Patrick said he would spend "zero dollars" to combat climate change.
"I understand why Obama thinks he can change the weather — because he thinks he’s God," he said, as recorded by Raw Story. "He thinks he is the smartest person in the country. He thinks he knows better in Washington what we do in Texas. He thinks he’s the one, through all of his executive orders, that Congress isn’t even up to his level, so I’m not surprised that he also thinks he can change the weather."
The state senator went on to argue that global warming is not backed up by solid scientific evidence.
"First of all, when it comes to climate change, there’s been scientific arguments on both sides of the issues," he said. "But you know, if you want a tiebreaker, if Al Gore thinks it’s right, you know it’s wrong."
Patrick added that policies enacted to address climate change will "destroy our economy."
"I’ll leave it in the hands of God. He’s handled out climate pretty well for a long time," he said.