Over the weekend, some 400,000 protesters took the streets of NYC and over 2000 other worldwide locations to demand action on climate change leading up to this week’s UN Climate Summit. While regular citizens of the US, and around the globe are waking up to the serious realities of Global warming, the US Congress continues to deny the Science. So of course in true Daily Show fashion, Jon Stewart absolutely roasts them for their ignorance.
Last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology interrogated Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren — or, as Stewart called him, the hearing’s Sisyphus “charged with the impossible task of pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain.” So i guess the ‘Science Committee’ doesn’t actually believe in Global Warming, oh boy…
There were several weak ‘wobbly’ arguments that Holdren deflected with basic scientific fact (or so most people have assume for quite some time) but the truly underhanded, politically motivated arguments came from Rep. Larry Bucshon, “Of all the climatologists whose careers depends on the climate changing to keep themselves publishing articles? Yes, I could read that, but I don’t believe it.”
Stewart was flabbergasted as he deciphered the real motives for Bucschon’s questioning, ‘I do not believe the scientists because it is their profession and not their hobby.” Stewart then went on the offensive, “Well since we’re talking about the influence of money on Climate Change opinion, Rep Buschon’s three biggest campaign doners are Murray Energy, Koch Enterprises, and Peabody Energy. And trust me, those three well funded companies would LOVE to disprove Climate Change to the satisfaction of the Scientific community at large. So if scientists could be bought, these three mother f*ckers would have made it rain in Nerd Town. Trust me!”
It just demonstrates the House’s own science committee lack of respect it has for climatologists: 17 out of 22 Republican members — or 77 percent — deny that climate change is occurring or that humans are the cause, despite overwhelming support from the scientific community that says otherwise.
Stewart just ends up freaking out and rightfully so, “Are you f*cking kidding me? Are you f*cking kidding me? I don’t even know what to do with that,” Stewart said. “How far back to the elementary school core curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?”
“Do we need to bring out the paper mâché and baking soda so you can make a f*cking volcano!” And this my friends is the leaders of the Free World, those that could fundamentally change how we react to Climate Change ,more so than anyone else. But they just continue to have their heads in the sand.
We leave you with this willful misunderstanding boils down to “that scare tactics like that, like you know, is really appalling to me to use medical information to scare parents that their children about assma attacks and scare people saying they’ll have heart attacks. I would argue that we should on, both sides of the discussion avoid scare tactics.”
Jon again deciphered what he really had to say: “It is unfair to talk to about the consequences of our actions because they are scary. And we really don’t feel like doing anything anyways.” Oh we are in trouble.