By AATTP contributing author Sky Palma
In another chapter in what is the bizarre phenomenon of the Rush Limbaugh show, the radio host lauded a 13-year-old caller who claimed to discover “lots of evidence” that global warming is a hoax. 13-year-old Alex from Wilmington, Indiana said that the evidence he discovered at his local library made it “really easy” to prove that global warming is not real.
Below is part of the exchange.
RUSH: You mean — hold it just second. Alex, you’re at the health food store, and it’s cold out there. It’s March. You’re there in March, it’s cold, and two people in there are surprised that it’s cold because it’s global warming outside?
RUSH: And they still concluded, “Well, we’re still in global warming”?
RUSH: But they were shocked. This is hilarious. You know, Alex, there are none so blind as those who will not see, and that’s what you’re running up against. Where did you find this evidence? How hard was it for you to research?
CALLER: It wasn’t that hard to learn it. There is pretty much a lot of evidence that you can find. I personally just went to the local library and looked up books. That’s what I did.
RUSH: You went to the library?
RUSH: You didn’t use a computer?
CALLER: No, I didn’t. Well, yeah, my mom got me one article from the computer. Yeah.
RUSH: Wow. I’m surprised you find evidence of this at the library. That’s heartening. Why did you want to do this? What made you doubt the people who believe that there’s global warming?
CALLER: Well, over the radio we listen to different things. I’ve heard lots of evidence that man-made global warming is a hoax. And since I’m doing speeches, I thought it was a very interesting topic. I want to learn more about this. I guess I just always doubted that. There’s so much evidence that global warming is not man-made.
In a report from ThinkProgress last year, it was revealed that the right-wing, Koch-funded think tank Heartland Institute actually developed a curriculum teaching children that climate science is a controversial matter. On the other hand, only 24 peer-reviewed articles reject global warming, compared to an overwhelming 13,926 scientific articles that reinforce the science behind it.
Listen to the exchange between Limbaugh and the 13 year-old caller below.
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