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Rush Limbaugh Touts 13-Year-Old Who ‘Proved’ Global Warming Is A Hoax

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On his radio show this week, Rush Limbaugh was excited to find a 13-year-old caller who discovered “lots of evidence” that global warming is a hoax. 13-year-old Alex from Wilmington, Indiana said evidence he discovered at his local library made it “really easy” to disprove the science.

Limbaugh was so impressed — and genuinely shocked — that climate denier books exist at the library, he offered the kid an iPad. Here is an excerpt 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?

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: And they still concluded, “Well, we’re still in global warming”?

CALLER: Yes.

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?

CALLER: Yeah.

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.

It is little surprise that Alex stumbled onto climate denier talking points, since nearly all climate denier books have ties to conservative think tanks. Internal documents obtained by ThinkProgress last year revealed that the right-wing, Koch-funded think tank Heartland Institute developed a curriculum teaching children that climate science is a controversial matter. On the other hand, a mere 24 peer-reviewed articles reject global warming, compared to a staggering 13,926 scientific articles that substantiate it.

If Limbaugh thinks a 13-year-old is where to find the truth about climate science, perhaps he can next invite a 12-year-old to discuss evolution.

Yet many top Republicans in the Senate and House subscribe to the same view. The climate zombie caucus has a wide net of Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former ranking member of the Senate Environment Committee James Inhofe (R-OK), House Science Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX), and House Science subcommittee chair Chris Stewart (R-UT), and many others.

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106 Responses to Rush Limbaugh Touts 13-Year-Old Who ‘Proved’ Global Warming Is A Hoax

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    The oil companies’ efforts to manipulate childhood education are particularly shameful. They and Rush’s exploitation of an innocent 13 year old bring to mind the old standby from Werner Herzog:

    “Evil and stupidity are the same thing. If you don’t believe me, look into the eye of a chicken”.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Yes, but what does the chicken think, looking into the eye of Werner Herzog?

      • Mike Roddy says:

        “Cut the condescending look, Werner. If you humans were so smart, you wouldn’t be baking the world, and turning happy fowl into genetic freaks like me”.

    • Eric says:

      too bad werner herzog didn’t use limbaugh as the star of grizzlyman

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        Pity the poor bear.

        • caerbannog says:

          I don’t think that the bear would need any pity — he’d be set for a whole winter’s hibernation with a Limbaugh-sized meal.

          • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

            If he could stomach it. Even with winter approaching, some bears may be a little..fussy.

  2. JD says:

    He used the library? How socialist!

  3. fj says:

    And Rush had another 13-year old standing on Miami Beach looking out to the horizon:

    “Not only is this climate stuff a hoax, but the earth is flat.”

    • fj says:

      Or, at least the water . . . or, at least when there are no waves . . .

      Oh you know.

      • pirx says:

        “Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      How do we know that this thirteen year-old even exists, or is not simply regurgitating the opinions of his parents?

  4. Chris Winter says:

    How many of Limbaugh’s listeners will take this as proof, I wonder — despite the fact that none of the books the child spoke of were identified and no references were cited.

    • fj says:

      There was a Pew poll indicating that 79% of Rush’s listeners used crayons which might give some indication.

    • Chris Winter says:

      Judging by the comments on Ben Geman’s article at The Hill, the number is asymptotically close to 100 percent.

      So many asymptotes…

  5. M Tucker says:

    It is very difficult to tolerate a conversation between a moron and a naive, uniformed and impressionable kid. But this is what you get from the conservative noise machine. Garbage in garbage out.

    I think calling Republicans zombies is an insult to zombies. They are morons plain and simple. They are the reason America does not have climate legislation or an energy policy. They are a danger to our nation.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      To call Limbaugh and his type ‘morons’ is insulting to morons. The average moron, I’ve found, is a simple soul, honest and harmless. Limbaughers are not.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A 13 year old stating “I found it at the library” means nothing without a citation of which BOOKS at the library he found his information in. He probably found it in one of Rush’s OWN books which would explain WHY Rush was so eager to have the kid live on air, in the first place.

