Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stupid Goes Viral: The Climate Zombies of The New GOP

We return to man-made climate change again with a 2010 post from RL Miller at Grist.com, a link in our post from a few days ago, "The Right’s Climate Denialism Is Part of Something Much Larger."
 Today's post is titled, "Stupid Goes Viral: The Climate Zombies of The New GOP," as even the destruction of the planet doesn't dissuade Conservative propagandists and other Consymps from denying that industrialism and carbon fuels are creating it.


"After researching the causes of temperature fluctuations on earth, I found the largest factor to be the sun. The earth’s orbit changes. Also the earth’s spin and axis change over time. When areas of the earth are closer to the sun, the temperature is hotter and when they are further away, cooler. The sun also has more activity at times and less at other times. They have been able to map out large changes in the earth’s temperature over time to the sun. Times with no polar ice caps have corresponded to times when we were closer to the sun. Ice ages have corresponded to times when we were further from the sun. We should not punish the people of the United States financially by legislating on pseudo-science that has not been proven.

"That’s no ordinary tea partier. It’s a candidate for Congress. And she’s not alone.

"Meet the climate zombies.

"They’re mindless.

"Their stupid is contagious.

"And if they win, humanity loses.

"A couple of weeks ago, the Wonk Room had a story: Every GOP N.H. Senate candidate is a global warming denier. At a candidates’ forum in Portsmouth, N.H., 'all said man-made global warming hasn’t been proven.'

"The epidemic next appeared in New Mexico, where all three Republican candidates for Congress, and the GOP candidate for governor, denied the existence of man-made climate change. The candidates for Congress gave waffling-but-cool answers on a questionnaire, but subsequent digging revealed that all flatly deny the science.

"Intrigued, I began to poke around other states. Virtually all Republicans criticize what they call “cap-and-tax” as too expensive, but how many actually deny the reality of climate change science? How many have been infected by Teh Stoopid?

"A lot. A real lot. Be afraid.

"I started with two states whose candidates for Senate have made headlines for their statements on climate.

"In AlaskaJoe Miller, running for Senate, attributes warming to 'cyclical warming patterns.' So does Don Young, incumbent representative, who derides climate change as the 'biggest scam since the Teapot Dome.' Gov. Sean Parnell, running for reelection, hasn’t said anything, although he dislikes polar bear protection.

"In WisconsinRep. Paul Ryan (Wis.-01) confuses climate and snowstorms; candidate Chad Lee (Wis.-02) dismisses 'junk science'; candidate Dan Sebring (Wis.-04) speaks of 'the fraud of cap-and-trade'; and Rep. Jim Sensebrenner (Wis.-05) praises 'Climategate' for raising 'legitimate questions.' Only Rep. Tom Petri (Wis.-06) may be reasonable. (I don’t have information regarding climate-related positions of a number of Republicans running in Wis.-03, Wis.-07, and Wis.-08, and for governor, all facing a primary Sept. 14.)

"Ron Johnson, Wisconsin’s GOP challenger to Sen. Russ Feingold famously blames sunspots for climate change: 'I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change,' Johnson said. 'It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination.'

"What of other states? eKos leader extraordinaire Patrickz checked out OklahomaJohn Sullivan (Okla.-01) complains about fraudulent data; James Lankford (Okla.-05) complains about the global warming myth; by contrast, Charles Thompson (Okla.-02), Frank Lucas (Okla.-03), and Tom Cole (Okla.-04) merely complain about the cost of cap-and-trade. Gov. Mary Fallin thinks global warming is caused by nuclear attacks. Sen. Tom Coburn considers human-caused climate change malarkey. By contrast, Sen. James Inhofe (R) is a paradigm of reason. One of these statements is false.

"Does the virus only spread from Senate candidates? I turned my attention, randomly, to Arizona. Sadly, the Grand Canyon State is completely overrun with Climate Zombies.

"Trent Franks (Ariz.-02) has yet to see clear and convincing evidence that global warming exists; Ben Quayle (Ariz.-03) states that the planet has warmed and cooled since the beginning of time; Janet Contreras (Ariz.-04) believes that the science has been called into serious question; Jeff Flake (Ariz.-06) identifies himself as a skeptic; and Ruth McClung (Ariz. -07) is tied with Wisconsin’s Johnson in the Stoopid Contest for her comment, above, regarding earth spin. I don’t have quotes from Paul Gosar (Ariz.-01) or David Schweikert (Ariz.-05) yet, but the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity will be pouring money into their races. Jesse Kelly (Ariz.-08) founded the Arizona Tea Party, so is presumed zombiefied. Scorecard: five out of eight GOP candidates have gone on record as doubting the science, and the other three probably will.

"Gov. Jan Brewer has been silent on the subject of climate, apparently because zombies can only be killed by becoming headless.

"Is Sen. John McCain transmogrifying into a Climate Zombie? Long a self-proclaimed maverick who sponsored climate bills, he now tells the Arizona Republic that 'there are dramatic environmental changes happening in the arctic region — whether one believes they are man-made or natural.' Uh, senator? Suddenly the cause of change is in doubt?

"In conclusion: We sampled four states with a total of 22 representatives, three gubernatorial candidates (excluding Wisconsin), and three senators up for reelection. Four representatives (Okla.-02, Okla.-03, Okla.-04,and Wis.-06) seem to accept the reality of climate science, if not the solution; two (Ariz.-01, Ariz.-05) have been silent to date; three (Wis.-03, Wis.-07, and Wis.-08) haven’t been selected yet; and 13 express skepticism/hostility. Of the three candidates for governor, one is openly hostile a
nd two are silent. Of the three candidates for Senate, two are openly hostile and the third is John McCain.

"Climate zombies are now the Republican party norm.

"This past summer, climate peacocks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) succeeded in killing the Kerry-Lieberman bill by preening their sincerely held, beautifully articulated concerns about the horrors of climate while simultaneously refusing to find solutions. Those peacocks are going the way of the polar bear. Instead, climate zombies like Joe Miller mindlessly replicate. If you listen carefully, you can hear them moan: 'caaaash!' Or maybe they cry 'kooooch!'"

(RL Miller is an attorney, climate/enviro blogger, runner, quilter, keeper of chickens. If you hate the terms climate zombies and oilpocalypse, blame RL Miller.)


We pulled this article out from 2010 for a little background on the issue and because, as the article says, "Climate zombies are now the Republican party norm."

The obvious name for Climate deniers is "Climategate," and the rest of the country has only been exposed to Climate Change recently, as the media has been hiding out.

Climategate is bigger than Watergate or any of the other "gates" that the Conservatives have been promulgating for self-profit, and the names in the article will provide reference when we come after these lying monsters who care little for future generations as long as their industrial masters can continue to profit from the use of fossil fuels.

Climate change deniers aren't expressing an opinion nor are they examining the science; they are lying criminals who are steering us towards extinction -- for profit.

Next: More of The Same.


"A good definition of Hell on Earth is a forced attendance for a couple of days or
even a couple of hours at a Young Conservatives' Convention.

Cassandra, in the Daily Mirror, June 1952.