Jon Stewart: Talking to GOP about climate change is like ‘pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain’
Daily Show host Jon Stewart blasted three Republican congressmen on Monday for being climate change deniers sitting on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Stewart showed footage of Reps. Larry Buschon (R-IN), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) each thinking they could counter White House scientific advisor John Holdren’s evidence during a hearing last week, only to get shut down.
Meanwhile, Holdren, Stewart said, had the Sisyphean task of “pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain,” including one exchange where Holdren told Buschon to “look at the scientific literature” regarding climate change.
In response, Buschon scoffed at reading findings from “climatologists whose career depends on the climate changing,” saying, “I could read that, but I don’t believe it.”
Instead of reading the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Stewart said, Buschon was relying on the opinions of YouTube commenters like “Obummerlies1776” for his opinions on climate change, and scoffing at people who study the phenomenon for a living.
“Since we’re talking about the influence money might have on climate change opinion, it turns out Representative Buschon’s three biggest campaign donors are Murray Energy, Koch Enterprises, and Peabody Energy,” Stewart said. “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 motherf*ckers would’ve already made it rain in nerdtown.”
Stewart also mocked Buschon for asking “both sides” of the climate change debate to refrain from using “scare tactics.”
“What he’s basically saying is, it is unfair to talk to us about the scientific or medical consequences of our actions because they’re scary, and we really don’t feel like doing anything about it, anyway, so from now on, why not agree that science and the oil industry both have opinions,” Stewart said. “Oh, and before you tell your kids to wash their hands after they take a sh*t so they don’t spread disease? Maybe we should also spend an equal amount of time hearing from Big Fecal.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.