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      He wrote a book? I hope it wasn’t with the same US publisher who is publishing my next one, ME

      • Chris Winter says:

        He wrote two: The Way Things Ought to Be (Pocket Books, Oct. 1992) and See, I Told You So (Atria, Nov. 1993). His son David has written five and co-authored two more; all these attack President Obama, former president Clinton, and/or Democrats in general. Most are from right-wing publisher Regnery.

        So unless your publisher is Pocket Books or Harper Perennial, you don’t need to worry.

        There are a number of books about Rush Limbaugh. They include Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Joseph N. Cappella (Oxford University Press, July 2008).

        • Merrelyn Emery says:

          Thanks Chris, that is a relief, ME

        • Ginny in CO says:

          Chris, David Limbaugh is Rush’s younger brother. Key point in the Fluke uproar was that he’d been married 4 times and no kids. For which even an atheist like me thanks the Force.

          • Chris Winter says:

            Thanks. You can tell I don’t care too much about the Limbaugh tribe’s genealogy. But it’s better to have that straight.

  7. Jack Shipley says:

    I know a 6-year-old who knows that cysts can be removed safely without infection and the recovery time is approximately three days.

  8. xero says:

    i’ve said it before calling it GLobal warming STUPIDEST thing scientists ever did

    • Turboblocke says:

      Did you know that the IPCC was set up in 1988? The CC doesn’t stand for Global Warming.

  9. Scott says:

    I wish people would stop using the phrase “global warming” because it confuses the feeble-minded like Limbaugh and his ilk.

  10. Bad choice to use a 2010 document as if it described the current congress. In my own state, CA, Herger, Nunes and Lundgren are deservedly taking a long vacation.

    Can we get an updated version? There are enough Dinosaurs left on the list to understand how Dana Rohrabacher arrived at his oft quoted conclusion on their flatulence.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Perhaps saying that someone is taking ‘The Long Vacation’ might out-euphemise the ‘Big Sleep’.

      • j7915 says:

        The proper euphemism for “Taking the Long Vacation” is “studying the geology of the holy acres” from Machado de Assis.

  11. J says:

    Note that the kid denied “man-made” global warming, not “global warming” itself. So he could still believe that global warming is occurring as a result of natural processes.

  12. Nana Lenore says:

    If Mr. Limbaugh thinks 24 peer reviewed articles denying climate change versus nearly 14,000 peer reviewed articles substantiating climate change ‘proves’ climate change is a liberal hoax, he is, among other things, seriously deficient in math skills.

    • Beth says:

      Rush is deficient in all things, especially common sense! However, he is very effective as a mouthpiece to fools who cannot fathom checking the facts out for themselves. But he accepts no responsibility for the poison he spews daily, he just says he’s an entertainer and whoever believes him, is just stupid. Really, he said that!

  13. john atcheson says:

    Well, we’ve got 99.9% of all peer reviewed papers and they’ve got a 12 year old kid.

    Which one you gonna put your money on, Rush?

  14. Mark A. York says:

    Yeah, that’s some evidence. See what happens to the deniers in Heat Wave free all day.

    • Mike Roddy says:

      Heat Wave would make a good movie, but Hollywood studios will never greenlight it. The banks that fund movies won’t allow their oil industry clients to be portrayed as villains. This is now the world we live in.

      • Steven Seagal made “On Deadly Ground”, with Michael Caine as a truly evil oilman, but that was in 1994.

        • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

          Caine does evil terribly convincingly. I can’t watch ‘Get Carter’, (or ‘The Swarm’, but for other reasons).

        • Mike Roddy says:

          I didn’t see that one, but back in the 70′s we had Network and Three Days of the Condor (with Max Van Sydow as the oil company assassin).

          Corporations got the message, and won’t allow anything like that anymore. Only Michael Moore can go after them. Since he operates with a small budget, and is kind of annoying, they let him slide. Even Moore rarely goes after the oil companies, though.

      • Mark A. York says:

        Thanks, Mike. Well, sure. They wouldn’t publish the novel the old fashioned way either for that same reason.

