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Analysis of Jeb Bush's climate statements

Posted on:  2015-11-24

See the candidate’s statements annotated by scientists

Guest comments:

William Anderegg: Acknowledges some of the science, some of the time.

Twila Moon: This candidate correctly acknowledges that climate change is largely human-caused in one case, but later statements are inaccurate or misleading.

Reviewers’ feedback:

Victor Venema: A 20 because it started so nice: “The climate is changing”. But then he contradicted this again and wrongly claimed that the climate may not be warming. A zero would also be defensible.

David Battisti: The candidate is either unfamiliar with the science, or purposely misrepresenting it.

Michael Mann: Mostly concedes the scientific evidence but downplays it by arguing that human activity is only a “contributor” to climate change when in fact it is the dominant factor.

Ryan Sriver: The candidate’s views are clearly articulated and reflect much of the current science.

Kevin Trenberth: Does not understand science, or that it is a global problem.

Emmanuel Vincent: The candidate does not reject the science altogether but does not seem to grasp the scale of the issue.


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Note on the statistical significance of the rating:

The average of the scientists’ ratings is 38 with a 99% confidence interval level of 24-53, a “Low” to “Neutral”. The AP rating for this candidate is significantly different with 64 – “Neutral” to “High”. We attribute this difference to the fact that we added two statements to the AP selection, including the quote, “It may be only partially man-made. It may not be warming by the way. The last six years we’ve actually had mean temperatures that are cooler.”

These quotes that reveal a weak understanding of climate change from the candidate likely resulted in scientists issuing a lower rating in our case.

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