Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham Splits With Republicans On Climate Change

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Republicans have provoked a good deal of ire for their habit of denying climate change, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is breaking away from that stereotype.

During an interview on “Late Night” with Seth Meyers, the presidential candidate was asked if he was surprised by the number of Republicans who won’t acknowledge climate change, ThinkProgress reported.

Graham replied: “I know I’m not a scientist, but here’s the problem I’ve got with some people in my party: When you ask the scientists what’s going on, why don’t you believe them? If I went to 10 doctors and nine said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna die,’ and one says ‘You’re fine,’ why would I believe the one guy?”

Other Republican presidential candidates have denied the possibility of man-made climate change, although 97 percent of scientists believe it’s a legitimate phenomenon.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have all denied climate change, Talking Points Memo reported. The other candidates, with the exception of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have avoided the issue. Christie also believes climate change is a problem.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, ThinkProgress Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr