Rick Santorum Is Beyond Confused About Climate Change (Video)

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The carnivalesque Republican primaries have now yielded yet another "front-runner" who supposedly offers true blue conservatives an "alternative" to Mitt Romney. Unfortunately for sane Americans, that means that we all have to hear about the "ideas" put forth by Rick Santorum. Previously, he was the fringiest of the fringe, notable primarily because he really, really, really hates gay marriage and abortion. He's also something of a nut, and demonstrably unable to pursue a cohesive line of thought.

As evidence, I submit the following, a transcript from a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, where's hitting the pavement before the state primary there. Asked about his views on climate change, he uttered, well, whatever this is (transcript via New Hampshire Primary):

Voter: "I was wondering how you’ve integrated your financial policies with the findings of current climate change science.

Rick Santorum:"The question is on how do I get my policies with climate change science. I get asked this question a lot, and you look at the data and you can see some change in the climate. But then again, pick a point in history where you haven’t seen a change in the climate. The climate does change. The question is, what is causing the climate to change?

And I think most scientists, in fact, I assume all scientists would agree there are a variety of factors that cause the climate change. I don’t think any scientist in the world would suggest there isn’t a variety of factors, and I think the vast majority of scientists would say there’s probably a hundred factors that cause the climate to change.

And so why have we decided that this one particular factor, carbon dioxide, is in fact that tip of the tail that wags the entire dog. Why from a scientific point of view do we make the assertion that this is in fact what is the case when there is a whole lot of other factors out there that could be affecting it? So, that’s the question.

Some people have very strong feelings that it is that. There are a lot of other people who don’t. Here’s the question. Let’s even assume, for purposes of argument, not that I agree with it, but for purposes of argument, that they are right. Then what would be a rational response?

[Ed. note: Here's where it gets really good]

Well, if you have a problem and you want to craft something, what should that thing that you’re crafting do? Solve the problem. Do any of the proposed solutions put forward by Al Gore and his friends do anything to solve the problem? Even the scientists who support the theory will admit to you that it doesn’t do anything to solve the problem. So query, why support the solution, other than you may have some other agenda that may be in place here.

Right?"

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Um, no. Almost 100% verifiably wrong. On every count. From the purported summation of facts to the circular reasoning. Hilarious, yes. But wrong.

Climate scientists are exceedingly confident that the evidence they've gathered over the last few decades shows that the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, put there by the emissions of human industry and our automobiles, is the primary driver of current climate change. That's the science. And 97% of the scientists in the field agree.

I won't even wade into the latter part of that word vomit, which, logically, breaks down something like this:

a) If you have a problem, like climate change, and
b) you want to "craft something",
c) you want the thing you've crafted to solve it. But
d) Al Gore's ideas don't "solve" global warming ...
e) Thus, the whole thing must be part of some liberal agenda.

Such airtight logic has never before been seen. President Santorum, the White House awaits!

Tags: Congress | Global Climate Change | Global Warming Effects | Global Warming Science