Perry calls for con­ver­sa­tion on cli­mate

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolf­gang

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.

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