Despite previous statements questioning human activity’s role in climate change, former Texas Governor Rick Perry assured Senate Democrats in his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Energy that he believes the “climate is changing.”
“I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is caused by manmade activity,” Perry told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Thursday, reassuring skeptics that he will follow “sound science” as energy secretary.
Perry also strongly repudiated a controversial climate change questionnaire from the Trump transition team that circulated the Energy Department, which the transition team later disavowed. “I didn’t approve it. I don’t approve of it. I don’t need that information. I don’t want that information,” Perry told the committee, in no uncertain terms. (For more from the author of “Climate Squish? Rick Perry Vows to Follow ‘Sound Science’ on Climate Change” please click HERE)