“Not A Scientist” Republicans Will Reverse President’s Climate Change Progress

Between last month’s historic climate agreement in Paris and the increased EPA regulations on carbon pollution, it’s been an exceptional year for President Obama’s climate change agenda. While the president has shown the country how to be a global leader, “I’m not a scientist” might as well be a free space on your Republican debate bingo card.


Pandering to top donors like the Kochs and big oil, GOP candidates continue to come up with new and creative ways to deny, deny, deny climate change despite that a majority of Republican voters belive its real. Even Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump who “can’t be bought” believes climate change is a Chinese hoax to weaken the American economy.



2015 was the second hottest year on record and the Department of Defense believes “climate change… poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,” but instead of taking this issue seriously, Republicans will continue to ignore science […]

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The Year Trump Took Over, Pt. 5: Anti-Science Climate Change Denial

Earlier this month 
leaders from 195 countries celebrated the adoption of a historic, years-in-the-making agreement formalizing a global commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb the impact of climate change. Meanwhile, the GOP primary has us dealing with a slew of “I’m not a scientist” climate change deniers.

“Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather,” Donald Trump said earlier this fall. At other times, Trump’s claimed climate change is a hoax engineered by the Chinese to cripple the U.S. economy. He’s also made the case that snow and cold weather prove climate change isn’t real.

Following Donald Trump’s lead, nearly every GOP presidential candidate denies the scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made. And not one candidate believes substantive action should be taken to do anything about it. Why? Because this is the year Trump took over:

New Republic describes Marco Rubio, who certainly doesn’t think climate change is man-made or that […]

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GOP Field On Climate Change: I Don’t Understand The Problem And I Won’t Respond To It

If you’re a Republican running for president, you’re more likely than not a climate change-denier. And if you do recognize the scientific consensus that climate change does exist, you certainly don’t think anything should be done to stop it.

The New Republic describes Marco Rubio, who certainly doesn’t think climate change is man-made or that anything should be done about it, as “the most dangerous GOP candidate on climate.” Front-runner Donald Trump’s bold stance on the issue? “Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather.” Asked about his climate change-denial earlier this fall, second-place Ben Carson wisely noted, “Any point in time, temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down,” before pivoting to what he apparently sees as a more pressing matter: “These are all very complex things. Gravity, where did it come from?”

Representatives from 195 countries around the world are in Paris seeking a collaborative, global solution […]

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Jeb Bush’s Energy Plan: Just Another Republican Big Oil Giveway

Already being compared to “Mitt Romney’s energy platform,” Jeb Bush is rolling out his energy plan in Pittsburgh this afternoon.

In response to Jeb’s plan, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Jeb Bush says his energy plan will help grow jobs, but it’s just another Republican giveaway to big oil. His plan completely ignores how clean energy, such as solar and wind, can benefit the economy while combating climate change. Instead, he has promised to reverse any progress the Obama administration makes by reducing carbon emissions. Jeb Bush is introducing his policy at Rice Energy, a company with a history of environmental infractions, making it clear he could care less about protecting the environment. Just like his big brother, Jeb Bush’s shortsighted plan shows he cares more about helping big oil than the welfare of the American people.”

From the Huffington Post:

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The GOP Gives Pope Francis The Cold Shoulder

From the very start of Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, GOP presidential candidates and members of Congress have not hesitated to publicly criticize His Holiness. Primarily taking issue with his concerns about climate change and call for the acceptance of immigrants and refugees, a range of high-profile Republicans have earnestly seized any opportunity available to air their grievances.

Here’s what Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Steve King had to say:

Huffington Post: Jeb Bush: The Pope Shouldn’t Discuss Climate Change Because ‘He’s Not A Scientist’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he disagrees with Pope Francis’ call to fight climate change and thinks the Pope should not delve into the issue because he “is not a scientist.” “He’s not a scientist, he’s a religious leader,” Bush said, according to a video posted by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge.

