By Allen Clifton | 31 May 2015
It’s my belief that history is going to look back upon those who denied the realities of human-made climate change much in the same way we do people who once thought that Earth was flat. The thing is, climate change deniers are actually worse because we have the technology that gives near unlimited access to scientific facts, whereas centuries ago obtaining information was much more difficult.
In today’s world, you have to be willfully ignorant to deny the scientifically supported reality that humans are accelerating climate change.
However, because the Republican party is basically nothing more than a puppet for big oil, we’ve had to have this “debate” among the vast majority of the world’s scientists and people who take in large sums of money from the world’s biggest oil producers.
I’ve often compared it to just a few decades ago when big tobacco spent massive amounts of money trying to perpetuate the absurd believe that smoking wasn’t hazardous to anyone’s health. Hell, once upon a time there were ads for doctor recommended cigarettes. Can you believe that? To think, with all that we know now, there was actually a time where there was a “debate” over whether or not smoking was dangerous.
Well, during a recent interview with CNN, Bill Nye used the tobacco industry as an example to showcase just how absolutely ignorant these people are who deny humans are accelerating climate change:
I just want to remind voters that suppose you had somebody running for congressional office in your district who insisted there was no connection between cigarette smoking and cancer. Would you vote for that person? You might, but if this person were adamant, ‘No, the scientists who studied cigarette smoking, they don’t know what…,’ if they were adamant, would you vote for them? And so, in the same way the connection between climate change and human activity is at least as strong as cigarettes and cancer. And so, I just want everybody to keep this in mind: that it’s very reasonable that the floods in Texas, the strengthening storms, especially, the president was in Florida, these things are a result of human activity making things worse. It’s very bad. I get this that people died in Texas, and I am reminding you what else. This is a very expensive business. When you flood the fourth largest city in the United States, somebody is going to pay for it, and it’s you and me. And so, the sooner we get to work on climate change, the better.
The truth is, there was a time in this country when politicians did blindly – and vigorously – defend big tobacco against the scientific claims that smoking was dangerous. Do you know why? Because they were being paid off by big tobacco the same way big oil is paying off politicians today.
The difference being, smoking is without a doubt bad, but ultimately it mostly only impacts those who choose to smoke, whereas denying climate change puts the lives of everyone living on this planet in danger. As long as there are enough people buying into the bullshit that big oil is paying politicians to say, that puts us all at risk.
Sadly, even when evidence of climate change is happening right in front of our eyes, such as the recent historic floods in Texas (on the heels of a historic drought no less), it won’t make a difference. Because as the saying goes… you can’t fix stupid.
Watch the segment below via CNN:
Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column.
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