by Brad Johnson
Richard Mourdock, the Mitt Romney-endorsed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, is standing by his comments that pregnancy after rape is “something that God intended to happen” and a “gift from God.”
While these comments are supposedly “pro-life,” his support for global climate destruction undercuts any notion that he supports policies to protect our children and future generations from serious harm.
Mourdock, who made his career as a coal and oil geologist and disastrous coal mining executive, has made repeated statements on manmade climate change that evince a total disregard for science and the risks posed by carbon pollution to all unborn children:
“I’m scared to death about each of the three candidates and their positions on global climate change,” Mourdock said. “Global caps in the last 15 years receded until last year on Mars, but what do we have in common with Mars? Last time I checked, only the sun.” Mourdock explained that humans aren’t the cause of global warming and that it’s something bigger in the universe, such as the sun. [Indiana Statesman, 4/25/08]
“Clearly, Lugar is out of touch with Hoosier conservatives if he thinks that serving on the board of groups that advocate ‘cap and trade’ carbon tax schemes and the junk science associated with global climate change alarmism is prudent when he represents a state that meets the majority of its electrical needs with coal-fired generators.” [The Hill, 4/5/12]
“We are basing our energy policy on the greatest hoax of all time, which is that mankind is changing the climate.” [American Spectator, 5/9/12]
Mourdock’s rejection of scientific fact doesn’t just have theoretical implications. As Mike Oles pointed out in September, Indiana has been devastated by the carbon-fueled drought of 2012:
Rain during the last few weeks have allowed Indiana to go from being in an exceptional and extreme drought zone to merely a severe one, but the damage has been done. It was miserable this summer in the Hoosier state. Way too hot and way too dry, served up with dire warnings of “fireweather.” Nearly every major Indiana City broke or tied records for the hottest day on record and Terre Haute set at an all-time state record at 108°F. July was the hottest month on record in Indiana and June was the driest. It gets worse. The Union of Concerned Scientists have painted an even bleaker picture for Indiana over the next century if nothing is done to combat greenhouse emissions. The 2012 drought might just be the beginning.
Richard Mourdock’s campaign is financed by the coal industry.
Brad Johnson is the campaign manager of Forecast the Facts and ClimateSilence.org.