Daily Show host Jon Stewart burned three Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for their embarrassing climate illiteracy.
Stewart presented clips of Reps. Larry Bucshon, Dana Rohrabacher, and Steve Stockman trying to outsmart White House scientific advisor John Holdren on climate change during a hearing last week, only to have Holdren obliterate them with his wealth of expertise on the subject.
Holdren had the Sisyphean task of “pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain,” Stewart quipped.
At one point, Holdren recommended to Buschon that he take a “look at the scientific literature” regarding climate change.
Bucshon responded by saying he doesn’t need to consider the conclusions of “climatologists whose career depends on the climate changing,” stating, “I could read that, but I don’t believe it,” revealing Bucshon’s arrogance about his own ignorance.
“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 went on to rip Bucshon’s false equivalency when saying “both sides” of the climate change debate should avoid 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 asked. “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.”