This would be hilarious if it weren’t so depressing:
At an event sponsored by the climate-denying, Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity on Wednesday, King reportedly told the audience that climate change “is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science.”
This is incredibly ironic coming from Steve King, who is a religious man. For someone like that to denigrate something by calling it a religion is just…mind boggling. You’d think the labeling of global warming as a religion would make the gobs of people who voted for King who think their religion is the most important part of their lives would say “Holy shit! It’s a religion? This is serious business.” But instead they say “Ha! It’s a religion. Guess that’s about as close to not credible as it gets” right before going to church on Sunday.
But for not being science, all the scientists are sure getting on board that not only is global warming taking place, but that human beings are responsible:
With more confidence than ever before, a prominent scientific body put the blame for global climate change squarely at the feet of humanity’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels, which release heat-trapping gases when burned.
“There is only one thing that is going straight up … that is the greenhouse gases that we are just pumping at an exponential rate,” Gerald North, an atmospheric scientist at Texas A&M University who chaired the committee responsible for the statement, told NBC News.
The statement was released Monday by the American Geophysical Union, a more than 62,000-member-strong organization of Earth and space scientists who come from 144 countries. The non-profit traditionally renews its position statements every four years.
The latest revision uses the most declarative language yet, illustrating increased confidence that human activity is responsible for most of the observed warming of 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 140 years.
But that’s just every credible scientific organization on earth. What do they know about science?
Maybe he’s been watching too much Fox News. Recent research confirms that doing so makes you far more likely to deny climate science (and, I’d wager, science in general):
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,” the study says.
Conversely, researchers found that consumption of nonconservative media (i.e. CNN, MSNBC and NPR) had the opposite effect.
Americans’ support for climate change is on the rise — nearly 60 percent of people said they worry a great deal or fair amount about the problem earlier this year, up from 51 percent in 2011. President Obama has also been more vocal about the warming planet in recent months, although Americans are split on their approval of his plans.
As long as we’re researching the obvious, can we conduct a study to see if car wrecks negatively affect people’s health?