Bernie Sanders can’t get Rick Perry to admit climate change is a crisis

Bernie Sanders can’t get Rick Perry to admit climate change is a crisis.
For at least the third time this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders pressed a nominee of President-elect Donald Trump to admit global warming is a crisis.

But Rick Perry, nominated to lead the Department of Energy, wouldn’t budge.

“Let’s get beyond the rhetoric,” Sanders said. “The majority of scientists who study this issue feel that climate change is a global crisis. It’s not a question of balancing this and balancing that. It’s a global crisis, which requires massive cuts in carbon and the transformation of our energy system. How do you respond to that?”

“I like getting past the rhetoric, sir,” Perry responded. “And getting past the rhetoric is looking at the record. It’s important to look at the 12th largest economy in the world while I was the governor because you’re asking me.”

Sanders’ tone was notably less fiery than when he probed Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), the interior secretary nominee, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), Trump’s controversial pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Still, the former Democratic presidential contender cut off Perry.

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