Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) on Sunday claimed without evidence that climate scientists “are driven by the money that they receive.”
If there was no climate change, we’d have a lot of scientists looking for work. The reality is that a lot of these scientists are driven by the money that they receive,” the conservative political commentator said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“And of course they don’t receive money from corporations and Exxon and the like. Why? Because they’re not allowed to, because it’s tainted. But they can receive it from people who support their agenda. And that, I believe, is what’s really going on here,” he added.
Santorum’s comments come after the Trump administration on Friday published a dire report that warned of catastrophic climate change.
Compiled as a result of collaboration by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 federal government and independent scientists, the bombshell report warns that unchecked climate change will impact human health, safety, and cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars.
Santorum said Sunday that the report was “generated by people who are in the bureaucracy.”
“These are not Trump appointees,” he said.
“No one doubts that the climate is changing,” he added.
“No one doubts that. The question is how much does man contribute, No. 1, and No. 2, how much can man do to change it?”
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ABC News reports:
Another of Santorum’s post-Senate employers has been Consol Energy Inc., a Pennsylvania firm that describes itself as the leading diversified fuel producer in the eastern United States, responsible for mining more high-quality bituminous coal than any other U.S. producer.