  15. Mike K says:

    Can’t the fat one be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

  16. john says:

    The exchange didn’t include her “evidence”? Just that she said she found “evidence” in the library and an article found on the computer? I don’t get it. If she had evidence, why isn’t that included in the exchange?

    My 7 year old granddaughter thinks he tooth fairy and Santa Claus is real. Should she give Rush a call?

  17. Liz Calkins says:

    I’m always tired of people who “disprove” climate change based on such simplistic things. “It isn’t hot all the time everywhere, so it can’t exist!”, “it’s the seasons, stupid!”, “it’s happened in the past, so what’s the big deal?”, etc.

    And don’t get me started on the people who think that having to refine your models and predictions as more data comes in as is 100% normal for all science, means the scientists were lying, covering their asses, climate change is thus invalidated, etc.

    We just don’t respect being educated or science anymore in this world, especially in the US.

  18. Timothy Laurent says:

    well rush may have something here cause we all know that teenager knows EVERYTHING ..just ask any parent when they talk to their teenager..and who else can relate to a thirteen yr old brain than a drug addled brain that acts like its thirteen

  19. Jackie says:

    Science Fiction section works well with Rush. Now Alex knews a sucker when he hears on as all this got him a free iPad for a drunk/druggie. Next a student will say there are men on the Moon waiting for Gingrich to visit.

  20. Mary Oney says:

    I always figured Rush was about 13. It makes sense he gets his information from a 13-year-old. Who of course was able to gather better information than all the scientists who have spent their lifetimes studying climate change. And of course Rush has spent some time reading up on all the psuedo-science that denies the obvious, right-in-front
    of-his-eyes evidence. Ack! Why am I even talking about this. Rush and his 13-year-old genuis are totally irrelevant to reality. Shooo, Rush!

  21. Daniel Moreau says:

    yes…you CAN find all kinds of books and websites that “disprove” climate change but you can find bullshit everywhere…most if not all of these (or at least those that required peer-review) have been completely discredited as FAKE…what Limbaugh and other morons don’t realize is that we don’t live in a bubble but on a planet…this means that when doing simple math about climate change you must consider the globe and not just Atlanta or wherever he may be from…that is why it is called “global” warming and not United States warming…

  22. doninsd says:

    So wonderfully Limbaugh! Words from a 13 year old with no specific references equal PROOOF in the Rushbo world.

  23. Bobok says:

    You’re there in March, it’s hot, surprised? When it’s normally 90, but that past five years it’s 115, that’s not proof. Even though you can’t prove climate change singling out daily weather, it’s funny that when it is abnormally hot, they don’t speak of climate change.

  24. Robert in New Orleans says:

    I just want to know who is the 13 year old pharmacist who gave Rush advice about Viagra and Vicodin (Oxycontin)!

    • cheyenne says:

      Vicodin contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Oxycontin is oxycodone and acetaminophen.

  25. pbeeg says:

    ‘health food store’?

  26. Miles Tougeaux says:

    A 13 year old who goes to the library is actually the benchmark for average intelligence of a Rush listener

  27. Karma Thomas says:

    I am glad he used 25 year old books from his local library to prove his theory, so much more reliable than current science available on the Internet. Cuz it’s in a book and stuff. It’s interesting to see that the brainwashing techniques the Koch suckers are using on our children are so effective…Their Rethuglican shills will be so happy.

  28. Brian R Smith says:

    Look out kid
    You’re gonna get hit
    But losers, cheaters
    Six-time users
    Hang around the theaters
    Girl by the whirlpool
    Lookin’ for a new fool
    Don’t follow leaders
    Watch the parkin’ meters.

    Bob Dylan

  29. facts lean left says:

    Rush, of course, has a thing for 13-year-old boys.

  30. HA HA says:

    So let me get this striaght. We are to believe a 13 year old kid, several bought and paif for scientists, and some fat a$$ college dropout? Oh ok……

  31. Peter Neils says:

    Unscientific at any Speed?

