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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WATCH: More Evidence That The GOP Isn’t Ready For A ‘Serious Discussion’ On Climate Change

WATCH: More Evidence That The GOP Isn’t Ready For A ‘Serious Discussion’ On Climate Change

During a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, former Bush administration treasury secretary Hank Paulson declared that his party is finally ready to confront the global challenge of climate change.

“I think there are a lot of fellow Republicans, my fellow Republicans, business leaders and political leaders, that are ready for a serious discussion about the science and the risks that come out of the science,” said Paulson, who recently co-authored a report warning of the severe economic risk of continuing to ignore the crisis.

There isn’t much evidence to back Paulson’s claim. The vast majority of congressional Republicans flat-out deny the overwhelming evidence that climate change is happening, and that humans are causing it (although an increasing number are now dodging questions on the topic because they aren’t scientists, which may represent a baby step forward).

Unfortunately for Paulson, for every Republican who is ready to have a “serious discussion” on climate change, there are far more like Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney. Whitney, a Republican running for U.S. House in Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, released a five-minute video last week claiming that climate change is “the greatest deception in the history of mankind.”

“Recently in my announcement speech for Congress here in Louisiana, I said something very provocative: I said that global warming is a hoax,” Whitney says in the video. “Naturally, liberals in the lamestream media became unglued and attacked me immediately!”

“Quite inconveniently for Al Gore and the rest of the politicians who continue to advance this delusion,” she continues, “any 10-year-old can invalidate their thesis with one of the simplest scientific devices known to man: a thermometer.”

Almost every claim that Whitney makes to prove her case that climate change is a hoax can be easily debunked. But the fact that she has decided that the best way to stand out in the crowded field to replace Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — a top recipient of contributions from the oil and gas industry — speaks volumes. For Republicans, it’s still far more politically advantageous to deny climate science than to grapple with the problem — and until that changes, Paulson’s “serious discussion” will have very few participants.

Screenshot: Lenar Whitney/YouTube

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    The GOP isn’t ready for serious discussion on climate change, or anything else. The only things they favor are upper income tax cuts, deregulation, and repealing the 20th century.

    • Sand_Cat

      If a problem can’t be solved by tax cuts for billionaires, blowing someone up, putting someone in prison, or preaching the “gospel” – backed by force of law – it doesn’t exist.

  • TZToronto

    So what Whitney is saying, in addition to saying that climate scientists are outright liars, is that they are less intelligent than 10-year-olds. We already know that American children are lagging behind most of the rest of the world in science and math skills, and it’s people like Whitney who are, in part, responsible for this. When seat-of-the-pants thinking begins to trump scientific inquiry, the future begins to look very dim indeed.

    • Dominick Vila

      “Seat of the pants” thinking, coupled with religious beliefs, and material imperatives are the ultimate form of a WMD.
      I doubt Whitney is a dumb as she sounds. She is fighting to preserve a status quo that benefit her financial masters, and she is feeding the red meat her rabid supporters love to hear. The fact that the polar caps, and glaciers, are melting at an unprecedented rate, the fact that climatological trends are changing dramatically, and the fact that parts of the world, including parts of the USA, are already feeling the effects of climate change, are just minor irritants to be ignored or ridiculed in the pursuit of big $$$,

      • TZToronto

        In the old days (when you and I were kids), severe climatological events were fairly rare. These days we hear about them almost every day. What many climate change deniers among the general public don’t understand is that weather can be tracked day-to-day, but climate must be tracked decade-by-decade. So today’s record-setting high temperatures are almost meaningless, just as the recent cold winter is meaningless in terms of climate change. If one wants to see where climate used to be, where it is now, and where it’s headed, the long-term perspective is needed. So many people living along the coasts won’t believe that the climate has changed until their houses float away.

  • adler56

    A thermometer? Obviously this boogalee doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate. If this clown is elected then Louisiana has to go to the head of the pack in the number of ignorant voters.

  • jointerjohn

    Mr. Decker made me laugh with his title. He used “GOP” and “serious discussion” together in a sentence as if that might still be possible. Those days are behind us unfortunately.

  • highpckts

    Weather and climate are not the same! Stupid broad!! God, I hope she loses!!

    • Allan Richardson

      If one cold winter disproves global warming, then winning one jackpot at the casino proves that the house must shortly go broke. It takes more than a thermometer: it takes THOUSANDS of thermometers in THOUSANDS of places with readings taken DAILY for DECADES AND CENTURIES. And guess what? Those readings HAVE been taken, and they prove there IS an overall warming climate change, and what’s worse for us, it’s not just a “rising tide lifting all boats” (which would be bad enough), it’s an ERRATIC process that is creating MORE EXTREMES of heat AND cold, storms AND drought, high wind AND doldrums.

  • howa4x

    It is very difficult to get people to understand the difference between the weather today and climate change, because one involves looking out the window and the other is about understanding science. This subject seems to elude the average republican and much more difficult for the average tea partier or evangelical. Mostly because science is fine when you get consumer goods from it but gets tricky when you talk about the science of evolution or any other subject that challenges a belief system. Elected republicans are more cynical. They know it is there but they can’t bite the hand that feeds them, because if they admit it is happening, Koch funded groups like Freedom works will spill millions against their reelection. So for them it is survival. We all can only hope that the Koch mansion in the Hamptons will wash away, leaving only a foundation. Maybe that will open an eye, or have a congressional district in a red state go under water.
    They can all talk about hoax’s but the weather is changing all over the country and it is coming.

    • TZToronto

      One hopes that the Koch brothers will remain in that mansion, denying climate change to the last. More likely is that they know that the climate is changing but will not admit it publicly ever. Like good business people, though, I’m sure they’re making plans to mitigate the effects of climate change on their businesses. If necessary, they’ll build a mountain to move their mansion(s) on top of.