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Flashback: Todd Akin Is Also Deluded On Climate Science

By Joe Romm  

"Flashback: Todd Akin Is Also Deluded On Climate Science"

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As Lisa Hymas of Grist noted today, “Todd Akin is not only fundamentally deluded about the basic facts of women’s reproductive systems. He’s also fundamentally deluded about the basic facts of climate change.”

We have been reporting on this delusion for a long time. Three years ago, we excerpted an amazingly ignorant floor address by Akin, a Missouri House member who is now the GOP nominee for Senate.

In this address, Akin celebrates the seasonal change from winter to spring as “good climate change” and confuses “weather” with “climate.” He calls the threat of global warming a “comedy” and twice suggests his fellow climate zombie GOP congressmen are more knowledgeable than Democrats because they have “passed high school science”:

AKIN: This whole thing strikes me if it weren’t so serious as being a comedy you know. I mean, we just went from winter to spring. In Missouri when we go from winter to spring, that’s a good climate change. I don’t want to stop that climate change you know. Who in the world want to put politicians in charge of the weather anyways? What a dumb idea….

Some of the models said that we’re going to have surf at the front steps of the Capitol pretty soon. I was really looking forward to that….

We’ve been joined by another doctor, a medical doctor but also a guy who graduated from high school science as well, from Georgia, my good friend, Congressman Gingrey.… So to have actually a guy who’s passed high school science is tremendously helpful. And Dr. Fleming from Louisiana.

Here is a short clip from the speech:

Since Akin is a guy who clearly knows very little science, he was a natural for the GOP to stick on the House Science Committee. He offers more pearls of non-wisdom in his website’s discussion of global warming:

As a member of the House Science and Technology Committee, Congressman Akin has participated in hearings on global warming, including its causes and possible effects.

While the political climate change debate continues, research into the effects of human caused CO2 is ongoing. Although some of the physics and meteorology surrounding climate is well understood, the question of predicting future climate trends as well as man’s ability to definitively influence them is still an active field of scientific research.  Moreover, despite our desire for complete certainty, we must understand that global climate is very complex phenomena.  No one variable can be taken as the sole driver of climate and there exist cycles within cycles of meteorological variability.  Scientists state that the planet has gone through many natural heating and cooling cycles over the last thousand years.

Actually scientists don’t state that. Even a top disinformer, like Fred Singer, authored a lame denier treatise, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years. Akin may mean “last million years” but then it is always perilous to  try to figure out what people who don’t know what they’re talking about really mean when they fail to reproduce the “correct” version of their erroneous talking points.

Nor has Akin bothered to update his website, which states “Currently, scientists are somewhat puzzled by a current-extended minimum in solar activity.” Well, they were a little puzzled when we were still in that minimum a couple of years ago, but now we aren’t. Scientists should be puzzled by how Akin can supposedly have “participated in hearings on global warming” but know so little about it.

Then again, as Hymas noted, Akin is a guy who “categorizes rape based on its legitimacy and would oppose abortion in every conceivable scenario save his being abducted by space worms who then laid eggs in his brain. Or maybe that already happened. That would explain a lot.”

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17 Responses to Flashback: Todd Akin Is Also Deluded On Climate Science

  1. Dan Ives says:

    Well, I hate to throw a bucket of water on the Akin-bashing fad, but one little fact that the “progressive” realm doesn’t seem to mention is that the Democratic Party spent $1.5 million to help Akin win his primary.
    So once again the Democrats turn a controversial issue into bi-partisan consensus: funding repulsive anti-science candidates.
    But we wouldn’t want that inconvenient fact to stop the Akin-bashing party, now would we?

    • Paul Klinkman says:

      If this is true, it was money well spent. Round up ten of these bizarre Republicans as poster boys and the Democrats won’t care how many billions the Republicans raise.

      Joe, It’s worth noting that the regular ThinkProgress.org site requires that people use Facebook, the instant billionaire site that happens to keep really good track of you, and for that reason I refuse to have a Facebook account so I’m locked out of ThinkProgress proper. However, this climate forum area doesn’t lock me out for some reason, so I’m able to post comments.

      • Dan Ives says:

        “If this is true, it was money well spent.” – I see, so as long as funding anti-science candidates helps your chosen tribe, then it’s fine. If McCaskill still loses, would you stick by that position?
        Also, think about what this situation implies. The Democratic candidate was so awful that the only way they could give her an advantage is to ensure that her opponent ended up being a disgraceful anti-science lunatic.
        You must be so proud of your tribe.

