Texas Lawmaker Makes Some of the Most Ridiculous Comments About Climate Change You Might Ever See

texas-dan-patrickWow.  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.

Who cares?! 

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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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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  • Pipercat

    Not one policy answer from either one of these imbeciles.

    • gian keys flat mom

      allowing GOD to continue ‘gods’ sterling history is NOT a policy answer??
      damn!! pipercat!! it seems U and I will be neighbors –with all the sexy bad girls– in hades soon!

  • disqus_cN1MY6g5YO

    He is the lowest common denominator in his ‘hood, and more evidence to elect a women as governor to increase the median IQ of elected officials in Texas!!!!

  • Gary Smith

    This from the moron with the arrogance to title his book ‘The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read’.

    “Excuse me, Mr. Kettle, I have a Mr. Pot for you on line 2”

  • Tom Jeffries

    what an ass……Someone should ask him about west Texas and the drought situation that should win the arguement for “God’s handled the weather pretty good”

    • FD Brian

      I’m guessing that they just don’t pray for rain enough in west Texas.

    • Sherri G

      Oh he would blame it on illegals, women who choose Pro-Choice, lack of prayer, Bible reading or/and creationism in the schools, and so on and so on and ……

  • Edward Krebbs

    “I’ll leave it to God.” Not only a cop out. But read the Bible and you’ll find that rather than sitting there passively, God commands you to take action to work for the good.

    • gian keys flat mom

      not the 21st century schizoid “GOD”
      =====================================
      ( stolen from Kink Crimson)

  • quakerinabasement

    “…if Al Gore thinks it’s right, you know it’s wrong.”

    Your modern Republican party, ladies and gents!

    • gian keys flat mom

      regressive crybaby republicans,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ” praise jesus”!

  • joe

    these morons think the world will end when god wants. and there is no way we can destroy the earth. LOL funny huh? but its real. real stupid people believe that. and the majority vote republican.

  • gian keys flat mom

    allow me to 100% interpret dan Patricks oligophrenial verbosity:
    ready???????????
    ******************************************************************************
    ” VOTE FOR ME “

  • Altreg01

    And this is why this country is going down the drain, if there is enough water left…

  • Bill Wade

    And of course as a political science major, your qualifications to judge the science are above reproach. And the think tanks and research institutes are populated exclusively by scientists who would gladly surrender their professional reputations and grant money if they could only prove themselves wrong. Their motivations are pure and they have no vested interest in perpetuating the myth of human activity as the primary driver of climate.behavior.