If you want to understand the science behind climate change, don’t waste your time listening to actual scientist who almost unanimously agree that rising CO2 emissions are a direct result of human activity. Instead, listen to an obese, pill popping loudmouth who makes his living peddling right wing propaganda on the radio.
Here was Rush Limbaugh clearing up what all that science nonsense is really all about on his show today (via Media Matters):
You know, look, we’re actually kind of engaged in a fruitless exercise here. Because, look, there is no climate change. There isn’t any. I mean not man-made. There’s no CO2 greenhouse gas, the temperature hasn’t gone up in 18, 20 years. Again, folks, note that the predictions for this are all 50 years from now. 30 years, 75, 100 years. They’re not predicting next month, next week, next year. Because they know nothing’s going to happen that they can claim responsibility for. They’ve got to lay these predictions way off when you’re no longer here. They want your tax money now, they want you to agree to big government, global government now, and they’re using fear but they never predict climate change and its massive impact next week. Next year. Another problem today, the ice at the Antarctic mysteriously increasing. That doesn’t fit the computer models. But anyway thepoint is, [Bill] Gates says that capitalism can’t save us from climate change. There isn’t any climate change. So, what is this? It’s almost a nonstarter. It’s an interview he gave in TheAtlantic, it’s a very long piece. And in it, he says the private sector is in general inept. It can’t save us. Capitalism can’t save us from something that isn’t happening. Maybe true. But if you continue to promulgate the hoax, then of course you’re going to make people believe capitalism can’t save it. No, no, because in these people’s view, capitalism caused it. Capitalism is at the root of all evil, including climate change.
Where to start unpacking this nonsense…
Firstly, there are CO2 greenhouse gases. This statement is so evidently idiotic it is barely worth mentioning. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out CO2. CO2 is a gas vital to life on planet earth, and without it all plant life would be dead (and thus all animal life). The problem is that we are facilitating the release of too much CO2 – a fact Limbaugh doesn’t seem intellectually capable of grasping.
Secondly, climate change is very real and is happening as a direct result of human activity. Here was NASA — that well known communist organization — on the scientific consensus over climate change:
Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
Thirdly, it is completely obvious that capitalism is largely responsible for climate change given it is the most efficient engine of economic growth in history. A child could understand the relationship between an economic system that encourages mass consumption of physical goods and the depletion of natural resources. Given much of our consumption leads directly or indirectly to the release of CO2 into the atmosphere, it is then fair to say that capitalism is responsible for a large portion of climate change. In Limbaugh land though, one mustn’t succumb to the use of logic or reason. Climate change is fraudulent because Rush Limbaugh’s gut tells him so.
Unconstrained by the limits of rational thought, Limbaugh’s explanation goes one step further: climate change is in fact one giant plot to create a socialist world government:
But where there is socialism, let’s take a look. September 12, 2007. Most recent data. I know it’s eight years ago, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of change here. This is the world’s most polluted places. The top two are in China, the next two are India, then Peru, the next two Russia, then Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Zambia. There isn’t a capitalist economy in any of these places. Bill Gates says capitalism can’t save us from climate change. Well we have a bunch of socialist and communist governments, and they’re the most polluted places on earth. They are the filthiest, they have more CO2 emissions, all that — these places, according to Gates, ought to be leading the way, but it’s preposterous. The whole thing is preposterous anyway because we have a non-event that we’re now going to debate what’s better to fix it. Socialism or capitalism? So you see, the real game here is to, once again, diminish and attack capitalism and get everybody– or as many people as you can aligned against that and use up here this nonexistent hoax of climate change, since there isn’t any climate — how could capitalism ever claim to fix it when it doesn’t exist in the first place you see? So it’s a — it’s kind of a setup to begin with. But aside from all that, the things that Bill Gates is quoted as saying in this piece still boggle my mind.
This “recent data” — most likely extracted from Limbaugh’s ass, says nothing about climate change. The most polluted and worst polluting are two entirely separate categories. While China may be a very polluted country, the United States and other western countries still emit more CO2 per person than every other developing country on the planet. For example, American CO2 emissions per capita are over double that of China. Regardless, China’s economy is essentially capitalist anyway — a fact even the CATO institute acknowledges. so either way, Limbaugh’s point is completely meaningless.
Luckily, people like Bill Gates understand the obvious connection between capitalism and environmental catastrophe and are directing their considerable resources into not only drowning out idiots like Rush Limbaugh, but providing resources to actually do something about it, as his fascinating, and ultimately hopeful, interview with The Atlantic reveals.
But Gates is going to be spending billions of dollars on a problem that doesn’t exist, because he is of course well known for being stupid with his money…
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.