John Kasich Questions Climate Change

On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, presidential hopeful John Kasich implied that man-made climate change may not be real, and fighting it could be a job killer. He argued "We don't want to destroy people's jobs based on some theory that's not proven." Kasich added "man absolutely affects the environment" but said that he thinks that "as to the overall impact of that, I think that's a legitimate debate." Despite doing well in the first Republican debate, Kasich still needs to prove that he is a viable 2016 contender as he nearly missed to polling cut off to appear on the debate's main state. More media attention would help, but the spotlight will also force him to further clarify his position.

After his interview, he campaign said "The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to so something about it. The debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man has an impact, and we know we need to do something." In 2012, Kasich has stated "I am a believer—my goodness, I am a Republican—I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change. I don't want to overreact to it, I can't measure it all, but I respect the creation that the Lord has given us, and I want to make sure we protect it." On Sunday, he also said "In my state of Ohio, we preciously take care of Lake Erie, we've reduced emissions by 30 percent over the last 10 years, we believe in alternative energy."

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