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Petitioning John King of CNN, moderator of the Feb. 22 Republican candidates debate
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John King of CNN, moderator of the Feb. 22 Republican candidates debate

Ask Rick Santorum if he really thinks global warming is a "hoax."

Dear John King: At the January 26 debate among Republican candidates for President, Rick Santorum criticized Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney because “both of them bought into the global warming hoax.” On February 7 he repeated the charge: Gingrich and Romney, he said, "bought into the science of man-made global warming, and they bought into the remedy, both of which are bogus."

A scientific hoax is a serious charge. It implies willful deception by the scientists involved-- in fact, trickery and fraud. If Santorum's charge is true, it would be a huge scandal.

In the case of global warming, 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences signed a letter in May, 2010 describing "the fundamental conclusions about climate change" that have emerged from climate science. Among them were:

"The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact."

"Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation."

"Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth’s climate, but are now being
overwhelmed by human-induced changes."

It would appear from his public statements during the campaign that Rick Santorum thinks these 255 scientists are part of a gigantic conspiracy, an international plot to fool the world into thinking that the earth is getting warmer.

The question now is: what does he plan to do about it? If he's serious, that is.

Will he call for a Federal investigation? The logical institution to conduct it would be the National Academy of Sciences. But seven years ago The National Academy, along with the science academies of other G8 nations, plus Brazil, China and India, signed a statement calling on governments to take action on climate change. "It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities," that statement said. In 2005. That's how long the hoax -- if in fact it is a hoax -- has been running!

Clearly there are some in the country who think Santorum might be right. They too must want to know what he plans to do about the global warming hoax and its (allegedly) bogus science. Who will investigate it?

Given all this, it is remarkable that a recent study by The Guardian and NYU's Studio 20 program (which I direct) found that of 839 distinct questions posed by moderators over 20 Republican debates--including yourself, John King--only two were about climate change. Two of 839. And neither of those was directed to Senator Santorum with his explosive charges.

So please, Mr. King. Ask Senator Santorum: Does he seriously believe that global warming is a hoax? And if he does, would he, if elected President, order an investigation into how fraud on such a massive scale could have happened?

Links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/16/gop-debates-questions-journalists

http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/policy/publications/2005/9649.pdf

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5979/689.full.pdf

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/02/santorum-i-never-believed-global-warming-hoax-113739.html

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rick-santorum-on-why-hes-most-electable-i-didnt-buy-into-global-warming-hoax/

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/14/republican-candidates-to-debate-in-arizona/


Letter to
John King of CNN, moderator of the Feb. 22 Republican candidates debate
I just signed the following petition addressed to: John King of CNN, moderator of the Feb. 22 Republican candidates debate.

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Ask Rick Santorum if he really thinks global warming is a "hoax."

Dear Jon King: At the January 26 debate among Republican candidates for President, Rick Santorum criticized Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney because “both of them bought into the global warming hoax.” On February 7 he repeated the charge: Gingrich and Romney, he said, "bought into the science of man-made global warming, and they bought into the remedy, both of which are bogus."

A scientific hoax is a serious charge. It implies willful deception by the scientists involved-- in fact, trickery and fraud. If Santorum's charge is true, it would be a huge scandal.

In the case of global warming, 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences signed a letter in May, 2010 describing "the fundamental conclusions about climate change" that have emerged from climate science. Among them were:

"The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact."

"Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation."

"Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth’s climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-induced changes."

It would appear from his public statements during the campaign that Rick Santorum thinks these 255 scientists are part of a gigantic conspiracy, an international plot to fool the world into thinking that the earth is getting warmer.

The question now is: what does he plan to do about it? If he's serious, that is.

Will he call for a Federal investigation? The logical institution to conduct it would be the National Academy of Sciences. But seven years ago The National Academy, along with the science academies of other G8 nations, plus Brazil, China and India, signed a statement calling on governments to take action on climate change. "It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities," that statement said. In 2005. That's how long the hoax -- if in fact it is a hoax -- has been running!

Clearly there are some in the country who think Santorum might be right. They too must want to know what he plans to do about the global warming hoax and its bogus science. Who will investigate it?

Given all this, it is remarkable that a recent study by The Guardian and NYU's Studio 20 program (which I direct) found that of 839 distinct questions posed by moderators over 20 Republican debates--including yourself, John King--only two were about climate change. Two of 839. And neither of those was directed to Senator Santorum.

So please, Mr. King. Ask Senator Santorum: Does he seriously believe that global warming is a hoax? And if he does, would he, if elected President, order an investigation into how fraud on such a massive scale could have happened?

Links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/16/gop-debates-questions-journalists

http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/policy/publications/2005/9649.pdf

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5979/689.full.pdf

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/02/santorum-i-never-believed-global-warming-hoax-113739.html

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rick-santorum-on-why-hes-most-electable-i-didnt-buy-into-global-warming-hoax/

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/14/republican-candidates-to-debate-in-arizona/
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Sincerely,