Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush responded to President Barack Obama’s claim that climate change runs an immediate risk to national security on Wednesday.
The Republican presidential hopeful said that it’s “arrogant” to say that the scientific community has come to a consensus on man-made climate change, CNN reported. He stated that while Earth's climate is rapidly changing, scientific research has not been able to clearly portray how much of the change is caused by humans.
"I don't think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted. For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you," he said at a New Hampshire house party.
"It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality," he continued.
Mr Bush made his comments at the event where he took questions from voters while he considers a 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He added that climate change is not the United State’s "highest priority.”
Holly Shulman, the Democratic National Committee’s press secretary, issued a written statement following Mr Bush’s comments.
"Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that human activity has led to climate change. Ninety-seven percent. But Jeb Bush thinks they're wrong. Who's being intellectually arrogant now?"Reuse content