Congressman Blumenauer Educates Rick Perry on Climate Science

June 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – In an interview today on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry denied that CO2 emissions are primarily responsible for climate change, stating instead that “the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.” In response, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today sent a letter to Perry with educational materials outlining the basic established science behind climate change.

Blumenauer and 32 of his colleagues sent the same materials to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in March following Pruitt’s similar comments on CO2 emissions.

“This is a disturbing case of déjà vu, as two of the administration’s top energy and environment ‘leaders’ continue to ignore basic climate science,” said Blumenauer. “Their assertions are wrong and go against conclusions drawn by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and 97 percent of climate scientists. Their jobs demand at least a basic understanding of established science, and the American people demand climate action.” 

The full text of Blumenauer’s letter to Secretary Perry is below:

Dear Secretary Perry:

Please find enclosed a copy of materials 32 of my colleagues and I sent to EPA Administrator Pruitt after he claimed on CNBC’s Squawk Box that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change.  Your appearance on the same show and remarks to the same effect make clear that you too need to read the enclosed reports.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress

Enclosed with the letter was a copy of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Literacy Guide, a climate-oriented approach for learners of all ages. This guide was developed by current climate scientists, formal and informal educators, and representatives of a range of U.S. agencies in order to explain a number of important concepts behind climate change. In addition, the letter included a copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis report, and the highlights from the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment.