Jon Stewart’s wish to start 2014 without “left vs. right ideological bullsh*t” was quickly dashed on The Daily Show Monday night, as he confronted conservatives’ continued spewing of hot air regarding global warming.
“There you have it: ‘War on Christmas’ is over; ‘war on carbon’ begins,” Stewart said. “Global warming: Just one more liberal conspiracy. Because even though there is a great deal of scientific data establishing climate change trends. Even though many of the models of global warming predict more extremes of weather — not just warming — apparently decades of peer-reviewed scientific study can be, like a ficus plant, destroyed in one cold weekend.”
Stewart got particularly incensed at Fox News host Stuart Varney’s argument that a Russian research ship’s getting trapped in ice in Antartica proved the world was getting colder, which he punctuated with a blithe, “That’s just my opinion.”
“That’s just your opinion — your opinion,” Stewart raged. “It means nothing.”
Instead, Varney’s colleagues were turning to the likes of Donald Trump for “analysis,” much to Stewart’s chagrin.
“So global warming must be a hoax,” Stewart said sarcastically. “Because, I mean, Mr. Trump would never conceal bald-faced truth or go through any effort to hide when something’s clearly receding over the years.”
Stewart also mocked Eric Bolling’s accusation that scientists who have argued for the existence of climate change are “laughing in their lavish laboratories” and well-equipped research vessels.
“Yeah, that’s the dream, man,” Stewart chided, adding that he often thinks about taking “one of those Arctic research cruises” when he gets older.
“[I'll] monitor sh-t, ’cause all the ladies be like, ‘Damn, your readings are so accurate.’”
Watch Stewart take down Fox’s denials, as posted online on Monday, below.