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"A substantial number of scientists [have] manipulated data to keep the money rolling in," New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline quoted Perry saying on the stump in a tweet. Before that, Cline quoted Perry saying, "I do believe the issue of global warming has been politicized."

That belief is explained not by Rick Perry's deep understanding of climate science, but by this (borrowed from Think Progress).

Perry also thinks that Texas climate scientists are in a "secular carbon cult".

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has watched first hand the ravages of a warming climate first as Texas agriculture commissioner (killer droughts and record heat in 1996 and 1998) then as governor (droughts in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, with Texas’ hottest July in history). Perry declared the 1996 drought “the worst natural disaster in Texas in the 20th century.” He issued an official proclamation to pray for rain this year (it didn’t work). However, he argues that climate science is “all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight” in his book, Fed Up!

This from a guy who pals around with Dominionists.

ThinkProgress has compiled the top outlandish beliefs from pastors associated with Perry’s prayer rally:
  • Oprah is a sign of the Apocalypse
  • Blackbirds are dying because of gay soldiers
  • The Statue of Liberty is a “demonic idol”
  • Hurricane Katrina was divine retribution for the city’s “sin”
  • Gay rights movement from the “pit of hell”
  • Jesus actually opposed the minimum wage
  • Children of gay parents are like orphans of 9/11
  • African Americans are “cursed” by homosexuals

Good job, Rick.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Science Matters.

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