Some Republican presidential candidates are once again playing politics with science. Rather than highlight how science can help solve societal problems, some candidates are highlighting their skepticism and distrust of science, particularly when it comes to evolution and climate change.

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) recently said: “We are seeing almost weekly or even daily scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing our climate to change.” Perry also spoke about the teaching of evolution in schools. He called evolution “a theory that’s out there” that has “got some gaps in it.”

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) has also expressed doubts about the causes of warming temperatures. “Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”

Conversely, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R) has defended science. On a recent Twitter post, Huntsman said: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

 


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