Politico: Trump: Pope is wrong on climate […]

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Republicans Fight Losing Battle With Pope On Climate Change

Republicans like Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum — and the Koch brothers — ignored the writing on the wall when they fought a losing battle with Pope Francis and the reams of science behind human-caused climate change. Instead, they took on more than they could chew and made sure their climate change denialism will be a major issue this election.

Here’s what happens when you’re on the losing side of an argument with the pope:

Washington Post: How Climate-Change Doubters Lost a Papal Battle. “Yet the battle lost over climate change also suggests how hard it may be for critics to blunt the power of a man who has become something of a juggernaut in an institution where change tends to unfold over decades, even centuries. More than anything, to those who doubt the human impact of global warming, the position staked out by Francis in his papal document, known as an encyclical, means a major defeat…

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Denial Is No Longer Just a River in Egypt: Johnson Gets Chippy with Constituent on Climate Change

Renowned climate skeptic Ron Johnson brought us a full plate of irrationality Saturday in Sherwood, Wisconsin, arguing with a constituent that we shouldn’t combat climate change because “our limited resources are better spent elsewhere.”

“We just shouldn’t spend a dime addressing it,” Johnson said in response to a question about why the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs — which Johnson chairs — isn’t focused on addressing climate change. It’s a ridiculous notion on its face, but is even more distressing considering the national security and intelligence communities agree that climate change “poses immediate risks to” America’s safety.

Ignorance is bliss and it probably helps Ron Johnson sleep at night. But the fact that the chairman of Homeland Security thinks the risks of climate change are irrelevant sure doesn’t help the rest of us.

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Rick Scott Pretends To Listen To Scientists (NEW VIDEO)

Ever since Rick Scott’s buffoonery on climate change was thrust into the national spotlight — and promptly ridiculed — he’s been desperately trying to rehabilitate his image on the subject. The other week, he even strung together an environmental tour in which he purported to be an environmentalist.

Well the charade has continued. Yesterday, Rick Scott finally met with climate scientist and he listened with all the focus and alacrity of an eighth grader on the last day of school. His faux interest in climate change (paired with his steadfast rejection of its causes) didn’t fool the scientists that met with him and it isn’t fooling the voters.

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Marco Rubio, Climate Scientist

Sen. Marco Rubio made headlines this weekend with an eyebrow-raising rebuke of science. Here’s what the 2016 presidential hopeful told ABC’s Jonathan Karl:

“I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity, I do not agree with that.”

It’s unclear when Sen. Rubio became a connoisseur of climate science with the authority to chide the 97% of climate scientists who agree that humans are contributing to climate change. Perhaps it has something to do with his courting of the far right and their deep-pocketed, Koch-funded outside groups like Americans for Prosperity, which promises to spend $125 million this year to buoy candidates that embrace their extreme agenda. AFP’s president, Tim Phillips, hasn’t parsed words in bragging about their role in pushing Republican candidates to deny climate science:

“We’ve made great headway. What it means for candidates on the Republican side is, if you … buy into green energy or you play footsie on this issue, you do so at your political peril. The vast majority of people who are involved in the [Republican] nominating process—the conventions and the primaries—are suspect of the science. And that’s our influence. Groups like Americans for Prosperity have done it.”

So there you have it. Marco Rubio was born and raised in Miami, a city that is severely threatened by rising sea levels associated with climate change. He has an opportunity as a Senator to take action on climate change, stand up for his constituents, and help protect his home state. But he’d rather protect his political aspirations, spewing the mythical rhetoric that the Koch brothers and their allies have made mainstream in today’s GOP. At least we know where his priorities lie.

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Todd Akin’s Top Ten Crazy Moments

Rep. Todd Akin forever entered the political lexicon and emerged as a national punch line with his comments on “legitimate rape.” For casual observers, the comments raised the question of how an individual holding such an extreme view not only wins a Senate primary, but holds onto a seat in the House of Representatives for over a decade. Indeed, such concerns are well warranted. Rather than an isolated incident, these remarks are just the latest in a long line of outrageous comments from Akin.

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