House Republicans Refuse to Discuss Climate Change Because They Aren’t Scientists

GOP we're not scientists

Only incredibly stupid human beings refuse to heed experts’ statements that indicate certain impending danger or some other extremely unpleasant situations just because they are not experts themselves. In the month leading up to the terror attacks on 9/11, Republican George W. Bush’s administration was warned more than once that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were planning to hijack commercial airliners and fly them into American buildings. It is old news today, but Bush and company ignored the warnings as a hoax and likely did not want to discuss it because they were not intelligence experts. Not much has changed for Republicans.

Over the past twenty years, at least, climate scientists have perpetually warned that carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels was warming the Earth’s climate and would create devastatingly extreme weather events, severe droughts, flooding, wildfires, melt the polar ice-caps and raise the sea-level. Republicans and their fossil fuel campaign donors claimed the warnings were a hoax perpetrated by liberal scientists, and refuse to even acknowledge man-made climate change or its damage to America because as John Boehner told a group of reporters last week, he would not discuss climate change on the grounds he was not a scientist. Other Republicans have refused to talk about the issue on the same grounds including Florida Governor Rick Scott, “I’m not a scientist,Marco Rubio, “I’m not a scientist,” and until a month ago, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) said “I’m not sure, I’m not a scientist.” It is true, none of the Republicans are scientists, but they are beholden to the fossil fuel industry and will not discuss climate change because they cannot possibly deny the reality it is genuine and is devastating America.

Actual climate scientists say the tactic is irresponsible, dangerous, and ignores mountains of credible scientific information that is readily available for anyone to see, but by avoiding acknowledging or denying the reality of climate change, Republicans can continue doing the Koch brothers bidding and fight every regulation to stop it. The malice so evident in Republicans sidestepping the issue is not just that they will go to extreme measures to protect the profits of their campaign donors, but that they have utter contempt for the health and safety of the American people.

Thankfully, President Obama heeded the warnings of 97% of scientists and announced he was directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin imposing regulations to cut coal-fired carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. Predictably, before the President even announced the EPA would begin imposing regulations to cut carbon emissions for Americans’ health and to reduce climate changes’ damage, several Republican states took pre-emptive action to prohibit federal interference in their handiwork to increase carbon emissions driving the devastating effects of global climate change. The Republicans claim the regulations are unfair and will cut into the profits of the fossil fuel industry and hurt electrical power providers too greedy to transition to renewable solar and wind power.

In the House of Representatives, Republicans signaled to the world that not only are they not discussing the veracity of man-made climate change, they signaled to the world they are smarter than climate scientists and officially denied that what 97% of climate scientists say is wrong and that there is no climate change threat. The House just passed, on a strictly party line vote, an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia to prevent funds going to the Defense Department to address how climate change affects national security.

McKinley’s amendment says, “None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order.” McKinley’s amendment is in response to yet another Department of Defense warning that “the threat of climate change impacts a very serious national security vulnerability that will enable further terrorist activity.” The warning was in the very latest Defense Department 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, and accordingly Republicans took action to ensure the threat reaches fruition and America is vulnerable to a “very serious national security threat.”

Republicans are certainly not scientists, but they know man-made climate change is real and that their constituents have been feeling its devastating effects whether they want to discuss it or not. Most of the Republicans’ constituents are not scientists either, but results from a new Yale University poll released three days before President Obama’s announcement on Monday revealed that 65% of Americans support strict regulations on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from existing coal-fired power plants in order to fight global warming and improve public health.

At this point in the “discussion,” no conscious American can deny man-made climate change is real or that its effects are wreaking havoc across the nation. For dog’s sake, even a 2012 Koch-funded comprehensive study found that “global warming is real, on the high side, and all due to man-made carbon emissions,” and yet they, their conservative think tanks, and Republicans not only refuse to acknowledge or discuss it because they are not scientists, they are actively fighting any attempt to stop it. However, it is the Republicans’ bovine excrement excuse that “I’m not a scientist so I can’t discuss it” that defines them as pure evil and without one shred of regard for national security, the American people, or the welfare of this nation.

The distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2013 report and the most recent (2014) National Climate Assessment detailing the current and very real effects of climate change, Donald J. Wuebbles said, “I don’t think it proper for any American to use that argument.” According to Wuebbles, the preponderance of climate change reports were written by scientists and other experts specifically so members of Congress could understand climate change and how it affects the country. Apparently, they cannot understand, or see with their own eyes the extreme droughts, flooding, wildfires, increased incidents of childhood asthma, or severe storms, so scientists made that report readily available and accessible for morons just so climate change could be “readily understood by any policymaker.” Wuebbles said, “The assessment represents the latest understanding of the science and is the most comprehensive report ever prepared for the American people on climate change. The report itself was done for Congress under a law passed by Congress.”

The effects of man-made global climate change are beyond refute and even for non-scientists, the increase in extreme weather events such as super-storms, severe flooding, wildfires, and particularly the extreme droughts affecting the entire the Western and Southwestern United States cannot be denied. Still, Republicans are taking pre-emptive action to thwart the President’s efforts to reduce the cause of climate change to protect the fossil fuel industry’s profits; the American people’s health, welfare, food source, and water be damned. It is the ultimate affront to the American people and yet in the Yale poll, 35% oppose any efforts to regulate carbon emissions and it is not because they are not scientists, but because they are bible stupid and too cognitively challenged to comprehend climate change. One wonders if, as they are washed away in floods, driven out of their homes by wildfires, or forced to suck rocks because they lack water, they will still doubt climate change’s reality and refuse to discuss it on the grounds they are not scientists or just die waiting for Jesus to save them.

 

24 Replies to “House Republicans Refuse to Discuss Climate Change Because They Aren’t Scientists”

  1. clearly the Republicans want to believe all scientists are named Cassandra…

    if you don’t know what that means look up your Greek mythology…

    I suppose that’s as valid as the bible myth that god won’t allow damage to the earth that Tom Coburn wants to believe…

  2. The GOP are alienating themselves out of existence. Polls on climate change show that even among republicans 65% or so believe in it. To deny the Department of Defense anything is akin to a death knell as they are a movement unto themselves.

    They not only have to suck up to the coal and petroleum lords. They also have to appease their teabagger buddies. Funny how the GOP is out there now on all the networks saying they don’t deal with terrorists. They are cutting deals with the tea party everyday. Hmm.

  3. John Boehner isn’t a very good leader of the House of Representatives, maybe he shouldn’t act like one either. Most of the Republican Party aren’t gynecologists either, maybe they should quit acting like experts about women’s bodies. They certainly are great liars.

  4. Scientist have been discussing climate change for at least 20 years? Try since the 1890’s. Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius in the 1890s – had already seen the potential global impact of fossil-fuel use, but their views were typically dismissed by colleagues. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2009/feb/19/climate-change-arrhenius?guni=Article:in%20body%20link

    The first computer models of global climate in the 1960s, and more complex ones thereafter, supported the idea that the addition of greenhouse gases would indeed warm the climate. Finally, global temperature itself began to rise sharply in the 1980s, which helped raise the issue’s profile among the media and the public as well as scientists.

    Vote Republican and you are selling the rope to hang your own ass. WAKE THE F@CK UP

  5. Some Evangelicals that I know (most of my family members) say there is no need to do anything about climate change because Jesus is going to return, and when he does, he will restore the Earth to it’s pristine state.

    Really. I’m not joking.

    They seem to forget the part about being good stewards of the Earth just as they seem to forget most of what Jesus taught in the day.

    And they wonder why I became an atheist.

  6. “I’m not sure, I’m not a scientist.”
    ============

    Then it would stand to reason that you should listen to the actual scientists.

    They recognize they’re not experts yet they seem to think they know more than the experts.

    What planet are they from and can we send them back?

  7. There isn’t a day that passes when I run into someone who isn’t educated or even believes science and scientific fact, that tells me I’m wrong because I DO KNOW science. Just like the idiots who keep claiming through spittle covered lips that our POTUS who IS a Constitutional Law Professor that he doesn’t know the Const. or abide by it’s principles.

