Nothing quite like one of the most well known conservatives in media trying to take credit for the dumbing down of America. But that’s what happened recently when Rush Limbaugh boasted about the fact that the United States leads the world in climate change deniers.
Limbaugh said, “Fifty-four percent of Americans agreed with the statement, ‘The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.’ Why would the U.S. be the leading nation with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change? Why do you think that would be? I think that’s exactly right: Me. There’s just no other explanation.”
Now, to be fair, he was being a little facetious with his comment. I don’t believe that he thinks he is the sole reason why so many Americans don’t believe in human-made climate change. But I do believe that he’s very proud of the fact that he’s been one of the leading voices behind the lies and misinformation about climate change that conservatives have been spreading for decades.
When fact checking Limbaugh’s claims, Politifact did find his numbers to be slightly off – though he was still fairly accurate.
Sadly, Limbaugh was actually telling the truth for once when he bragged about the United States leading the industrialized world in citizens who doubt the science behind climate change.
What he’s essentially bragging about is that the United States leads the world in people who deny the overwhelming data supported by the vast majority of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely caused by humans.
In other words, when it comes to climate change, we’re the dumbest industrialized nation on Earth. And Limbaugh is proud of the fact that he’s been a leading voice behind the dumbing down of America.
To kind of grasp where we rank in Politifact’s findings, the same amount of people believe in human-made climate change in the United States as they do in the Middle East, developing Asian countries and Sub-Saharan Africa.
That’s what Limbaugh is proud of. Conservatives like himself have done such a brilliant job of pushing their anti-climate change propaganda that Americans believe in climate change at around the same rate as many of the poorest and least educated countries around the world.
Then again, these are conservatives. The same people who vote in politicians who support policies that lead to their “strongly Republican states” being some of the poorest and least educated in the country.
So it’s no wonder someone like Rush would boast about the fact that when it comes to climate change, Americans are some of the least informed people on the planet.
Their ideology has more in common with developing Asia (little to no minimum wage, few regulations), the Middle East (theocracies controlling government) and Sub-Saharan Africa (little or not taxes, lots of guns, weak governments) than they do with most of the industrialized world (countries with much tighter gun regulations, universal health care and better protections for worker benefits).