GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Don’t Worry About Climate Change, God Has That ‘Figured Out’
Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidate dismissed the threat of climate change during Tuesday’s debate with incumbent John Hickenlooper, appealing to a higher power for his environmental policies.
“There’s people who want to believe that we’re the problem,” said Republican candidate Bob Beauprez. “I think people are the solution. We’ve cleaned up the air; we’ve cleaned up the water. We are reducing carbon emissions, and we should continue to do so.”
“Long-term climate change?” Beauprez remarked. “The Earth always changes. Can we reduce our impact? Yes. But are we going to end or alter the path that Earth’s revolution is going to take? I don’t think so. I think the Earth’s already figured that out and powers bigger than us have figured that out.”
In the past, Beauprez has gone as far as to say that people who believe humans are responsible for climate change are essentially religious zealots.
“The hysteria surrounding the question of global warming has been something to behold,” Beauprez wrote in his 2009 book, A Return to Values. “Mankind is certainly prone to following false prophets and jumping on the bandwagon du jour. It is not at all unfair to liken the global warming fervor to a religious revival or spiritual experience, with the word being spread by the true believers with similar evangelical enthusiasm.”