The Messenger (Fort Dodge, IA) reports:
On the environment, King said efforts to fight global warming are both economically harmful and unnecessary.
“It is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science,” he said.
He said that even if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes the earth to warm, environmentalists only look at the bad from that, not the good.
“Everything that might result from a warmer planet is always bad in (environmentalists’) analysis,” he said. “There will be more photosynthesis going on if the Earth gets warmer. … And if sea levels go up 4 or 6 inches, I don’t know if we’d know that.”
He said sea level is not a precise measurement.
“We don’t know where sea level is even, let alone be able to say that it’s going to come up an inch globally because some polar ice caps might melt because there’s CO2 suspended in the atmosphere,” he said.
King said building the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Canada should have been a clear-cut decision.
“We need that oil,” he said. “If we don’t buy that oil … their only market is to the United States, with a pipeline, or ship it overseas to somebody’s refineries, like the Chinese.”