Gov. Rick Perry Joins (Leads?) the Ranks of the Climate Skeptics

Huffington Post
August 18, 2011

Rick Perry: Climate Scientists ‘Manipulated Data’
Lucia Graves

Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his skepticism about climate change one step further on Wednesday, telling a New Hampshire business crowd that scientists have cooked up the data on global warming for the cash. In his stump speech, Perry referenced “a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects.” Perry went on to say that “[w]e’re seeing weekly, or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what’s causing the climate to change.” According to Perry, “[y]es, our climates change. They’ve been changing ever since the earth was formed.” In an apparently unrelated remark while campaigning in New Hampshire, Governor Perry also called evolution “a theory that’s out there” that has “got some gaps in it.”