All presidential candidates graded on climate change statements

At the behest of AP, eight climate and biological scientists graded 12 presidential candidates for accuracy of their “statements on climate change” in interviews, debates, and tweets, on a scale of 0-100.

Not surprisingly, all three Democratic candidates scored the highest with Hillary Clinton receiving the best mark of 94.

Jeb Bush graded highest amongst the GOP candidates with a 64.  The bottom three were Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz, in that order.

“This individual understands less about science . . . than the average kindergartner,” a meteorology professor from Penn State wrote of Sen. Cruz’s statements. “That sort of ignorance would be dangerous in a doorman, let alone a president.”

One example of Cruz’s ignorance was when he claimed, “If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years, there’s been zero warming . . . The satellite says it ain’t happening.”

According to James Elsner of Florida State, the satellite data in fact has shown “continued warming over the past several decades.”

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Sen. Sanders was given lesser marks than both of his Democratic rivals for overstating the effects of global warming.

At the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Sanders warned that “if we do not address the global crisis of climate change . . . the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be inhabitable.”

According to Harvard professor Jim McCarthy, by the end of the 21st century there will only be a few days per decade in which it will be too hot for humans to survive outdoors.

All the candidates in the field were graded blindly, with no names attached to the statements which the scientists evaluated.


Scores for all candidates analyzed, courtesy AP.

Scores for all candidates analyzed, courtesy AP.



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