Rush Limbaugh Called The Climate Summit Anti-Capitalist. Here’s Why He’s Wrong.
Climate change denialist and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves on Tuesday to decry world leaders gathering in Paris this week to address the growing threat of our warming world.
Limbaugh, a longtime antagonist to well-established climate science, said he’s given evidence “for 25 years” that liberalism and its associated focus on the environment is actually “an attack on capitalism.”
“Every one of you who support whatever is involved in climate change and limiting American and other Western nations’ use of energy, you ought to be celebrating that, you’re anti-capitalists,” he told the audience of “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” “Oil is the fuel of the engine of freedom.”
He continued his rant against climate action with the popular denialist stumping point that “there isn’t any warming, and certainly no warming that can be laid at the feet of human beings.”
“We’re not warming, there hasn’t been any in 20 years,” he said. “And the temperature record that says [it] has probably been faked.”
Most of the world, which considers climate change among the greatest plights of our time, can laugh off Limbaugh’s comments as pure falsity without any grounding in science. The UN’s leading scientists have unequivocally linked climate change to human action and the burning of fossil fuels, and the planet last year suffered from the hottest year ever recorded. We’re on track to top that milestone again in 2015.
To put the record straight, let’s look at why Limbaugh’s assertions are patently false on several fronts:
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