Monday Crazy: The Top Three Republican Presidential Candidates Are Climate Change Deniers | Vol. 3 / No. 16.1

This is what a climate change denier looks like | Photo: Michael Vadon, CC BY 2.0
This is what a climate change denier looks like | Photo: Michael Vadon, CC BY 2.0

It’s Monday again, but, instead of a video of people wearing tinfoil hats, or calling cacao the heart of the universe, or telling us all that our gut bacteria are reading our thoughts, I just thought I’d post a little reminder that the top three candidates on one side of the race for the position of “most powerful human on the planet” are climate change deniers.

Bigoted, racistorange loser with terrible hair Donald Trump thinks “they changed the name from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ after the term global warming wasn’t working ([because] it was too cold!).” Actually, “climate change” was the language recommended to energy companies in 2000 to stop the public being scared of global warming: “While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge.

Sad-eyed Herman Munster Ted Cruz thinks climate change is “pseudoscience” and that the world, simply put, isn’t warming. I don’t even need to refute that, because it really, really is.

And thirsty robot Marco Rubio thinks the climate “has always been changing” and doesn’t think it’s really our fault at all. And a whole lot of people, with a whole lot more expertise than you or me (or him), all disagree with him.

Trump is polling at 29.5%, Cruz is polling at 21%, and Rubio is polling at 17.8%.

If that’s not crazy, I don’t know what is.

Happy Monday, everyone.

[On a related note, if you’re having trouble with a Climate Change Denier in your life, Phil Plait has resources for you!]


Richard Ford Burley is a writer and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.