Carlson: Only Rich People Care About Global Warming

Tucker Carlson, one of the most obnoxious little twerps on television, can usually be counted on to get reality exactly reversed. He demonstrates this again by weirdly claiming that only rich people give a damn about global warming (and of course, he’s not a rich people at all). Speaking of the big climate march in New York:

“It was a fascinating event,” Carlson opined. “It was where the beneficiaries of capitalism went to attack capitalism. So you had millionaires, some billionaires up there expressing oodles and oodles of guilt about the planet and income inequality. But in the process — and this is going to surprise you — they trashed the planet.”

“Each one of them a contributor to global warming,” he snarked. “Oh, the irony.”

Carlson added that it was “not surprising” to see litter in Central Park because global warming and climate change were “rich people concerns.”

“When is the last time you met someone working for minimum wage who was really upset about global climate change or even believed it was real?” he asked.

“They are concerned about putting food on the table for their families,” co-host Clayton Morris agreed.

“I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t rich who was worried about global climate change. Ever,” Carlson insisted. “Maybe there are people, but I’ve never met them.”

Tucker, I’ve got news for you: If rich people cared about global warming, we’d actually be doing something about global warming.

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  • Athywren

    I have to wonder if he spends any time around people who aren’t rich? That would certainly explain why he hadn’t met any who care about global warming.

    Mind you, there are probably many people who aren’t poor who don’t believe in global warming and don’t care about it, but I wonder how much of that is because of people who “aren’t rich, honest” like Carlson going out of their way to convince people that it’s not real?

  • D. C. Sessions

    “I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t rich […]. Ever,” Carlson insisted.

    Color me shocked.

    Alternately,

    “I’ve never met anyone who […] was worried about global climate change. Ever,” Carlson insisted.

    Yeah, that too.

    It’s not like he would ever have James Hansen on as a guest or anything.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    WHY WOULD RICH PEOPLE CARE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT ISNT HAPPENING OR IF IT IS HAPPENING ITS NOT US CAUSING IT OR IF IT IS HAPPENING THER IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT OR IF THERE IS SOMETHING WE COULD DO ABOUT IT IT WOULD COST MONEY TO DO SOMETHING SO WERE BETTER OFF TO DO NOTHING ANYWAY?

  • laurentweppe

    If rich people cared about global warming, we’d actually be doing something about global warming.

    Oh but rich people do care: it’s just that too many among among them believe that they can wait till the last minute before acting without jeopardizing their lifestyle.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “It’s not like he would ever have James Hansen on as a guest or anything.”

    I hardly see what the guy who made The Muppets has to do with this.

  • colnago80

    Gee, I guess that the Koch brothers aren’t rich.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    I wonder if the people living in the Maldives, an island nation that is rapidly being swallowing by rising sea levels, appreciate that the heir to the Swanson’s TV Dinners fortune thinks they’re all rich.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    When is the last time you met someone working for minimum wage who was really upset about global climate change or even believed it was real?

    When was the last time Carlson spoke to a twenty-something year old (who wasn’t a “young republican”)? I have numerous friends who are between the ages of 25-30, who have had issues finding good jobs, and are very concerned about AGW.

  • eric

    If rich people cared about global warming, we’d actually be doing something about global warming.

    They do care and they are doing something about it: blocking regulation that might help the environment but cut into their profits. Didn’t one state just recently prevent accurate, science-based modeling of sea level rise because the numbers would hurt their coastal developers and coastal housing sales?

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    So, is Carlson suggesting that we can safely ignore the concerns of rich people?

  • sugarfrosted

    @10 If he were we just encountered the liar’s paradox, in this case the rich asshole’s paradox.

  • Michael Heath

    There are multiple levels of ignorance and idiocy involved here. That’s accurate marker of s AGW denialist.

    And who among them that’s vocal is not a buffoon?

  • Rich Woods

    @eric #9:

    Didn’t one state just recently prevent accurate, science-based modeling of sea level rise because the numbers would hurt their coastal developers and coastal housing sales?

    That sounds a bit like North Carolina to me. You’d have thought it would be Texas, but give them time…

  • raven

    What is for sure is that the people who will suffer from global warming will be the poor.

    The rich will just move somewhere else. No big deal to them.

    The people displaced from Kiribati, Bangladesh, the Philippines, or the coastal Souteast USA and Louisiana aren’t rich. But they will end up…poorer.

  • raven

    Tucker Carlson is totally wrong as many have already pointed out.

    The rich care passionarely about Global Warming. And sea level rise. And steadily rising CO2 levels. And mass extinctions. Poor people getting flooded out.

    If they could, every climatologist in the world would have a bullet to the head and be buried in an unmarked grave somewhere.

    As it is, they spend billions of dollars on Global Warming. Denying it exists, blaming it on the sun or the Fairies, buying off politicians and elections, paying people like Tucker Carlson to lie for them. It’s one of their main expenses these days.

  • dingojack

    Only Rich People Care About Global Warming.

    Well duh!

    Greenhouse gases are bad. Cars create greenhouse gases. And poor people don’t drive (just ask Fearless Leader’s bestest-evar Treasurer, ‘Stogie Joe’ Hockey*).

    @@

    Dingo

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    * To be fair, he later backflipped, but only after doubling down while backing away s-l-o-w-l-y, and only due to public outrage at his out-of-touch stupidity.

  • iangould

    Tucker probably does talk to people on minimum wage – who tellhim what he wants to hear because they need that minimum wage.

    Much like how anti-immigration activists think all legal Latino residents in the US agree with them and how white segregationists took comfort from the fact that the help all agreed that MLK was just a commie troublemaker

  • Childermass

    Actually I do suspect that the crowd at a climate demonstration and/or event to be more well to do the the average citizen.

    1) If you deep in debt, living from paycheck to paycheck, and worried if you and your family are soon going to be on the street I am quite certain that will be far more on your mind then what the climate will be doing decades and centuries down the road.

    2) Most people who are not in a condition described in “1” might still not be able to afford to take time off work and travel to the event. Travel is not cheap and most people don’t have that many vacations.

    3) The more scientifically aware someone is the more likely they are to be concerned. Scientific awareness often involves education which often correlates with wealth.

    So that those spending time as activists on this issue are better off than most is hardly surprising. But even if every activist was loaded, they would still be a tiny minority of the wealthy. The reality is the many wealthy people value their wealth and the wealth of their families over concerns of humanity as a whole and often do so blindly without much thought (I assume people know the difference between “many” and “all.”)

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    I don’t know a single rich person. And yet nearly all my friends believe climate change is real and something to be concerns about. Weird.

    But more importantly: it’s irrelevant! Committing the “argument ad popularum” fallacy doesn’t become less fallacious based on the socioeconomic class of the public you’re appealing to.

  • Loren Petrich

    I think that Tucker Carlson is implying that the only people concerned about global warming are limousine liberals.

  • howardhershey

    To be fair, it is certainly true that the real poor do have more immediate concerns than global warming. It does take a certain amount of wealth to be able to even think about, much less plan for, future events that are not immediate needs. But failure to consider the future and devise systems that plan for those futures is what causes population collapses in animal populations.

  • dingojack

    And exactly how many poor people own the beach-side properties that, because of AGW, are going to be inundated or fall into the sea due to coastal storm-surge erosion? In round numbers.

    Dingo

  • scienceavenger

    The underlying unstated assumption in all these Coulterish half-arguments is that AGW is fiction.