From September 2015:

In some kind of ill-advised attempt to remain relevant, Rick Santorum felt that it was a good idea to go head to head with Bill Maher on this past weekend’s episode of Real Time. And when Maher confronted the GOP candidate about his position on climate change, it went exactly as you’d expect, Santorum getting destroyed by Maher.

Let’s go ahead and pick apart Rick Santorum’s pathetic attempt to make an argument.

First of all, his statement that about 57% of scientists claim they don’t think carbon emissions are to blame for climate change…there’s a problem with that. That claim – the alleged study – only exists on right wing, pro-industry, climate change denying websites. The very few links that do exist don’t actually lead to a study, but instead direct you to a paper that was drafted by climate change deniers in Australia. No credibility, no basis in reality.

As for Santorum’s other claim that the 97% consensus on climate change is from fewer than 97 scientists is exactly as Maher described it – pulled directly from someone’s rectum. The 97% consensus on climate change is referring to the fact that 97% of all peer-reviewed studies come to the same conclusion that human activities and the increased emissions have led to climate change.

But you at least have to give Santorum credit for having the courage (likely, however, stupidity) to appear opposite Bill Maher and to say such obvious lies with a straight face, knowing Maher would humiliate him. I seriously doubt we’ll ever seen Donald Trump or Chris Christie show enough tenacity to face down Maher.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced