The 10 Dumbest Arguments Republicans Use Against Climate Change

fox-news-dumb-climate-change-headlineI’m not old enough to remember the days where we had commercials promoting “doctor recommended cigarettes,” but they actually existed.  Big tobacco companies actually paid off real doctors to “recommend” which cigarettes were better than others.  Heck, big tobacco even had “scientific research” disproving any notion that smoking caused cancer.

But now we know it was all a bunch of lies.  They were paying doctors and scientists to fabricate research and lie to support their ridiculous claim that smoking wasn’t at all unhealthy.

It’s essentially the same thing big oil (and other companies that profit off of non-green means of energy) has done trying to discredit climate change.   And being that Republicans are nothing more than shills for big oil, it should come as no surprise that naturally most Republicans deny the reality that human activity on Earth is causing climate change.

And in their denial of climate change, I’ve heard Republicans say utterly ridiculous things.  While I’m sure I’ll forget a few, I’ve decided to list some of the most asinine arguments against climate change I’ve personally heard coming from Republicans.

So, in no particular order, here we go:

1) It’s really cold outside: Often uttered by those who seem to not grasp the fact that “global warming” is better suited to be called climate change – meaning that erratic weather patterns (such as freakish blizzards) are a part of that.  Also these are often the same people who, when there are record highs (or historic droughts), don’t seem to consider that as evidence.  Funny how that works.

2) What’s the big deal if global temperatures go up a few degrees?:  That kind of stupidity speaks for itself.

3) Considering more people die from cold than heat, it’s probably good if the planet gets a little warmer: This was honestly an argument made one day by one of the co-hosts on Fox News’ The Five.  Seriously, they said this.

4) God controls the weather: Funny how God seems restricted to seasonal changes in our weather based off the orbit of the Earth around the sun.

5) Moving away from oil might cost millions of jobs: You know what also might cost a lot of people their jobs?  When the planet isn’t inhabitable any longer.  If your excuse for the continued destruction of our planet is that “it might cost jobs,” you’re a special kind of stupid.

6) The only reason why scientists say climate change is real is to make money off their research:  Yes, it’s been argued that scientists are actually fabricating research about climate change to continue to fund their “lavish lifestyles.”

7) The Earth is actually getting cooler: Um, no – it’s not.  In 2013 we saw our fourth-warmest year on record since they began keeping track in 1880.  And he fact is the 10 warmest years on record have all happened since 1998.

8) Wind turbines require oil to function properly, so why even bother with them?: Yes, because wind turbines require some fossil fuels for maintenance purposes that’s exactly like using oil and coal in massive amounts like we do now.

9) Green energy is just too expensive: First, if we invested properly in it the prices would come tumbling down.  Second, what good is cheap energy if it ruins our planet to such a point that humans can no longer survive on it?

10) Scientists can’t even predict the weather, let alone climate change: Seriously, I’ve heard this one more than you might think.  Obviously from people who don’t understand that a meteorologist isn’t the same as a climate scientist.  Also short-term weather isn’t remotely related to global climate trends.

Well, there you have it.  Ten of the dumbest arguments I’ve heard Republicans use against climate change.  The scary thing is there are plenty more that they use as well – I barely scratched the surface.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • GreenFlutterby

    Oh LOOK! Global warming is a hoax! How do I know?
    There are ice cubes in my freezer!

  • richard

    There will come a day when people will demand to know who was responsible for delaying mitigation and cooperation when it was need the most. Conservative politicians on the dole of the oil and coal interests are already on the record. You might see a time in the next 20 years when people will be prosecuted for knowingly obstructing any efforts to reduce carbon emissions. But, because the dirty energy companies have successfully politicized this issue, it will be easy to determine which side of the AGW issue you are on.

  • robingee

    I read an article by some preacher that said, in part, that if the world heated up we could grow crops in the North Pole and world hunger would be solved.


    • ShibumiMC

      You can already grow iceberg lettuce and snow cones there. Problem solved.

  • Alan Foxman

    I’ve had republican friends tell me it’s just a plot by European green socialist parties to destroy capitalism and make the US a socialist state like the EU countries.

  • Sandy Greer

    I understand the author’s frustration: Climate change is a tough subject – one that requires we educate ourselves, if we are to present effective arguments. But we make the effort because we believe it’s worth the effort.

    Anybody in sales will tell you that making fun of customers and belittling their concerns does not overcome their objections, and close the sale. Whether we be selling an idea, or a tangible good or service – the fact is:

    Nobody ‘buys in’ when they are antagonized.

    I suggest the author change his tack. Or get out of the way.

    Because holding people up for ridicule makes it harder for those of us who believe Climate Change is real – to ‘sell’ that idea when people are turned away from our door.

    • Justin Peters

      Wrong, the first rule of spreading any idea is that many methods are valid. As to making a sale people make sales specifically through intimidation all the time. You’re simply a fool who believes you understand the “right” way to go about convincing people of climate change. There is no “right” way and to think there is, well is to be an idiot IMO.. Sorry.

  • Pet_Orange

    …and yet the left is still full enough to believe this crap.

  • adcbeast

    Republicans believed in doing something about Global Climate Change until 2008 .. that is when DC conservative think tanks told the GOP that they could win over a specific segment of voters opposing everything on GCC .. the GOP is completely happy winning over ignorant people rather than doing something to aid the human race .. their 6 figure paycheck is all they care about

  • Jacob Pierce

    Its sad you perceive and think in your small progressive way. Y’all waste so much energy running your mouth but unfortunately do not or cannot understand the root of a problem and how to critically think and make the best possible decision YOU can make with all possible evidence considered. In this case, the earths climate/weather, it would be only appropriate to begin the evaluation of this planet 4.6 billion years ago, when the earth was created in our galaxy. To me, all recorded data since that time is pertinent and necessitated to collect and analyze in order to eventually make a hypothesis. The scientific process works, it is proven, it is the only logical route in determining not only if the planet is warming but is humankind directly responsible for that. Please at least make an attempt to do some research on your own which, in my opinion, is a good thing and is beneficial to society in some respects, instead of calling republicans stupid, or constantly being overdramatic by using words such as freakish, just calm down and breath. An “erratic weather pattern” in your words, “such as a freakish blizzard”. Please tell me what you consider a freakish blizzard? As far as we know, blizzards have been present on this planet longer than we humans have. And, like all things in this universe, each and every weather pattern or planet or moon or galaxy is not identical to any other, just like you and me. There is only one of me in this universe. Proven by the different ways I can be measured to exist… I hope you can follow and understand my perspective.