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Energy Secretary Rick Perry contradicts Trump, says humans do play a role in causing climate change

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, veering from the Trump administration message on climate change, told CNBC on Wednesday he believes that human activity does play a role.

“I’m on the record as saying the climate is changing. Man, it’s been changing forever. Where have you been?” Perry said in a “Squawk Box” interview when pressed on what causes climate change. “The climate is changing. Are we part of the reason? Yeah, it is. I’ll let people debate on who’s the bigger problem here.”

Perry did not quantify whether man-made greenhouse gases associated with climate change, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning gasoline and coal or methane releases from natural gas and oil production, are the main problem or even whether they’re causing the immediate and growing crisis that Democrats contend. […]

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