The Real Rand Paul: Paul expressed doubt about the validity of climate science.

Paul Claimed That While The Earth Went Through Periods Of Climate Change, “The Conclusions You Make From That Are Not Conclusive.” “I think that scientific debate should not be dumbed down to politics. I think this debate is being so dumbed down beyond belief. The Earth is 4.5 or 4.6 billion years old. Anybody who’s ever studied any geology knows that over periods of time – long periods of time – that the climate changes. I’m not sure anybody exactly knows why, but we have 20,000, 30,000, 100,000 years of cycles that goes on with the climate. It has been much warmer than it is today. We have real data for about 100 years, so somebody tell me what 100 years data is in an earth that’s 4.6 billion years old. My guess is that the conclusions that you’d make from that are not conclusive. All that being said, I’m against pollution and I think we should minimize pollution. Whether or not the models are correct or not, most of the models have been changed in the last five years. They all predicted that the poor Statue of Liberty was going to drown within 100 years and the polar bears and all this stuff – and that alarmist kind of stuff really detracts from the case that we shouldn’t pollute.” [Rand Paul, University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Chicago, IL 4/22/14; American Bridge Tracking Footage 042214_ARB_21_A]