Extremist Climate Deniers Claim Historic Climate March Was An Attack On Their Way of Life


It used to be that a person holding fanatical views, especially one resorting to or advocating extreme action, was an outlier in society and earned public scorn due to the damage they could cause other people. America, like every nation, has always had extremists groups, but it is certain that besides the Civil War, there was never a large segment of the population, a giant industry, and one of the major political parties so entrenched in extremism. One can really appreciate the level of extremism that is plaguing America when they consider that what drives its fanaticism is a sometimes violent opposition to the one thing that elevated them from remaining hunter gatherers; science.

That any American is opposed to science is, in and of itself, stunning; particularly when they are likely only alive today due to myriad technological advances driven by science. The anti-science crowd loves science that gave them automobiles, medicine, electricity, sanitation, and ability to communicate easily with any location on Earth, and they depend on medical science to eliminate threats to their lives. It is curious, then, that when the preponderance of scientists from around the world warn them of an existential threat to their health, well-being, and their nation’s survival, the extremists claim it is “an attack on their way of life.” That was one of the responses to the reported three-hundred-thousand plus Americans marching in New York to bring attention to the clear and present danger of anthropogenic climate change on Sunday.

Since the election of an African American man as President, there have been some truly bizarre, and often incomprehensible, statements from the extremists in the conservative movement; it is what makes them extremists.  But claiming that other Americans’ acknowledgement and call to action to address climate change is an attack on their way of life is simply unfathomable. Interestingly, it is not the first time ignorant (Republican) advocates for the fossil fuel industry, the primary drivers of global climate change, have complained that the government’s attempt protect their environment and well-being is an attack on their existence. Last year an extremist group in Colorado sought secession from the state, and the nation, due to what they regarded was an all-out attack on their precious oil industry; even as their state suffered severe wildfires and flooding resulting from conditions due to climate change.

In what is becoming a regular monthly occurrence, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that August, like the previous 24 months, was the hottest on record globally since records began being kept in 1880. The record-setting temperatures were for land and the sea that scientists claim is the “new normal” and will continue unabated; the reports should alarm every America to demand immediate action to reduce carbon emissions that are driving climate change.

Thus far, experts predict that all global temperature records will be broken again and again. But despite the threat to Americans, the nation’s security, and the economy, any actions to reduce the cause of the damage is portrayed as a liberal attack the oil industry and now Republicans’ supporters’ way of life and it begs the question; what way of life? Do they mean severe weather events, wildfires, extreme droughts, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, food shortages, increasing frequency and intensity of earthquakes, skyrocketing food costs, and health hazards? Because that is their way of life before any actions to reduce climate changing carbon emissions are even enacted. It is worth noting every aspect of the fossil fuel industry contributes to global climate change and that includes tar sands, fracking, drilling, refining, mining and processing the absurdity known as “clean coal.”

It is certain that extremists fighting to preserve the devastating climate they claim is their preferred way of life are Republicans, evangelical Christians, libertarians, and teabaggers and a little-reported survey last month revealed why. The survey asked what issues Republican voters were most concerned about going into the midterm elections and to no-one’s surprise, Republicans could not care less about education, obstructionist Republicans, or the effects of severe weather due to global climate change. The survey results explained why Republicans enjoy unwavering support from uneducated Americans to oppose the President’s recent attempt to reduce carbon emissions they claim is an attack on the fossil fuel industry, and not an attempt to prevent more damage to America.

It is worth noting that within one of the President’s announcement that as a world leader in carbon emissions, he directed the EPA to seek a major reduction in emissions from power plants, the world’s other leading driver of carbon emissions, China, announced that they would follow America’s lead. True to their word, China announced last week they would reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 because they have experienced the same devastating effects of severe weather events as Americans. Their leaders are also intelligent enough to comprehend their nation’s economy and people’s well-being depends on immediate action. It is highly likely that China will succeed where America will certainly fail because unlike America, China’s government is not owned and operated by the Koch-fossil fuel industry.

Perhaps labelling climate deniers, Republicans, teabaggers, and their ignorant supporters as extremists for regarding a climate march an attack on their way of life is errant. It is more likely they are just mean, hateful people who love seeing their fellow citizens suffer from droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, severe storms, flooding, and fouled air and water that define their preferred “way of life.” What is telling though, is that although they experience the effects of climate change themselves, their lack of intellect allows them to believe the oil industry and lying Republicans claim there is no climate change and that scientists are lying.

Recently a Republican congressman, Larry Bucshon (IN) argued that his climate denial is founded solely on public comments, and that scientific literature and empirical data is invalid because “climate scientists can’t be trusted because they’re in it for the money.” Bucshon’s remark was during a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on President Obama’s Climate Plan during an exchange with White House Science Advisor John Holdren.

As incredibly stunning as it was to learn the climate march in New York was, according to climate deniers, “an attack on their way of life,” it was encouraging to see hundreds-of-thousands of Americans demanding action. It is certain that across America there are tens-of-millions of Americans experiencing the effects of climate change and it makes Republicans, teabaggers, and evangelical malcontents all the more evil for perpetuating the lie that climate change is a hoax.  Because they know as the people suffer droughts, wildfires, rising food costs, floods, and severe storms, they are so ridiculously ignorant they believe that addressing the cause of climate change is an attack on their way of life too. It is just one reason Republicans oppose education so adamantly; making an ignoramus into an extremist is simple.

