Analysis of Hillary Clinton’s climate statements

Published in , by on

(CANDIDATE 95) - Scientists estimate that this presidential candidate’s understanding of climate change is “Very high”. more about the credibility rating

See the candidate’s statements annotated by scientists

Guest comments:

David Battisti: It is not possible to determine from the statements provided whether the candidate understands the science, but the candidate clearly accepts the science conclusions (warming has happened and will continue to happen due to human activity) and has clearly determined it is a problem that must be dealt with.

William Anderegg: Consistent with scientific understanding.

Reviewers’ feedback:

Ryan Sriver: Not much scientific substance, but the candidate’s political points suggest he/she is somewhat informed.

Kevin Trenberth: Very good understanding of situation and pragmatic.

Twila Moon: Most of this statement is not regarding science, but the portion that is is accurate.

Victor Venema: The only scientific claim I found was the short tweet. I gave it an 80 rather than a 100 because I do not like focussing on one year, but a 100 would also have been justified: the tweet was accurate.

Michael Mann: Solid handle on the scientific consensus behind human-caused climate change.


See the analysis for other candidates


Note on the statistical significance of the rating:

The average of the scientists’ ratings is 90 with a 99% confidence interval level of 79-97* – ‘Very high’. We estimate that this rating is robust given that most scientists independently converged on a ‘High’ or ‘Very high’ estimation.

* The confidence interval level is based on a bootstrap technique randomly drawing from the set of ratings.

Published on: 24 Nov 2015 | Editor:

Climate Feedback is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to science education. Our reviews are crowdsourced directly from a community of scientists with relevant expertise. We strive to explain whether and why information is or is not consistent with the science and to help readers know which news to trust.
Please get in touch if you have any comment or think there is an important claim or article that would need to be reviewed.