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

    1. Rosen Jay
    2. Petition by

      Rosen Jay

      New York, NY

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/

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    • Susan Hansen FAIRBANKS, AK
      • about 2 years ago

      Global warming/climate change is the important topic. It should not be ignored by the republican nominees in the presidential election. It should not be ignored by the media.

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    • David Grey NANAIMO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to turn the heat way up on climate change deniers like Santorum and all the others doing dirty work for big oil and coal.

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    • Tom Puleo WEST HARTFORD, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      because the lobotimized lapdog media has failed America with its faux balance and gutless pandering...and because Santorum is a turd in a sweater ... ask jay rosen, he can say it better than me

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    • Robert Doublin SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm tired of the Denialista bullshit and I want them to put up or STFU

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    • Debbie Stallard GREENSBURG, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      I would like to hear more from all of the candidates about their view toward environmental policies. All of the rest of our problems revolve around this issue and I believe it is important that it is addressed.

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