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Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Bush says: No.

From the Washington Post: ""The climate is changing. I don't think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted," [Bush] told roughly 150 people at a house party here Wednesday night. "And for the people to say the science is decided on this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't have a conversation about it even."... Bush said that climate change should be just "part of, a small part of prioritization of our foreign policy.""

Carson says: No.

From Bloomberg: ""There's always going to be either cooling or warming going on," the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said in an interview this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. "As far as I'm concerned, that's irrelevant. What is relevant is that we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect our environment.""

Christie says: No.

From CBS: ""I think global warming is real. I don't think that's deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it," Christie said at Republican dinner in Keene, New Hampshire in May. "The degree to which it contributes to it is what we need to have a discussion about." But [Christie] doesn't believe that programs intended to limit carbon emissions like cap and trade are effective. He called for a "global solution," rather than unilateral cuts by the U.S."

Clinton says: Yes.

From "Climate change is an urgent challenge that threatens all of us. The United States is already taking steps to invest in our clean energy future, but we need to do more. We need to take bold action to combat climate change..."

Cruz says: No.

From Time: ""If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years, there's been zero recorded warming," Cruz said in California's Orange County. "The satellite says it ain't happening." Instead, Cruz said, government researchers are reverse engineering data sets to falsify changes in the climate."

Fiorina says: No.

From the National Review: "The short version of Fiorina's argument is this: If the scientific consensus is that man-made climate change is real, there is also consensus that America, acting alone, cannot stop it. Indeed, the Chinese are only too happy to watch us constrict our economy as they capture the market in clean coal."

Graham says: Yes.

From Politico: ""If I'm president of the United States, we're going to address climate change, CO2 emissions in a business-friendly way," the [Graham] said. "I do believe that climate change is real." "When 90 percent of the doctors tell you you've got a problem, do you listen to the one?" Graham added, in a nod to the vast majority of scientists who say climate change is real and caused by human activity."

Huckabee says: No.

From Breitbart: ""I know that when I was in college I was being taught that if we didn't act very quickly, that we were going to be entering a global freezing. Go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early '70s. And were told that if we didn't do something by 1980, we'd be popsicles. Now we're told that we're all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as it is on some things.""

Jindal says: No.

From U.S. News: "Hours after assuring reporters he believed "human activity is having an impact on the climate," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - a presumptive Republican candidate for President in 2016 - told the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday that global warming amounts to "simply a Trojan horse" for more government regulation."

Kasich says: No.

From NBC News: "I think that man absolutely affects the environment. But as to whether - you know, what the impact is, the overall impact, I think that's a legitimate debate.... So of course we have to be sensitive to it, but we don't to want destroy people's jobs based on some theory that's not proven."

O'Malley says: Yes.

From "As a nation, we have made great strides toward becoming energy independent. Now is the time to accelerate that progress. The future of our country and our planet depend on it."

Pataki says: No.

From PBS: "Pataki, who co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relation's 2007 task force on the issue, believes climate change is a real and scientifically proven. In his opinion, it is best combated through private initiatives. The former governor turned environmental consultant opposes government regulation of emissions."

Paul says: No.

From the Hill: "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a recent interview that the science behind climate change is "not conclusive," calling people who tie extreme weather to a changing climate ignorant.... "What I would say is someone is an ignoramus who would say, 'Oh yeah, three hurricanes this year, this proves that somehow the climate is warming,'" Paul said."

Rubio says: No.

From CBS News: "Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe, for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there's never been a moment where the climate is not changing. The question is, what percentage of that... is due to human activity? If we do the things they want us to do, cap-and-trade, you name it, how much will that change the pace of climate change versus how much will that cost to our economy?"

Sanders says: Yes.

From "The United States must lead the world in tackling climate change, if we are to make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from polluting fossil fuels, and towards energy efficiency and sustainability."

Santorum says: No.

From the Rush Limbaugh Show: "I believe the earth gets warmer, and I also believe the earth gets cooler, and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man through the production of CO2 which is a trace gas in the atmosphere and the manmade part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all of the other factors, El Nino, La Nina, sunspots, you know, moisture in the air. There's a variety of factors that contribute to the earth warming and cooling..."

Trump says: No.

From the Wall Street Journal: "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he doesn't believe in climate change and that measures to fight it would "imperil the companies in our country."... "I believe in clean air. Immaculate air," Mr. Trump said. "But I don't believe in climate change.""

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