Senate candidates deny climate change, discuss federal agencies to eliminate (video)

If you missed Tuesday night’s debate at Davidson College with the leading candidates in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, you missed Rev. Mark Harris, Heather Grant, Dr. Greg Brannon and House Speaker Thom Tillis all deny the existence of climate change.

Think Progress recounts the first debate of the primary season this way:

“Is climate change a fact?” the moderator asked in the video, which was posted by Buzzfeed. The questioned produced a brief flurry of laughter from the audience as well as several repressed snickers from the candidates. All four then followed with a curt “no” — though Brannon did append “God controls the climate” to his answer.

Here’s how the News and Observer’s John Frank and the Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill and Ely Portillo summed up the hour-long face off:

‘Despite the need to differentiate themselves, the four candidates found more common ground. All oppose the Affordable Care Act. All oppose medical marijuana. All want to eliminate federal agencies. All believe Russia is the biggest foreign policy threat. And all believe climate change is not a fact.

Each named different federal departments they want to eliminate: Tillis said the Department of Education and Mark Harris said Education, Energy and Commerce, Grant said the Environmental Protection Agency and Greg Brannon named four departments, Health and Human Services, Education, the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service.’

WRAL hosts a second debate this evening at 7:00 p.m., again with Harris, Grant, Brannon, and Tillis.

Some of the less well-known candidates vying for a chance to take on U.S. Senator Kay Hagan will get their chance to share their platforms on Thursday evening.

Your final chance to hear from the GOP Senate hopefuls comes Monday when UNC-TV will host a one-hour debate at 7:00 p.m. in a statewide broadcast.


  1. Jack

    April 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Whether climate change happens due to the natural order or because of industrial pollution (“greenhouse gases” is the Orwellian term that is used) – change is taking place before our eyes. Glaciers are receding and the ice caps are melting away. If politicians want to take a head-in-the-sand approach to this then we should not be surprised. Perhaps when realtors begin marketing Raleigh as water front property politicians will acknowledge that something is going on but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    April 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I am not sure what you are looking at. There are plenty of glaciers across the world that are expanding even though some are receding. Just google glaciers expanding glaciers to find out. Here is just one of the first results:

    It continually amazes me that you ultra greenies have so little intellectual curiosity that you are not willing to even look at other points of view or even facts that may cause you to question the propaganda your side puts out.

  3. Jack

    April 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    It continually amazes me is that you ultra-brownies are so myopic with information. To say that glaciers in parts of the world are receding isn’t a denial that there is glacier advancement elsewhere in the world. But when U.S. glaciers in Glacier National Park go from 150 to only 25 one has to wonder what is going on – right? What bothers me most is when politicians deny that there is an issue when they can see the it happening before their eyes. Not one GOP candidate will seriously talk about the issue because to do so means losing their place in the race for not following party policy of denial, denial. The denial of science allows the GOP to belittle scientific based findings behind what is happening. Case in point is that the GOP supports the creationist view that the earth is 6,000 years old. Of course there is no evidence presented to prove that the earth is 6,000 years old just a rebuking of those who would say otherwise.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    April 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Jack, the opposite is also true. Glaciers in Scandinavian areas increasing in similar amounts. Climate change is far from science, it has become a political agenda to keep the $$ flowing. Taht is all.

    And link to the widespread GOP “acceptance” of creationism and 6,000 years. That is just poppycock on your part

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