Perry calls for conversation on climate
During an hour-long press conference at the White House on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for an “intellectual conversation” on climate change, arguing that the issue has become far too political and divisive.
Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor and two-time presidential candidate, acknowledged humanity’s impact on the climate, but also rejected that the science is completely settled on all details.
“The climate is changing. Man is having an impact on it. I’ve said that time after time — the idea that we can’t have an intellectual conversation about just what are the actual impacts?” he said. “Why not have a conversation about that? What is the other side, the people who say the science is settled, it’s done? If you don’t believe that, you’re a skeptic.”
Mr. Perry also said he has not spoken with President Trump — who has referred to climate change as a “hoax” — about the issue and could not say whether the president believes the climate is changing, or if humans have had an effect on it.