezing. And, you know, go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early ‘70s. And we were told if we didn’t do something by 1980, we would be popsicles. Now we’re all told we’re all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as is it on some things.”
Ed: Huckabee does not state a good reason why climate change is a hoax.
John Kasich - zero
“This isn’t popular to always say, but I believe there is a problem with climates, climate change in the atmosphere. I don’t know how much there is, but I also know the good Lord wants us to be good stewards of his creation. And so, at the end of the day, if we can find these breakthroughs to help us have a cleaner environment, I’m all for it.”
Ben Carson - zero
“The way the earth rotates on its axis, how far away it is from the sun. These are all very complex things. Gravity, where did it come from? I mean, there are so many things.”
“I do believe in micro-evolution, or natural selection. But I believe that God gave the creatures He made the ability to adapt to their surroundings. Because He’s very smart. He didn’t want to start over every 50 years.”
“Is there climate change? Of course there’s climate change. Any point in time temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down. When that stops happening, that’s when we’re in big trouble.”
“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.”
"What is important is that we recognize that we have an obligation to take care of our environment. I don't care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, if you have any thread of decency in you, you want to take care of the environment because you know you have to pass it on to the next generation. There is no reason to make it into a political issue."
Ed: Carson is a good man but a scientific disaster. His reasons make him open to actions to "stop climate change" to care for our environment. He will fall for the illogical precautionary principle like McCain did.
Dick Morris says "Hillary would eat Ben Carson alive."
Carly Fiorina - zero
“There is a lot of consensus among the scientists that climate change is real and human activity contributes to it. There is also absolute consensus among the same scientists that a single nation acting alone can make no difference at all.”
“We can shut down everything in this country and it will make no difference because the scientists are clear. To really combat this, we need an effort that is global in scope over many decades, costing trillions of dollars.”
Ed: Fiorina believes in the 97 percent lie. Surely Carly is intelligent enough to figure out this statement is a lie. If she does her homework properly, I will raise her score.
Chris Christie - zero
“Climate change is real and it’s impacting our state. There’s undeniable data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are increasing.”
“When you have over 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role, it’s time to defer to the experts.”
© 2015 Edwin X Berry, PhD – All Rights Reserved
Ed Berry is editor and publisher of edberry.com based in Bigfork,
Montana. He has a PhD in Physics, is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist,
and an expert in climate change who takes the position that our
carbon dioxide emissions are insignificant to climate change.