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Rick Santorum On Why He’s Most Electable: I Didn’t Buy Into ‘Global Warming Hoax’

During the last question of the night at the Florida GOP presidential debate on CNN, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Rick Santorum why he was the candidate most likely to defeat President Obama. Santorum explained his differences with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, giving a laundry list of policy contrasts, perhaps most notably on climate change. “Cap and trade!” Santorum exclaimed. “Both of them bought into the global warming hoax!”

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Santorum’s blunt climate denial blew the minds of much of Twitter — which briefly made his response a trending topic.

The typically unshockable Ben Smith of BuzzFeed tweeted incredulously, “Santorum: “Global warming hoax.” Haven’t heard him say that before.” Grist’s David Roberts schooled Smith by saying he’s said it many, many times.

For instance, Santorum told Glenn Beck last summer, “there was no such thing as global warming“:

Beck: What about global warming?

Santorum: There is no such thing as global warming. It is, in my opinion, there are hundreds of factors that cause the Earth to warm and cool, and the trace gas — of which human participation in this trace gas — is …

Despite Santorum’s statement, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is causing climate change.

Watch Santorum’s global warming exchange below via CNN:

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