Right-wing US talk show host slams ‘militant environmentalist wackos’ over climate change fears

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RUSH Limbaugh, the seriously unhinged American talk show host, responded to a recent speech about climate change by Secretary of State John Kerry  by saying:

If you believe in God then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming.

Kerry, an ardent supporter of climate change action, was speaking to the State Department’s Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives when he said that protecting the planet was an inherent responsibility for the “safe guarders of God’s creation”.

The Huff Post has a partial transcript of Limbaugh’s response:

So John Kerry says that climate change is a challenge to our responsibility as the safeguarders of God’s creation. What about God’s creation called a foetus, Secretary Kerry, what is your responsibility as a safeguarder there?

See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming.

Limbaugh goes on to speak of the acceptable religious affiliations that can cohabitate with climate science (ie none) and the hypocrisy espoused by “militant environmentalist wackos”.

You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something he can’t create.

Limbaugh concluded:

We can’t even stop a rain shower, but we can destroy the climate. And how? With barbecue pits and automobiles, particularly SUVs. It’s absurd.

More than 97 percent of peer-reviewed scientific papers support the notion that man-made climate change exists. Organizing for Action recently launched a campaign to call out climate change deniers in Congress. One-hundred-and-thirty-five unicorn statues engraved with an award for “exceptional extremism and ignoring the overwhelming judgment of science,” were delivered to the likes of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

The depressing thing is that people who tune in to Limbaugh, and watch right-wing news channels, actually believe this crap. A new study has found that the more time viewers spend consuming conservative media, the more skeptical they become of climate science.

The paper, published in the journal Public Understanding of Science,  found that the key link between climate change denial and conservative outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh was an inherent distrust of scientists.

Conservative media use decreases trust in scientists which, in turn, decreases certainty that global warming is happening.

However, nearly 60 percent of Americans said they were worried about climate change in a poll from earlier this year, and President Obama has become more vocal over the past few months, most notably with his statement that

We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.