  32. catman306 says:

    Is there a 12 step program for addicted and habitual Rush listeners? Or a Mothers Against Rush Limbaugh (MARL)?

  33. Jo says:

    Just another example that Alexander Pope had it right centuries ago when he wrote, “[a] little learning is a dangerous thing.”

  34. CharlieAdamsInKentucky says:

    Wonder which one of Rush’s producers (or employees) got their kid to call in and read this script?

  35. Frederick von Wiegen says:

    And, to think that the answer was right there, the whole time, in the public library. Thanks, kid, for setting the record straight. Hell, I think I’ll go burn some old tires!

  36. EmmittBrownBTTF1 says:

    Oh how cute, junior picked static on the radio and went to a library and confirmed bias.

  37. Kevin Koehler says:

    And then he gave the 13 year old an I-Pad. Those dog-gone republicans getting “Free-Stuff” again!

  38. katy says:

    hmmm… i wonder if it’s the same precocious thinks-he-knows-it-all kid who called Stephanie Miller this morning… that call was about guns, if i remember.
    just full of wrong-wing talking points.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Really precociously intelligent children are overwhelmingly humane, compassionate and concerned for others. That is, the antipodes of the likes of Limbaugh. ‘Alex’ if he/she even exists, will be a front for some denialist adult.

  39. Brianna Amore says:

    He might as well have said “I read it in the Bible” which has about as much credibility as any denier books.

    Besides, most books are out of date as soon as they are printed.

  40. Chris says:

    That’s a funny April Fools Day prank. Wait, that’s real? <>

  41. Chris says:

    Next up, a 5 year old has proof of Santa Claus!

  42. Desertphile says:

    Golly. So if a 13-year-old told Limbaugh that gravity is a hoax, Limbaugh will believe it?

  43. toonces_2 says:

    Was this 13 year old from the Dominican Republic?

    • Chris Winter says:

      That reminds me; didn’t Limbaugh promise to leave the country if Obama was reelected?

  44. Herb Goldberger says:

    He found the info right below the book that “proves ” the earth is 5,000 years old.
    Idiots ! the whole lot of them.

    • Rabid Doomsayer says:

      Six thousand and sixteen years. Everybody knows Earth was created in the Autumn of 4004 BC.

  45. FatherTheo says:

    You have to understand this in the sense that Rush–in this 13 year old–has found his intellectual equal. To believe that the answers to climate change science can be found by a 13 year old during an afternoon visit at the school library shows that Limbaugh is as naive as the 13 year old himself.

    Of course this young fellow has an opportunity to grow up into a world transformed by climate change, so he’s going to outgrow this silliness.

    As for Rush, it’s probably far too late. He’s going to have to continue searching for new intellectual equals among future generations of 13 year olds.

  46. Desertphile says:

    It was “very easy” for a 13-year-old child to “disprove” over 170 years of physics, dozens of Nobel Prize winners, and over 100,000 peer-reviewed science papers. Amazing. I’m impressed, I must admit.

  47. john says:

    I had to look up Wilmington, since I am from IN and even though an ex-trucker and traveled all about the state and had not heard of it. its in SE IN, not far west of Cincinnati. This area is not known for being forward thinking and even Rush might come off as too liberal for many from that area. I don’t think it would be hard to find young people there with strong inclinations in being “ditto” heads.

  48. DaveP says:

    >> I personally just went to the local library and looked up books. That’s what I did.

    Thanks for the specifics there.
    You really convinced me with your facts

  49. DaveP says:

    You gotta admit, though, that the 13 years old was probably smarter than Rush.

  50. Nabil Al-Murabit says:

    So, this dude must be getting into his Oxycontin stash if he’s going to take the musings of a 13 year old over those of classically trained scientists? How low is this dude willing to stoop to make a bullsht point?

  51. John Mashey says:

    Do people remember Kristen Byrnes of “Ponder the Maunder” fame, a high-schooler who also disproved climate science a few years ago?

