House Science Committee tweets Breitbart article denying climate change. Yep, that’s where we are.
While most sane and intelligent people have been worried about how fake news poisoned the electorate’s collective brain enough to vote for someone as useless as Donald Trump, the House Science Committee cited a Breitbart News article that questions the validity of climate change. Yes, the the men and women on the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, in charge of protecting the environment and finding innovative ways to improve our infrastructure and all that good stuff actually retweeted a story with the headline, “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists.”
First of all, retweeting Breitbart News is an endorsement of the website, which traffics in white supremacist bullshit, incendiary news read by the “alt-right” (i.e. white supremacists). Elected officials and the federal government should not be endorsing Steve Bannon’s racist little baby of a website. Just on principle.
To add insult to injury, the article is skeptical that climate change is real. Climate change is real, even though the Breitbart piece is about a study that found global temperatures are down by one degree. But the majority of scientists have all already agreed that this is going to be the hottest year on record. I mean, this really isn’t even an argument any more.
NASA even wrote on its website, “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” And we can all agree that NASA knows what it’s doing, right? Climate change is real.
We should all be scared that the House Science Committee doesn’t believe in climate change and that the incoming administration and the president-elect think there is just “some” connection between humans and changes in the environment. Trump also has big plans to defund NASA’s Earth Science division, which does research into climate change. That the science committee doesn’t believe in science is awful.
But we sort of already knew that, right? Most GOP members don’t believe in science at all — not when it comes to the climate, not when it comes to medical research, and not when it comes to how babies are made.
What’s really awful is that there are grown-ups who are supposed to be running the country that believe in Breitbart News and Steve Bannon. It’s really sad that they didn’t stop and read the original story from The Daily Mail, which the Breitbart story cites, and cherry picked parts of a scientific study. So, it’s just misinformation on misinformation on misinformation, and now some jerk wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in his living room in Wisconsin feels validated in his belief that God will take care of the environment for us.
Trump’s pick to head up the EPA transition, Myron Ebell, is a climate change denier and also doesn’t think we should worry about greenhouse emissions. Ebell wrote earlier this month on his blog, “Where we disagree with global warming alarmists is whether this amounts to a crisis that requires drastic action.” He added that, “There is much evidence that the mild global warming that has occurred since the end of the Little Ice Age in the mid-nineteenth century has been largely beneficial for humanity and the biosphere. Earth is greening, food production has soared, and human longevity has increased dramatically.” Basically, everything is fine, nothing to see here, let’s just keep doing what we’re doing and hope for the best.
The House Science Committee seems to agree with Ebell. It also tweeted this week that “green” activists care more about politics and feelings than facts, which is pretty rich coming from House Republicans who let their religious and personal beliefs get in the way of civil and human rights all the time.
Yeah, that dread you feel about the Trump administration? It’s gonna be there for awhile.