"I understand the temptation to view anything that has resulted in Al Gore's receiving a Nobel Prize as a conspiracy of some sort," columnist Alexandra Petri wrote about GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's contention that global warming is a hoax. But, she also said, "the facts just don't line up. The facts contumaciously persist in asserting that, whether we like it or not, climate change is happening. Science says so. Scientists say so. Data say so. . . . Birds say so. Bees say so. Even educated fleas say so, unless they are running in a Republican flea primary."The Washington Post also did a fact check on Perry's claims about global warming and awarded him "four Pinocchios," its highest rating for "whoppers."