When it comes to pointing out the absolute stupidity often shown by Republicans, few do it better than Jon Stewart. Then again, when you’re dealing with a joke of a political party, what better place to mock that idiocy than on Comedy Central?
Take for instance Stewart’s absolutely thrashing of three Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Representatives Larry Buschon (R-IN), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX), who all happen to be climate change deniers.
Stewart seemed especially annoyed at Buschon for dismissing the facts about climate change, with his reasoning being that the science is backed by “climatologists whose career depends on the climate changing. I could read that, but I don’t believe it.”
Let that sink in for a moment. Buschon’s “defense” for not trusting climate scientists is because their job security relies on climate change being real. That, quite possibly, might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard uttered from the mouth of another human being (considering his position and the context) – ever.
But then Stewart absolutely crushed Buschon, saying, “Since we’re talking about the influence money might have on climate change opinion, it turns out Representative Buschon’s three biggest campaign donors are Murray Energy, Koch Enterprises, and Peabody Energy. And trust me, those three well-funded companies would love to disprove climate change to the satisfaction of the scientific community at large. So if scientists could be bought, these motherf**kers would’ve already made it rain in nerdtown.”
Amazing coincidence, isn’t it? Someone who refuses to believe in climate change being largely funded by three companies that profit heavily by destroying our planet.
That’s what floors me with Republicans when it comes to climate change denial. That conservative voters never seem to link the fact that the Republican party mostly denies the existence of climate change – while also being heavily funded by companies that are largely dependent upon practices that are literally destroying our planet.
Stewart also slammed Buschon for saying that “both sides” need to refrain from using fear tactics.
“What he’s basically saying is, it is unfair to talk to us about the scientific or medical consequences of our actions because they’re scary, and we really don’t feel like doing anything about it, anyway, so from now on, why not agree that science and the oil industry both have opinions,” Stewart said. “Oh, and before you tell your kids to wash their hands after they take a sh*t so they don’t spread disease? Maybe we should also spend an equal amount of time hearing from Big Fecal.”
But when Stockman tried to use water displacement (saying that when ice melts in a glass, the liquid in the glass doesn’t overflow) to discredit climate change, that’s when Stewart lost it.
“Are you f**king kidding me?!?,” Stewart asked in complete disbelief.
Because, as those of us who aren’t complete idiots know, it’s not the ice that’s already in the water that we’re concerned about causing ocean levels to rise. It’s all the ice that’s currently on land, that will eventually melt into our oceans, that will cause them to rise.
It’s absolutely stunning that these kinds of individuals are on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, yet don’t even seem to understand basic science.
Initially I laughed at the comments made by these three Republican congressman. That was until the reality started to sink in that this isn’t a joke. I was witnessing three Republicans, on a committee that’s supposed to be about scientific facts, who have literally been bought off by big oil to ruin our planet just so that their profit margins continue to grow.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: