Even the face of overwhelming evidence, some people and will not accept the truth. Although Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) agrees that the climate is changing, he believes that the changes are 100 percent natural and have been occurring a long time. As “evidence” he offered up the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, saying that they died out due to climate change even though there were no men and cars back then to effect the environment.
[box type=”shadow”]”Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing – were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since the Earth was created.”[/box]
Miller made his dinosaur comment during an interview on MSNBC, where he also expressed his belief that the issue of climate change was still up for debate.
[box type=”shadow”]”Yes the climate is changing. But it has been doing that for centuries. And, for us to say that it is a settled argument right now I think, again, is a foolish argument to make, because there are scientists on both sides of the issue that say it’s not settled.”[/box]
While it is true that some scientists do not agree with the current ideas on climate change, they represent a very small minority. According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, 97 percent of scientists studying the issue agree that human activities have a real and lasting effect on the Earth’s climate.
Miller’s opinion on dinosaur extinction might be unique, but unfortunately his stance on climate change is not. A study of Republican leadership shows that more than 56 percent of the House of Representatives and 65 percent of the Senate do not believe in the basic tenets of climate science. A few more interesting tidbits from the study:
- 77 percent of Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology are climate deniers.
- 73 percent of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee deny climate change
- 100 percent of Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee deny climate change or deny that humans cause it
Scientists say that Republicans like Miller and those who share his denial of man’s affect on our planet are irresponsible, citing the easy availability of “credible scientific information” for anyone who wants it.
To be kind, Miller’s idea that the dinosaurs died out because of climate change is partially correct. A giant meteor striking the Earth would definitely change the climate. Maybe he just forgot to say that part out loud.
Watch the video with Miller denying man-made climate change.
h/t: Think Progress