What The Candidates Say About Climate Change
This morning on the Fox Business Network, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said “I’ve talked about climate change. I think there is such a thing,” making him stand out among rivals who question climate change science.
Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about various candidates’ positions on climate change:
- Donald Trump: “I am not a believer and unless somebody can prove something to me … I believe there’s weather, I believe there’s change and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again and it changes depending on years and centuries.”
- Marco Rubio: “We are not going to destroy our economy, we are not going to make America a harder place to create jobs in order to pursue policies that will do absolutely nothing, nothing, to change our climate, to change our weather, because America is a lot of things. The greatest country in the world? Absolutely. But America is not a planet and we are not even the largest carbon producer anymore, China is.”
- John Kasich: “I do not know how much that individuals affect the climate but here’s what I do know: I know that we need to develop all of the renewables and we need to do it in an orderly way, and we need to have wind and we need to have solar.”
- Bernie Sanders: “We need to be bold and decisive. We can create millions of jobs. We must, for the sake of our kids and grandchildren, transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”
- 2015 NPR chart shows where candidates stand on climate change