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Two-Thirds of Americans Want U.S. to Join Climate Pact, While Republicans Continue to Deny Science and Public Opinion

Today, President Obama concluded his trip to the United Nations climate change summit, amid news that two-thirds of Americans want the United States to join a binding international agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

By contrast, the Republican candidates for president have continued their silence on one of the most pressing issues of our time. Worse, not only have they failed to offer any solutions, but the Republican presidential candidates have continued to deny the basic facts whenever they have the chance.

Even though 97% of climate scientists—and the majority of Americans—agree that climate change is real and likely man-made, the entire Republican presidential field doubts the reality of man-made climate change.


  • Marco Rubio disputed that humans contribute climate change and said “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” Rubio’s energy plan would “effectively nullify an international climate change accord.”
  • Jeb Bush answered “I’m a skeptic. I’m not a scientist” when asked if he believed global warming is primary man-made. He also called the idea that science is clear that climate change is caused by humans “intellectual arrogance.”
  • Ted Cruz said, “In the last 17 years, satellite data shows there’s been no warming whatsoever.”
  • Donald Trump does not believe in climate change and called it a hoax.
  • Chris Christie’s environmental policies in New Jersey include closing the Office of Climate Change.
  • Rand Paul said, “There is some question as to the validity of the science” that shows carbon emissions cause climate change.
  • Ben Carson when asked about climate change mused, “Gravity, where did it come from?”
  • John Kasich said “we shouldn’t worship the environment” and it’s not “scientifically proven” that carbon emissions cause climate change.
  • Carly Fiorina said that “we have to read the fine print” about climate change.

“It’s clear that the Republican candidates for president are more interested in pandering to a right-wing base than in looking objectively at the science and very real threat of climate change. The time to act on climate change is not today, it was yesterday. President Obama and our Democratic candidates for president understand the necessity of leading on this critical moral and national security challenge, but Republicans in Congress like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are hell-bent on blocking action, and like the rest of the Republican presidential field, continue to deny the science.” – TJ Helmstetter, DNC spokesperson


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