  8. I have absolute faith in the GOP to fckUp a wet dream!
    Ignorance, stupidity, dishonesty, and an intense desire to game the system for their own greedy benefit, are the enduring legacy of the Republican Party!!!

  9. If a woman’s vagina could fire bullets then the Repubs would fight for them and repeal all of the anti-women legislation. Women already conceal and carry……

  10. I liked the picture so much with this article that I grabbed it and spent awhile tweeting it repeatedly to the repubs of choice.

    Oh, and I voted today, hopefully New Mexico will be totally blue once again.

  11. Carbon dioxide is a gas of life as is the Oxygen you breathe. It is also only a greenhouse gas up to about 100ppm in the atmosphere. At that low level crops and plant life would die. More Co2 will provide for better plant growth with less nutrients, this is done in some commercial greenhouses. Pretty much everything they are telling you is a lie. It is a false premise of the Hegelian dialectic they believe so much in promoting. Wind and sun are not economical as far as initial cost and repairs needed at this time of technology. They also do not provide power when needed. France is heavy in this and has to buy power now and the power they do create from wind goes unused as it is generated when demand is low. Fossil fuel generation is the only real economically feasible method unless you wish to deal with nuclear waste issues as well as possible safety. Things need to advance with technology not by any sort of the “political” science being fed to us by a system of science grant welfare…

  12. Of course they’re not scientists!
    So, maybe they should STFU and listen
    to the actual SCIENTISTS instead of
    just sticking their heads in the sand.
    Geez!

  13. You are a fool; a really stupid one at that. I suggest you watch the latest episode of Cosmos where a real scientist explains precisely why your comment is beyond stupid and reeks of a fossil fuel devotee. You are either a) related to the Kochs b) bible stupid c) a Republican d) full of hate for humanity or e) a southern moron. Regardless of your dysfunction, you are an embarrassment to intelligent life. Sod off.

  14. Tell us, are sun and wind less economical then Nuclear start ups? Solar requires very little maintenance. Wind far less then coal and nuclear. And glory be, energy can be stored! You also forgot to bash geothermal heat pumps.

    And worse for you, many of the primary oil corps who are in the process of ribbing you bvl;ind while sending more and more oil to Europe and Asia, are going to wind power. I have a large windfarm a few miles from me in the mountains. Watch out for those koch krotch kicks

  15. Well this is just great
    Climate change, fungus give coffee-growers a rough time:
    For nearly six years, a fungus that’s commonly known as rust has killed so many coffee trees in Central America that scientists have speculated the region could lose up to 40 percent of its coffee crop. Now, as researchers scurry to maintain the global coffee supply, there are signs that climate change and wild weather could make the problem even worse.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140531-coffee-rust-columbia-brazil-cost-problems/

    Do you hear us now you climate denying idiots

  16. ay yi yi LUCY!!!!

    this is worse than glacial melting, eternal Class 5 hurricanes, sea level rise and raging drought…

    I guess it’ll be back to drinking tea… then the TEA Bozos can have a real party as they wade on the beaches in Atlanta and Richmond…

  17. That’s just about the biggest load of bull I’ve read in a while Keith.

    Do you really expect anybody to buy that load of fertilizer?

  18. Oh hell no DJChef. They are messning with my coffe now. We got to vote these creationist,science deniers out pronto.

  19. And we suppose to take the lunacy of rethuglicans seriously?
    58% of Republicans believe that global warming is a hoax.
    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/291601-poll-majority-of-republicans-call-global-warming-a-hoax

    63% of Republicans believe that we should limit the release of greenhouse gases from existing power plants in an effort to reduce global warming.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/02/a-huge-majority-of-americans-support-regulating-carbon-from-power-plants-and-theyre-even-willing-to-pay-for-it/?wprss=rss_the-fix&clsrd&utm_content=bufferdba73&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  20. The GOP…not scientist??? Wellllllll!!!!! That is NOT all those lousy, rightwing blood suckers aren’t!!!

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