Colbert: Global warming caused by immigrants

By David Ferguson
Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:02 EDT
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Colbert on immigrants and global warming
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One thing audiences love about conservative firebrand Stephen Colbert is that he’s not afraid to state the uncomfortable truths, the things that lie beyond the realms of liberals’ namby-pamby notions of “political correctness.”  Time and time again the “Colbert Report” host has shown us that such murky territory sometimes provides us with gleaming new forms of truthiness that we never knew existed.
Wednesday night’s edition of nightly “Colbert Report” segment, “The Word,” examined an ad currently running during prime time on some California MSNBC affiliate stations.  The commercial, created by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) alleges that studies have show that immigrants to the United States create four times the volume of carbon emissions than in their own countries.
The fact that this only means they come to America and begin to eat, drive and waste energy like Americans doesn’t apparently matter to CAPS, whose website buzzes and hums with dog-whistle racist code words like “Anchor Babies” and “reconquista,” which is the notion that Hispanics are out to claim parts of the southwestern U.S. for Mexico.
A very little digging by Colbert found that the “immigrants and their carbon footprints” study was done by The Center for Immigration Studies, a right-wing think tank headed by John Tanton, who, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been a stalwart of the U.S. white supremacist, anti-immigration movement for decades.
Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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