Last night he showed just how radical Republicans have become in regards to climate change by pointing out that the EPA administrators under four different Republican presidents (Nixon, Reagan, George H. Bush and George W.Bush) have all come out urging Congress to do something about climate change.
After showing clips from two former EPA administrators under Nixon and Bush stating emphatically that the debate over whether or not climate change is caused by humans is over, Stewart yelled, “Traitors! Traitors!” He was obviously mocking the fact that nowadays to be a Republican means you have to buy into all the nonsense that the Republican party tries peddling, otherwise many Republicans consider you a R.I.N.O (Republican In Name Only).
He then showed a clip of a Republican who doesn’t believe in climate change beginning their statement with, “I’m not a scientist…”
Uttering that phrase essentially means that anything that person says after it is basically nonsense considering thousands of actual scientists from all over the world agree that climate change is being accelerated by human activity on the planet.
What I’ve found most climate change deniers do is what Bill Nye often says. They use scientific uncertainty to conjure up doubt about proven scientific data. Basically because there’s uncertainty over just how quickly ice caps might melt, how soon coastlines might vanish and how hot our Earth will be by a specific time, they use that to “prove” that human-made climate change is a hoax.
Here’s another way to look at it. There’s a 100 percent certainty that I will eat something in the near future. However, as I’m not sure exactly what I will eat or when, there’s some uncertainty over exactly when I will eat or what I will choose to satisfy my hunger when it strikes. The fact that I will be hungry, thus wanting to eat, is a 100 percent certainty. But exactly when, or what, I will eat is uncertain.
The uncertainty over when or what I will eat in the future doesn’t suddenly negate the fact that at some point in the near future I will be hungry.
But that uncertainty is of a similar mindset that Republicans use to deny climate change. Because there’s no consensus over exactly when certain events will happen, they then conclude that climate change “is debatable” or “a hoax.”
Stewart then showed a clip of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe claiming that climate change is really all a part of Obama’s “green dream.”
That’s when he had an epiphany, “There is really only one solution to get Republicans to do something about climate change – Barack Obama must become a global warming denier. He must ride up to Congress in a Hummer with a gun rack and tell them ‘I was wrong and you were right!'”
And while Stewart was making a joke, he’s really not joking. Republicans will never get behind anything President Obama supports. Since he became president their entire platform has been built on, “Whatever President Obama supports, just do the opposite.”
But unfortunately when it comes to climate change, their ignorance puts our planet – and the entire human race – in jeopardy.
Here’s the clip via Comedy Central:
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