Santorum: Man Responsible for Climate Change is "Patently Absurd"


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Rick Santorum's campaign for the presidency isn't getting as much attention as some of his competitors, but a comment on Rush Limbaugh's radio show may change all of that. When asked if his views on climate change differ than those of Mitt Romney, who last week said that there is in fact anthropogenic climate change, Santorum didn't hold back.

"I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 -- which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas -- is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air. There's a variety of factors that contribute to the Earth warming and cooling."

Santorum went on to say that climate change is conspiracy started by the political left to increase government power. It's unknown whether those affected by the recent swell in natural disasters or those harmed by drought and fire that are leading to massive grain harvest loses agree with Santorum.

"To me, this is an opportunity for the left to create -- it's really a beautifully concocted scheme because they know that the earth is gonna cool and warm. And so it's been on a warming trend so they said, 'Oh, let's take advantage of that and say that we need the government to come in and regulate your life some more because it's getting warmer.' Just like they did in the '70s when it was getting cooler. They needed the government to come in and regulate your life because it's getting cooler."

Here's audio of the exchange:

Mr. Santorum's views are at odds with the UN, NASA, every government in the world, and most sentient beings. Unfortunately, they are quickly becoming orthodoxy in the Republican party. They would be wise to consult the National Research Council report released last month that said, "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused by human activities and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems."