No, not on whether climate change is a man-made issue: Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Sarah Palin generally are on the same page. It’s just whether President Barack Obama should make the trip to Copenhagen this week:
“I think the president has every right to go to Copenhagen. He has made environmentalism a part of his agenda. I have no problem with that,” Barton said in an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program to be aired Sunday.
Barton said he is “appreciative” of the fact that Obama is attending and that the U.S. “needs to be engaged.” But Barton also said he hoped Obama is “open-minded” enough to see a need to take a “step back” and “check the facts” around climate science.
Barton is among the leading congressional skeptics on global warming and strongly opposes requiring emissions curbs. He argues that now-infamous e-mails among scientists hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. have highlighted faulty evidence of warming.
“What I am interested in is the truth. What I am interested in is getting the facts. What I am interested in is true, honest research, and then we will make some policy decisions, but we certainly don’t need to do that now,” he said.