    • Ozonator says:

      Not to worry. I am sure someone like Looter Limbaugh will see a free 1.5 m ecotone lunch in his old ancestral home and personally fund a super plantation PAC. Don’t be surprised if he calls it MuddPAC, DataFudgePAC, EIB.coliPAC, VitterPAC, or Roy’d-rage’SpencerPAC.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Dan, have you ever read ‘Indispensable Enemies’ by Walter Karp. It outlines how the Demopublicans and Republicrats have always worked together to keep the rabble in line and service the rich, their real ‘base’.

      • Dan Ives says:

        Hi Mulga, I have not heard of that book, but I’ll look into it. However, I would argue that any rational person paying attention to the facts of the last two decades would come to that conclusion, especially the last four years under Obama. Cheers.

    • N. says:

      Dems funded him by running ads in the race because they thought that he would be the easiest candidate to beat.

      http://www.opednews.com/articles/Dems-Spent-1-5-Million-to-by-Rob-Kall-120821-873.html

      Politics involves a lot of double crossing.

      Other candidates have done this before:

      http://www.redstate.com/repair_man_jack/2012/08/21/bring-out-the-gimp/

  2. prokaryotes says:

    West Nile virus in the context of climate change
    West Nile virus (WNV), a flavivirus maintained in the bird-mosquito transmission cycle, first arrived in Canada in the summer of 2001. http://climatestate.com/pure-climate-science/item/west-nile-virus-in-the-context-of-climate-change.html

    One example..

  3. Two comments: Neither party seems to find a good way to get knowledgeable people on science / climate related committees. Akin on science shows how bad it can be. The Dem at least got Jerry McNerney on it. After all, he only has a PhD in Math and a career in wind energy. But some of the other choices leaves me scratching my head.

    The 2nd point is that Aking stupidity about the climate got Climate Progress riled. However, with his stupidity about “legitimate rape” a lot more paid attention. That is a marker as to how much further we have to go.

    • Mike Roddy says:

      Wes, maybe that’s because women’s issues have a voter constituency willing to punish dinosaurs like Akin. Rove and Romney were terrified that a women’s revolt in Missouri would elect McCaskill.

      Climate activists are reluctantly stranded with the Democrats, reflexively supporting them without being able to expect anything but the “better than the Republicans” refrain.

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        Woman ought to be a prime climate destabilisation constituency because they carry and nurture the next generations, who are rapidly being sentenced to live and die, prematurely, in Hell.

        • Dennis Tomlinson says:

          The Iroquois Confederation give an absolute veto to their tribal mother over any measure passed by the ruling council. This is because any measure must take into account the effect seven generations hence and, so the Iroquois reason (correctly, methinks) that men are incapable of such calculus.

  4. CW says:

    This is NOT about science and whether Akin gets it or not, right? I mean, we all know he is deliberately trying to dis-inform others about the science because he’s been told to and/or because he doesn’t see a solution to the human-caused climate change problem that he likes.

    Rupert Murdoch gave away the real issue the Akin’s of the world have with climate change when he tweeted: “So far the cure is worse that the disease”. They’re falsely assuming solutions will be horrible and as a result they are wishing the problem away and/or they’re greatly downplaying it. So the bigger ignorance that needs to be addressed is the ignorance of the greatness of solutions. The more people convinced of this, the less sway those like Akin will have.

    • Leif says:

      From the point of view of the rich with trillions of dollars riding on the cheep exploitation of fossil fuels the “solution” will in fact be “horrible.” It will hurt their retirement fund. They might even have to compete on a level playing field. Horrors personified!

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      The cure is only worse for the parasite class whose insatiable greed lies behind all the ecological and economic calamities bearing down upon us.

  5. Ed says:

    Todd Akin is not a legitimate human http://ow.ly/d8M0n

  6. Leif says:

    I noticed today that Akin is doubling down and saying that a raped woman has the ability to terminate a rape pregnancy with internal metabolism. That does not get him out of the woods either. Under the GOP mantra life begins at conception. That implies that the rape victim can now be charged with murder. Just as they want to charge all abortion providers. Run with it if you see an opportunity.