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Former Republican Senator Just Tried to Claim That Climate Scientists Are Driven by Money, and People Are Dragging Him Hard

Former Republican Senator Just Tried to Claim That Climate Scientists Are Driven by Money, and People Are Dragging Him Hard
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Ummm...

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) suggested on Sunday that climate scientists are driven by money, following the release of a devastating new report outlining the current and future consequences of unchecked climate change.

The study, which predicted up to a ten percent drop in GDP in coming decades because of climate change, was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving so it would go largely unnoticed by the public.


"Good for them," Santorum chuckled during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union. This prompted host Dana Bash to recoil in her response: “Alright, well, at least you guys are transparent about it."

Santorum charged that the latest report was "generated by people who are in the bureaucracy. These are not Trump appointees.”

Citing President Donald Trump, who has dubbed climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese, said that the climate will "go back," and that scientists "have a political agenda," Santorum dug his heels in.

″I think the point that Donald Trump makes is true, which is ― look, if there was no climate change, we’d have a lot of scientists looking for work,” Santorum said. “The reality is that a lot of these scientists are driven by the money that they receive.” Neither of Santorum's or Trump's comments is true.

A gasp can be heard in the studio as Santorum continues his assault on objective reality.

You can watch the clip below:

"And of course the money they receive isn't from big corporations... because it's tainted," Santorum said, adding that he "believes" scientists are being funded by people "who support their agenda."

"No one doubts that the climate is changing," the Republican pundit said. "The question is how much does man contribute" (nearly all of it, according to scientists), and "what can man do to actually change it?" Incredibly, Santorum then boasted that no one is asking these questions.

The madness did not end there, however.

When challenged by fellow panelist Symone Sanders, who mentioned the wildfires in California, Santorum blamed the blazes on "the forestry policies of the state of California." Trump last week falsely said that a lack of raking leaves was the cause of the worst infernos in California history. The fires are a direct result of a warming planet.

Santorum is a paid political commentator who has no scientific training or qualifications to negate the science of climate change.

Thus, Santorum and his employer CNN got savaged on Twitter.

CNN is "completely nuts" for letting Santorum speak on this issue, wrote Media Matters' John Whitehouse.

Indeed, letting Santorum spread climate conspiracies is "a major dereliction of duty" by CNN.

CNN is "doing real harm to their credibility" by employing Santorum, who offered no evidence to support his claims (because there is none).

Why is CNN not hiring experts to give the public accurate information?

Santorum's assertions about scientists raking in money are completely unfounded and utterly ridiculous.

Where, then, are all the rich scientists?

Money does drive one aspect of climate change - denial.

Follow the "dark money." It goes to people such as Santorum.

Some people think scientists should be treated like "rock stars."

Really, CNN?

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