McCrory talks winter storm, avoids climate change on 'Face the Nation'

Posted February 16, 2014

— Appearing on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday to talk about the winter storm that shut down the state last week, Gov. Pat McCrory sidestepped a pointed question about his position on climate change. 

The question from host Bob Schieffer came at the end of a segment on North Carolina's response to the storm. 

"Governor, a couple of years ago, you made a remark that caught a lot of people's attention. You said that global warming is 'in God's hands,'" Schieffer said. "After what you've - going through this thing, do you still feel that way? Is there something we ought to be doing about it in the meantime?"

"I think someone took a chop off the total sentence there," McCrory responded. "I will say this: I feel that there's always been climate change. The debate is, really, how much of it is man-made and how much will it cost to have any impact on climate change.

"My main argument is, let's clean up the environment, and as mayor and now as governor, I'm spending my time cleaning our air, cleaning our water, cleaning the ground," he continued. "I think that's where the argument should be on both the left and the right, and if that has an impact on climate change, good. But I think that's where the real argument should be, is doing what we can to clean up our environment.

"We also have to look for cost-effective ways to do it because, as governor, we're walking that fine line of keeping our environment clean but also continuing economic recovery and making sure things like power are affordable for the consumer," the governor concluded.

Schieffer did not ask about the state's other big recent story, the Dan River coal ash spill, or about the federal investigation of it launched last week. Both McCrory's administration and his longtime former employer, Duke Energy, have received subpoenas for documentation or communications pertaining to that coal ash pond.

Officials with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are expected to field questions about the coal ash spill at a Monday meeting of the state's Environmental Review Commission.

Out of context? 

The quote Schieffer was referring to was accurate in context. It came during an interview McCrory did with Hickory talk-radio WHKY in April 2008, during his first campaign for governor. The host asked McCrory about "his stance on global warming" and what he would do about it as governor. 

"I believe in cleaning the environment," McCrory responded at the time. "I don't get caught up in the 'global warming' debate because I frankly think some things are out of our hands. It's in God's hands, and frankly, the world has been warming for a long time."


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  • ALECarolina Feb 20, 2014

    Uhhh....how about, for ONCE, you DON'T?...???

  • Joseph Shepard Feb 19, 2014
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    Weather: atmospheric conditions as they exist now and in the near term future. Climate: Weather measured over hundreds or thousands of years.

    For those so deeply wedded to the "global warming" explanation for the ups and downs of our weather, please explain in simple, clear terms why some 10,000 years ago, every single glacier on this planet just upped and melted clean away?? Carbon emissions ? Fumes from coal fired plants??? How about for once, we blame OBAMA....???

  • ALECarolina Feb 19, 2014

    Even if you don't have much use for Pat McCrory, you still realize he's not stupid, and it makes you cringe with embarrassment FOR him that he has to stand there with that "Aww Shucks" smirk on his face as he ignores logic, reason, and scientific facts in order to pander to his unreasonable and illogical base which equates facts with "liberal socialistic book-learnin'".

    We can't wait to see Pat on his next Sunday morning tour, when he'll be "set up by the liberal leftist media" with a "gotcha question" about his involvement in "ASHGATE".

  • icdmbpppl Feb 19, 2014

    The democrat party will put this global warming nonsense front and center come election time. The environmentalists and the socialist democrat party would like to control every aspect of our lives--what to eat and how much, what to drive, how much money we should make and be able to keep, what kind of health insurance we should have, and what to think and say. This looks a lot like communism to me. Why can't people see that we are losing our freedom?

  • glarg Feb 18, 2014

    Hmmm RAL has evoked the mercy rule to help the Warmists.

  • Objective Scientist Feb 18, 2014

    There some things that "science" can answer definitively, unequivocally, no discussion necessary. There are also some things for which science can not provide an unequivocal answer, rather an equivocal answer that may vary in "degree of certainty" from one issue or question to another. Climate change and "global warming" is one of those issues, challenges, etc. for which science, at this point in time, simply cannot provide a definitive explanation/answer/solution. In such situations one must examine the "evidence" for a theory - such as the concept of "global warming". To what degree is the theory supported? Refuted? In which direction does the "weight" of the evidence lean? At this point... I must conclude that the weight of the evidence is clearly in favor of the theory that global warming is occurring and that "mankind" is - at minimum - a contributor to it. To ignore such evidence for selfish reasons - political or financial - is unconscionable!!!

  • dennis8 Feb 18, 2014

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    The planet as a whole is having another top 10 warmest. The weather here is NOT the climate. We have truly become the joke of the developed world when it comes to a general understanding of science and technology in this country. Nearly 20% of Americans don't even know the Earth goes around the sun.

  • Jack Jones Feb 18, 2014
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    Disappointing that so many posting here don't know the difference between "weather" and "climate change" in this age of information. Same folks probably don't understand that when it's winter in USA, it's summer in Australia.

  • goldenosprey Feb 18, 2014


    The useful tools of Big Pollution are being played like fiddles. It is quite honestly embarrassing that anti-science, pro ignorance is still promoted in this age. You flat earthers remind me of a toddler who has clearly broken a lamp when no one was else around and still vehemently denies it. I hope those polluters you worship have room on their arks and Mansions on pilings for their watercarriers.

  • joycejunior Feb 18, 2014

    glarg-"The Global Warming Religionists are the opposite of science since they loudly proclaim that the time for debate is over that dissenting voices need to be silent. "

    Dissenting voices who offer no actual evidence need to be silenced because they're not interested in science...they just want to confuse the issue for personal gain. If the climate deniers would provide scientific evidence, publish their results in peer reviewed journals, and then have their observations withstand scientific scrutiny, then any reasonable person would value their opinion. But they don't, they just try to deny and make up nonsense that doesn't stand up to any scrutiny. One doesn't let Flat Earth Society members get equal footing, or Holocaust deniers, or people who deny the Roman Empire, because to do so diminishes reality.