At one point, Republicans were very concerned about the environment and how it was affected by American’s actions. Ronald Reagan, a hero to many Conservatives, was considered somewhat progressive when it came to the environment and was criticized by many within the party for not cutting regulations.
But the pendulum has swung far since the 1980’s. Many Conservatives, especially those in the media, are quick to dismiss climate change as a myth. Perhaps none more than Rush Limbaugh. The radio host recently dismissed the idea that climate change has had a negative impact on the California wildfires.
California’s governor, Gavin Newsome, said on Friday, “The debate is over, around climate change.This is a climate damn emergency. This is real and it’s happening.”
Limbaugh, rejecting Newsom’s claim, told his audience this week, “And it’s absolute bunk. You have nothing to do with these fires. You know who’s responsible for the fires? California and Washington State and Oregon politicians, who have not allowed all these dead trees to be cleared out of there. These forests are nothing but kindling. And if you would go in and clear these forests out, you wouldn’t have fires anywhere near this intense.”
The radio host continued, “This is absurd, and it’s all because they’ve gotten rid of fossil fuels and replaced it with stuff that cannot meet the demands — even minimalist demands on energy that the population of California needs.”
Listen to a clip of Limbaugh’s bogus theories below, courtesy of Media Matters:
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