In New Hampshire, Perry Calls Global Warming 'A Scientific Theory That Has Not Been Proven'

ABC News' Amy Walter ( @amyewalter ) reports:

At his first stop in the first primary state, Texas Gov. Rick Perry questioned the validity of scientific claims of global warming.

At a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire this morning Perry suggested that the issue of global warming has been politicized and manipulated by scientists eager to get money to continue their research projects.

"I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their -- to their projects, “ said Perry, “ And I think we're seeing almost weekly or even daily scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climate's changed, they've been changing ever since the Earth was formed.”

Furthermore, noted Perry, “I don't think from my perspective that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."

This is by no means a new position for the Texas Governor. In a speech to California Republicans back in September of 2007, the Austin American Statesman quoted Perry as saying: "Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won't read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story. I'm not saying we shouldn't be good stewards of our environment. We should. I am just saying when politics hijack science, it quells true scientific debate and can have dire consequences for our future."

In 2009, Perry sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to withdraw the EPA’s recent ruling on the danger of carbon dioxide, especially in light of the recent “Climategate” scandal, which uncovered data had been manipulated and destroyed in order to falsely show a preordained result.

Whether these positions sell in the more moderate – and enviro-friendly - Northeast is another matter.

Even so, it’s interesting to note that soon after Republicans took control of the New Hampshire state House in 2010, they passed a bill that would have required New Hampshire to withdraw from a regional climate pact intended to reduce greenhouse gases. But, as the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reported this spring the state Senate “passed a measure that would allow New Hampshire to exit the accord if a major state such as Massachusetts or Connecticut withdrew. The two bills have yet to be reconciled.”

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