“You don’t have to worry about global warming anymore, because the Senate sure won’t” – Stephen Colbert
Regardless of your personal views, and political officiation, the outcome of the recent republican domination of this election will undoubtably have an some meaningful consequences on the America’s action on climate change. Especially considering that a man who wrote a book entitled “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” James Inhofe is about to replace Barbara Boxer as the chair of the senate’s Environmental Committee. The absurdity of this is downright comical.. and also terrifying.
Stephen Colbert, a master of political humor and sarcasm, had a clip in response to this entitled “The Repulicans’ Inspiring Message on Climate Change” that called out and summed up the ridiculousness of this as well as other climate change deniers; otherwise known as “not knowledge” by “not scientists.” In talking about Inhofe’s book he said, “its like harry potter for people who thought harry potter as too much science in it.”
In one of the most accurate and amusing metaphors on the way many in the republican party view climate change, Colbert pours water into a container with a topographic model of the United States. As he is pouring in the water he says,”now what apears to be happening is that the water is rising. Why? One theory is: I don’t know I’m not a scientist…Oh look there goes florida! And there’s no way of knowing why.”
Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
2 Replies to “Harry Potter, Not Knowledge and Colbert”
Cora, that clip was wonderful. I love how Colbert can take a subject that makes you want to cry and make you laugh. James Inhofe has some really special quotes.
When talking about the environmental movement: “It kind of reminds… I could use the Third Reich, the Big Lie… You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that’s their [the environmentalists’] strategy.”
He stands by his statement that climate change is false, saying, “the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state.”
Yeah, he probably shouldn’t be chair of the Senate’s Environmental Committee.