  52. Sky says:

    Did you hear the story about the long line in front of the ticket office window of the Enorm-O-Dome in SanAntonio, people camping out to buy Rush tickets? One guy, when he got to the window, all excited and ready to buy some tickets got really pissed off when he finally figured out it was Rush, the rock band, not Rush Limburger!#@ :-P

  53. Joan Savage says:

    From a critic thinking point of view, the spew of ad hominem attacks that have been directed at the 13 year old simply because of his age are irrelevant and inappropriate.

    Whatever the 13 year old found at the local library is more relevant, and if Limbaugh was more credible, he would allow the library materials to be exposed to direct scrutiny.

    The main point here should be about Limbaugh’s behavior.

    He gave the public the impression that he spontaneously accepts the word of a person (or library) without having research staff go over the material presented. If he actually has a research staff who worked on this prior to air time, then the public’s impression of a naive conversation was in error.

    • Chris Winter says:

      I’m pretty sure an operation that big has a research staff. But I have to take a cynical view of this. If Limbaugh’s staff really did research this, what they found had to be denialist books. Thus, mentioning them on the air would only embarrass Limbaugh in the long run. This way he gets the listeners fired up and skirts the downside.

      I’ll back that up by recalling when Limbaugh fell for an AGW-debunking paper that was obviously a spoof. (This was November 2009 IIRC.) Someone who saw it was a spoof warned Limbaugh, but he went ahead anyway and touted it on the air. In the backlash, he forced the person who warned him to publicly apologize for not warning him strongly enough.

      He only cares about keeping that echo chamber going.

      • Joan Savage says:

        Really, wow!

        “..he forced the person who warned him to publicly apologize for not warning him strongly enough.”

        I missed whether he tried that angle on his doctors when he was drug addicted.

        I wonder if he’s planning on using that ploy on climate scientists for, “not warning him strongly enough.”

        • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

          They’re trying that line on in Australia, already. I recall hearing some apprentice droog at our Government owned but, naturally, staunchly ‘Right-thinking’ ABC accusing a Green of not being convincing enough or some such, in regard to yet another report finding that we are deep in the proverbial. This will, I’m sure, be a recurring, and increasingly prevalent, propaganda canard, as the Right prepare their rabble to meet climate destabilisation reality, not with remorse at their stupidity, but with renewed anger and hatred (their existential fuels) aimed, naturally, at the rational and sane. Evil and stupidity never miraculously transmute into their opposites. They stay forever what they are, and have always been.

  54. Steve Rankin says:

    I visited a Barnes and Noble bookstore while on vacation here in Florida the other day and was surprised to find just two books on climate change. Both authored by deniers. Not a single book in the pro climate change category. I asked a clerk for help. She checked her computer and stated that’s all they have right now with none on back order. The one denier book was “The greatest Hoax” by senator Inofe.

    As anecdotal evidence of the decline of America I have noticed over the past several years that the science, math and engineering sections of most large book stores are increasingly shrinking, getting smaller with fewer volumes every year. Same goes for the magazine rack. Yet the amount of shelf space devoted to christian living, christian fiction, teen werewolves and new age are literally exploding taking up almost ¼ of a giant bid box book store. If this is an indication of what the public is reading, say as opposed to science, math and engineering then the USA is indeed in deep trouble.

    • Joan Savage says:

      From a search on B&N’s webpage this morning: “Showing 1 – 30 of 4688 results for climate change”

      That Florida store clerk wasn’t doing her job.

  55. Krille says:

    So the 3% of the scientists who reject mainstream climatology only produce 0.2% of the literature. Somehow that doesn’t surprise me very much.

  56. ccaissie says:

    This 9-year old can beat Limbo’s 13-year old anyday.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMiXk2gGSk

  57. MPCpiano says:

    Love it!

  58. Turbine says:

    And the fourth poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given unto it to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat… Rev 16:8-9
    See global warming is in the Bible. Time to go outside and cook breakfast in the sun now. Don’t forget to put on the SPF 9000.

  59. Kent Doering says:

    Rush is as insane and evil as ever. Nothing new on this front.