"But Mr. Perry said Wednesday that carrying out programs to reduce carbon emissions would cost “billions if not trillions of dollars.” He acknowledged that “yes, our climate has changed,” but he accused scientists of manipulating the data and was skeptical that human behavior was the cause.
“I don’t think from my perspective that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question,” he said."
Quoted in the New York Times, today, August 18, 2011. So, let me get this straight: We can and will spend "billions, if not trillions of dollars" to wage war but we will not and cannot spend that much to deal with our overtaxed environment. Now, golly gee, as Reagan use to say, that doesn't make a lot of sense to me but then neither does toting a gun around either. Ah yes, we are on hard, hard times when a buffoon like Perry appears as a thoughtful candidate.