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article imageEngaging with climate deniers 'a joke’ says former prez Clinton

By Lynn Herrmann     Sep 22, 2011 in Politics
New York - Former US President Bill Clinton laid it on GOP climate change deniers in New York this week at the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual meeting held in NYC, telling the group of philanthropic leaders""we look like a joke” when engaging in denial.
“If you’re an American, the best thing you can do is to make it politically unacceptable for people to engage in denial ... I mean, it makes us – we look like a joke, right? You can’t win the nomination of one of the major parties in the country if you admit that the scientists are right?” Clinton asked his conference audience, Politico reports.
Rick Perry, the controversial Texas governor seeking a presidential bid, recently told voters in New Hampshire, “I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” according to Huffington Post.
But at the initiative, Clinton said it’s time to rethink such thinking. “If you listen to Rush Limbaugh, and he tells you that climate change is a hoax ... If you don’t know better, if you haven’t seen better,” then you’ll probably continue denying climate change science, TreeHugger reports. “You have to change the experience of people.”
The former president went on to discuss some of the countries most likely to be impacted by global warming’s effects. “I think it’s quite possible that the Maldives won’t be here in 30 or 40 years,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
There are, however, some GOP candidates willing to accept climate change and the proof offered by science. Speaking at a recent Republican presidential debate, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman noted, “When you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call to question evolution, all I'm saying is that in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science,” HuffPo reports.
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