Republican efforts to deny climate change and blame liberals for the GOP’s environmentally destructive agenda have reached a new low. John Boehner, Speaker for the House, rabble-king and obstinate ignoramus, has apparently figured out what has caused the California drought, despite saying in May that he’s “not qualified to debate the science over climate change,”
Boehner made a Facebook post ridiculing efforts to curb water usage in the drought-stricken state and decided that President Obama is somehow the culprit:
Apparently President Obama has purposefully engineered a five-year drought in the American southwest, and that conservation efforts are somehow exacerbating the problem. The flaws in his logic are so twisted it’s hard to comprehend. Because liberal efforts to protect endangered species and preserve critical water aquifers have led to “the most severe drought in the last 1200 years, with single year (2014) and accumulated moisture deficits worse than any previous continuous span of dry years. In terms of cumulative severity, it is the worst drought on record (-14.55 cumulative PDSI), more extreme than longer (4- to 9-year) droughts.”
Recently, Senate Republicans have blocked attempts to institute climate change education programs in school, have condemned Pope Francis for his remarks on the need to combat climate change, and have lambasted the Department of Homeland Security for making climate change a high priority and designating it a threat to our national security. The House has recently passed a bill allowing states to ignore the President’s climate-change rules. Their continued refusal to face the facts and turn their backs on the greed of corporate America is one of the biggest threats that our nation faces in this day and age. It is absolutely absurd that so many of our elected officials work so hard to undermine our President and put our nation in even greater danger, while blaming all efforts to rectify the situation.
h/t to ThinkProgress
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