Head Of Department of Energy Head Says CO2 Isn’t The Main Cause of Climate Change

Climate change is real. We know it. We can see it. It’s obvious. The evidence is well beyond overwhelming. There is no real debate in the scientific community, and just about every counter argument from solar output to our relative position in the galaxy has been roundly and thoroughly debunked. And yet, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said this week that he didn’t believe carbon dioxide was the main component of global climate change, stating that the oceans and the environment are “most likely” the culprits.
Head Of Department of Energy Head Says CO2 Isn’t The Main Cause of Climate Change

That is hilarious. Laughable even because it is so utterly and completely ludicrous. One, the environment is what’s warming, unless he’s talking about the space environment (which… what???). It’s hard to say when someone is so scientifically illiterate they don’t understand even the most basic principles of the subject they’re discussing. And when it comes to the oceans, well… yeah, that’s also warming, but that’s caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations. 

“It shouldn’t be a debate about is the climate change changing, is man having an effect on it. Yeah, we are,” Perry said on CNBC’s show, Squawk Box. “The question should be… how much and what are the policy changes that we need to make to affect that.”
This is troubling, in particular, because the Department of Energy funds a huge amount of research into climate science. More than 97% state that humans are the main drivers of climate change around the world. Perry clearly agrees with that to agree — admitting that humans at least contribute to the problem. But there’s a big disconnect regarding what he sees is a reasonable course of action from this point forth.
What’s also strange here is that just a few years ago, as Vox points out, climate wasn’t so divisive. Almost everyone — even fossil fuel lovers — openly admitted that climate change should be a primary concern. Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi agreed on that back in 08. So did McCain and Obama. And Romney. And Palin. And Liberman. But, ever since we’ve started to rely upon fracking, it seems, that’s been backsliding. Almost as if there’s a broad push not to restrict new technology that, while an environmental catastrophe, makes a handful of people an embarrassing amount of cash.
I’m sure it’s worth it.