Angry man shakes fist at clouds: Fox News co-host Pete Hegseth is angry because young people believe in climate change.
Earlier this week Fox News’ Pete Hegseth told “Fox & Friends” viewers that climate change is “religion” for the left, while lamenting the fact that college students are learning about “radical environmentalism.”
Hegseth claimed that the left is only interested in climate change because “They get to control your life to deal with it no matter what’s happening;” while co-host Ainsley Earhardt warned that liberals would take away young people’s “cars, airplanes, cows, and burgers.”
The following is a transcript of the remarks via Media Matters:
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): The biggest national security threat, according to Bernie Sanders, is climate change.
PETE HEGSETH (GUEST CO-HOST): The left says it all the time. This is what they believe. It is their religion. They want to fight the weather. The rest of us want to deal with real threats that want to take away our freedoms. And — think about four years ago. What was that, 2015? ISIS was still, you know, this was during Obama’s term. ISIS was still a huge problem. The caliphate was there. President Trump ran on destroying ISIS, which he did to their physical caliphate. Now there’s remnants that we need to be concerned about today. That’s taking on a real threat directly. Whether it’s hot or cold, the enemy is here, as far as liberals are concerned. And it’s all about control for them. That’s why climate change is the perfect enemy. They get to control your life to deal with it no matter what’s happening.
HEGSETH: And that makes sense for Bernie. By the way, it’s what they’re learning in college across the board. They’re not learning about radical Islam. They’re learning about environmentalism and radical environmentalism and they’re being told it’s the most important thing. All those kids going to schools, public and private. That’s why these messages catch on. It’s because young kids voting believe it.
GRIFF JENKINS (GUEST CO-HOST): We shall see.
EARHARDT: I don’t know how they’re going to feel when you take away their cars, and you take away their airplanes, and cows, and burgers.
HEGSETH: Well yeah, take away their freedom to choose, and we didn’t even get to the fact that university is getting rid of beef, in London, completely. No beef, completely, because they want to reduce their carbon footprint.
Reporting on the story Salon notes:
Despite the dismissive attitude of conservatives like Trump and the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts, the overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change is real, caused by human activity and poses an existential threat to civilization.
Bottom line: “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth is angry because young people believe in climate change, claiming that climate change is a “religion” that allows Democrats to “control” people.