By the looks of things Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo doesn’t have a hope in heck of winning the 2008 nomination, and he’s not helping himself much by making incorrect claims about the state of global warming science.
At June 23rd townhall meeting in Littleton, New Hampshire, Tancredo states that:
Most evidence does not substantiate the claim that it [global warming] is caused by human activity, or at least to the extent that it would change things one way or the other.”
Watch it here:
Tancredo also states that, “there’s a pile of studies this high that says ‘yes it’s caused by man’… and there’s a pile of studies [equally] high that says ‘no it’s not,’ that it’s a natural phenomenon.”
“…and it’s almost audacious to think that humans can actually change this pattern.”
These statement fly in the face of the most recent reports by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has concluded with over 90% certainty that the increased concentrations of man-made heat-trapping gases caused most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since 1950.
And to his own political peril Tancredo is also ignoring a recent CNN opinion poll finding that the majority of Americans (54%) believe that global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories. When you couple these findings with another poll finding that one-third of Americans cited global warming as the world’s single largest environmental problem, it is clear that Tancredo is on the wrong side of the issue.
Americans are waking up to the issue of global warming and want to see something done about it, that is clear. What remains unclear is what Tancredo is thinking. By ignoring the science and making misleading statements about the realities of global warming Tancredo is ensuring that his presidential candidacy numbers stay in the single digits.