Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) recently said that he didn't believe in man-made climate change and claimed there was "no significant scientific evidence" to back up global warming being caused by humans.
“The climate may be changing, but I don’t think man is contributing to it,” Benishek told ABC 10 (video below).
“Well, I think it’s just the natural course of things,” added Rep. Benishek. “There is no scientific evidence that shows any of that.”
Rep. Benishek was also asked about pollution worldwide, including the U.S.
“Well, I’m not sure where it fits in, but I’m not sure there’s any evidence to prove that there’s man-made catastrophic global warming,” claimed Rep. Benishek. “Well, there’s no significant scientific evidence."
Rep. Benishek later said that he was a "scientist" and added, “You know, I believe in peer-reviewed science, but, I don’t see any peer-reviewed science that proves there is man-made catastrophic climate change.”
Rep. Benishek didn't mention the enormous amount of donations that he receives from oil and energy companies that also deny man-made climate change because they don't want to pay a tax on their pollution.
According to OpenSecrets.org, the oil and gas industry gave Rep. Benishek’s campaign $58,550 in 2013-2014.
FollowtheMoney.org reports that Rep. Benishek has received over $125,000 from the oil and gas industry since 2010.
Rep. Benishek also failed to mention that among scientists who study climate change and publish scientific papers, 97.1 percent believe that humans are causing global warming, reported IOP Science in 2013 (video below).
A report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2014 found that is "95 percent likely that human activities – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels – are the main cause of warming since the 1950s," noted JakartaGlobe.com.