26 Replies to “Extremist Climate Deniers Claim Historic Climate March Was An Attack On Their Way of Life”

  1. ““an attack on their way of life,”

    Means their way of life is taking money from the koch, the oil lobbys and utility companys

  2. These people need to get off the meth already. Their way of life is no different than anybody elses
    We all need clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and food to eat. That’s the bottom line. After that we need roofs over our heads and clothes to wear.
    If rivers, lakes and streams dry up,and they already are, that hurts both our water and food supply. And lets not forget man-made catastrophes such as oil spills, fracking, pollution and liter.
    These people are imbeciles!!!

  3. When our cities look like this
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    And our coastal go under
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    But that’s not the problem for real murikkkans living in middle America until their land look like this
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    Then they will know

  4. Obviously, Larry Bucshon has never done scholarly research. If he had, he’d know that academics value their professional reputations more than any amount of money, and that serious researchers wouldn’t dare falsify their work. It takes someone like Buschon to totally miss the point of academic research. It isn’t about the money—it’s about the research and discovering new things and enhancing existing research to benefit mankind. Only a real tool would believe that very serious people who have dedicated many years of their lives to a cause would put their reputations on the line for money. Buschon might, but I doubt if most climate scientists would. If what Bouschon says is true, it means that thousands of climate scientists around the world have colluded to mislead us. Balderdash!

  5. and yet, the world’s governments subsidise the fossil fuel industry to the tunes of billions of dollars annually.

  6. Rmuse, I am confused about climate change and would like to know more about it. I have several climate change papers I’m trying to get through and I don’t really understand them. I think it would really help your audience if you could write a summary of the methodologies and other statistical methods of the many peer reviewed papers you have read on the subject.

  7. Methodology is not the thrust of the article. I am sure you with your trick question, in wanting to know more about Climate Change itself would want to investigate scientific journals yourself

  8. The problem with people who have never been involved in academic research is that they don’t understand its realities. Yes, straight fabrication is rare, but being too generous with your data is extremely common. Also, results that can’t be replicated is actually more often the case than not. This is largely because when you are studying fairly chaotic systems with techniques with a lot of built in noise, you very often get led down the wrong path. Climate science is extremely noisy. I used to do biochemical assays containing literally 2 maybe 3 constituents and I could get opposite results on 2 different days because of slight changes in humidity. Climate scientists are attempting to account for innumerable things, many of which they may not realize they are supposed to account for. Also, climate science relies a lot on statistics, and sadly most of the people using these statistics don’t understand them in the slightest. This is actually a serious problem in all of academia.

  9. It’s not a trick, I am just pointing out that people should not be so quick to say others are “mean, hateful people who love seeing their fellow citizens suffer from droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, severe storms, flooding, and fouled air”, simply because they are not convinced of scientific findings which you yourself have never bothered to even read a single primary source about. Did you ever consider that when the same people presenting these findings are also constantly saying horrible things about them, it may make them less likely to believe the findings in the first place?

  10. If 97% of the scientist say its happening then I think I will go with their conclusions. But I bet you still belief in the flat earth theory and the baby jeebus rode on the dinosaurs

  11. They’re right. The march was an attack on their way of life the same way that the D-Day landing at Normandy was an attack on Hitler ad Mussolini’s “way of life”.

  12. That 97% figure is an example of what I’m talking about. That number originally came from a master’s thesis which did not even report confidence intervals, which basically makes it meaningless. The people who keep coming up with that number do not have the statistical knowledge or ability to calculate that statistic in the first place.

  13. So with that attitude if you want Sushi you go to McDonalds. I swear ignorance is the cancer of this country

  14. Stop watching the 700 club for chrisesake
    Explaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation

    Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn’t what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?

  15. No I just look at the evidence on whats happening. Now you may believe is the gawds work but since the 1880’s they knew what fossil fuels were doing to the Earth. See you are claiming the 97% figure is bogus and where do you get that from ? The Wall St. Journal owned by Rupert Murdoch. Now who is being a know nothing

  16. Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change has arrived.

    In the last year alone, my country has suffered through unprecedented droughts in the north, and the biggest ever king tides in the south; and we have watched the most devastating typhoons in history leave a trail of death and destruction across the region.

    Lying just two meters above sea level, my atoll nation stands at the frontline in the battle against climate change. The beaches of Buoj where I use to fish as a boy are already under water, and the fresh water we need to grow our food gets saltier every day.
    – See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/09/18/marshalls-president-the-beaches-where-i-used-to-fish-are-underwater/#sthash.vVdlvJyu.dpuf

  17. Even if high carbon emission hasn’t anything to do with Climate Change; it’s still healthier to live with less carbon in our atmosphere.

    The foolish ignorant deniers are in it for the money. But of course.

    Why is it hard for ignoramuses to believe 97% of the scientists that confirm Climate Change is a fact?

  18. I saw Buchon on TV today questioning the Scientist, sorry I don’t remember his name. He was asked if he read up on climate change (named the book but, again I am sorry, I don’t recall the name…having a bad day:() Buchon answered even if he had he wouldn’t believe a word of it. It blows my mind that these people pride themselves on being ignorant, stupid, dumb, you name it. Geesh!

  19. So how come climate scientists use that number too? You talk about people who you say have never consulted source materials themselves. How do you know what any of us have or have or have not consulted?

    Climate scientsts agree they agree. Of course climate science is extremely complex, and there is much we do not yet understand – the butterfly effect and all. Still, climate studies have been going on for some time, with super computers producing ever more accurate forecasts with every new bit of information. In my opinion at least, only a fool could possibly continue to to ignore the evidence that is continually corroborating the scientists’ conclusions.

  20. Reality is an attack on their “way of life”, Facts are an attack on them as well. America needs to vote these idiots out and remove Fox News from the media world as well.

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