The American Meteorological Society is blasting Energy Secretary Rick Perry, saying that he lacks a “fundamental understanding of the science” behind climate change.
“It is critically important that you understand that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the primary cause. This a conclusion based on the comprehensive assessment of scientific evidence,” the American Meteorological Society said in a letter to Perry Wednesday.
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The letter is in response to false claims Perry made during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.
Perry was asked if he believes CO2 is the main factor driving fluctuating Earth and climate temperatures. He said “no,” adding that he thinks “most likely” the ocean waters and the environment are the main drivers.
More than 97 percent of climate scientists attribute rising temperatures to human activity, according to NASA.
The weather group in its letter cited scientific evidence showing that an increase in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are the primary cause of climate change.
“Without this fundamental understanding of the science, it is impossible to discuss potential policy changes in meaningful ways,” the letter reads. “DOE programs have a major role to play in developing and informing the solutions for our nation’s future energy needs, so it is especially important that the best possible science and understanding is applied to policy issues with respect to DOE programs.”