Wow. That was my reaction after watching comments made on climate change by Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican representing District 7 which includes parts of Houston. It was one of those moments where if he said this to my face, I think I would have literally just walked away without saying a word. Yes, it was that absurd.
During a debate for the Texas’ Lieutenant Governor race, Patrick was asked about climate change and, as should be expected from a Republican, he denied it existed. He said he would spend “zero dollars” to combat the scientifically proven global threat.
Patrick also said, “I understand why Obama thinks he can change the weather, because he thinks he’s God. He thinks he is the smartest person in the country. He thinks he knows better in Washington what we do in Texas. He thinks he’s the one, through all of his executive orders, that Congress isn’t even up to his level, so I’m not surprised that he also thinks he can change the weather.”
Ah, yes. The good ol’ executive orders myth.
“First of all, when it comes to climate change, there’s been scientific arguments on both sides of the issues,” Patrick said. “But you know, if you want a tiebreaker, if Al Gore thinks it’s right, you know it’s wrong.”
No, there hasn’t. There’s been about 95-99% of global scientists who’ve supported the truth that humans are causing climate change, and a handful of scientists (often bought off by big oil companies) who’ve denied that humans are responsible.
And what the hell does Al Gore believing in climate change have to do with anything? I’m sure Al Gore believes we sent a man to the moon. Does that mean Patrick sides with moon landing conspiracy theorists simply because Al Gore believes something factual?
“Climate change, if you let the Democrats and the liberals enact their programs, it will destroy jobs in this country and it will destroy our economy,” Patrick said. “I’ll leave it in the hands of God. He’s handled out climate pretty well for a long time.”
This is the argument that pisses me off the most. Not because he essentially says that climate change isn’t real because “it’s in God’s hands.” A statement that’s as asinine as it is stupid. But because I’ve heard people admit that climate change is real, but still argue about the impact on jobs.
You want to know what will really kill jobs? A planet that’s uninhabitable for the human race. This argument that we can’t move away from coal and oil because “it will hurt the economy” is quite possibly one of the dumbest arguments concerning climate change I encounter.
It’s basically saying we shouldn’t try to save the planet because we might lose a few jobs. Well what good are those jobs if we destroy the planet? Because I hate to break it to these people, but if Earth becomes uninhabitable to the human race – job creation will be the last thing we’re worrying about.
These comments initially left me speechless simply by their sheer stupidity. But that quickly turned into rage as it continues to hit me that the entire population of this planet might suffer due to the catastrophic impact of climate change, all because some of the dumbest people on Earth refuse to accept facts supported by the overwhelming majority of the scientific community.
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