Like Father, Like Daughter: Science Denier Liz Cheney To Run For Senate In Warming-Threatened Wyoming

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"Like Father, Like Daughter: Science Denier Liz Cheney To Run For Senate In Warming-Threatened Wyoming"

The Cheneys. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Elizabeth (Liz) Cheney has announced she will run for U.S. Senate in Wyoming. This could mean a brutal primary with the current sitting Senator, Mike Enzi. Enzi is no climate warrior, even though the state faces a doubling or tripling of wildfires if we don’t slash carbon pollution soon.

So how would Cheney address “the global threat of our time,” climate change? Well, her social media strategy on climate echoes Sarah Palin’s — take a picture of snow and make fun of it.

This spring, she implied that such a photo was evidence that global warming was not happening, despite the fact that the first half of 2013 was the seventh-hottest on record, according to NOAA.


She also went on Sean Hannity’s show in June to respond to President Obama’s climate plan, saying that “the science is just simply bogus, you know, we know that temperatures have been stable for the last 15 years.”

Cheney is parroting talking points from others that claim global warming stopped 15 years ago. What the science actually says is that the planet does indeed continue to warm, especially when you take into account the fact that the Earth is mostly water, and this is where around 90 percent of recent warming has been going — causing the oceans to warm dramatically.

More relevant on a policy front, she also tweeted that the President’s climate action plan is “using phony science to kill real jobs.” She elaborated that action to rein in carbon pollution was “a war on coal, a war on jobs, a war on American families.”


She accuses the President of the United States of waging a “war on American families” because he plans to cut the dirty carbon pollution that harms public health and locks the children of American families into an extreme climate future. In particular, Wyoming faces serious threats from wildfires, extreme heat, and drought.

So a Senator Cheney would oppose any action to cut carbon pollution because she does not see climate change as a serious threat — how fiercely would she oppose carbon regulations and investments in renewable energy? She tweeted that “patriotism” was “doing everything possible to resist/block” President Obama’s “radical” agenda.

Her positions echo those her father used to such disastrous effect when he was Vice President. Dick Cheney was the main influence in the early Bush White House that stopped Bush’s campaign pledges to regulate carbon emissions from utilities cold. This had a serious impact on America’s climate and energy future, and seriously threatens the national security of the United States to this day. His office blocked testimony on the health threats of global warming, he made sure the EPA removed sections on climate change from multiple reports in 2002 and 2003, and a Cheney appointee stovepiped disreputable climate change studies denying global warming. Liz Cheney, of course, thinks her dad was the “best VP ever.”

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21 Responses to Like Father, Like Daughter: Science Denier Liz Cheney To Run For Senate In Warming-Threatened Wyoming

  1. John McCormick says:

    Dumb as a bag of hammers.

    • caerbannog says:

      A completely inappropriate comparison.

      Unlike Liz Cheney, hammers are *useful* tools.

    • Robert in New Orleans says:

      Mr. McCormick how dare you impugn the good name of hand tools everywhere by comparing them to Sith Lord Cheney and daughter!

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    What a nightmare. The Dark Prince will now use his own daughter as a deux ex machina to stop any progress in Congress.

  3. Zimzone says:

    ‘Best VP Ever’

    Also the only VP to choose HIMSELF over a list of candidates.

    The genetics in this family must share their DNA with Genghis Khan.

    • Paul Klinkman says:

      The idea that the child of a politician makes a good politician is common and goes way back. See, for example, Louis the Fourteenth, Louis the Fifteenth and Louis the Sixteenth.

      When your dad was the CEO of Halliburton (last seen as an accessory to the BP scandal) you have bloodlines and can take on a sitting United States Senator not because you have any political experience but because you feel like it. There’s always a chance (slim in Wyoming) that the two candidates will bloody each other and the winner will lose to a centrist Democrat.

  4. Spec says:

    I don’t think Ms. Carpet-bagger Nepotism has much of a chance. But it is not like the existing Senator is much better.

  5. Jacob says:

    Very scary if she actually gets elected and that these kind of people are allowed to get into positions of power.

    It’s not as if Wilson is in the Rocky mountains or anything. A place that historically has been known to get snow in spring and summer months.

    • Chris Winter says:

      Indeed. From Wikipedia: Wilson is located at the base of Teton Pass, in far western Wyoming, at an elevation of 6,148 feet (1,874 m) above sea level.

      The town of less than 1,500 souls has its own unofficial Web site. There, the temperature right now is given as 59°F.

      Once I was on Pike’s Peak over Memorial Day and there was a snow flurry. Now Pike’s Peak, at 14,110 feet, is quite a bit higher than Wilson. But as you say this region is known to get snow in spring — and Cheney’s picture is dated 1 May.

  6. James Richard Tyrer says:

    The NASA data is clear that there is no significant Global Warming in the last 16 years. Even less so in the last 10 years.

    http://1.usa.gov/152dfCq

    http://1.usa.gov/195vMSI

    • Robert says:

      “The NASA data is clear that there is no significant Global Warming in the last 16 years. Even less so in the last 10 years.”

      Um, this has already been covered, analyzed, and debunked ad infinitum (http://www.skepticalscience.com/phil-jones-warming-since-1995-significant.html).

      Please introduce something scientifically interesting or STFU. Thank you for playing.

    • David Goldstein says:

      I think it is very brave that Mr. Tyrer posts this vital info on a blog such as this and I want to back his contentions. Now, I am not a climate scientist. I am not a scientist of any sort. I did take a course called ‘Eathquakes and Man” with all the football players at Stanford. Mr. Tyrer says NASA data show NO warming in past 16 years. How do you like them apples, you ‘warmist’, alarmists!!! Betcha didn’t see that coming, huh?? Wait..what’s that you say?…this contention has been repeated about 127. 482 times in the past year and scientifically refuted 127,483 times? And…this data applies only to surface warming while the biosphere is composed of many layers (Surface, multi-layers of ocean, etc.)? And…the oceans have been warming at an increasing rate and surface warming ‘hiatus periods’ are typical and, inevitably followed by new upticks as decadel ocean current cycles shift? Well…..hmmmmm….I guess that puts a different light on things. I wish you had told me this earlier and I wouldn’t seem so ignorant and/or silly. What’s that?- this information has been pointed out the other 127, 483 times? Well…ummmm….I think I’ll just wander on back to WUWT….

      • kermit says:

        “Repeated …and refuted”. David, these folks use arguments like punches in a street fight. (“Well, he blocked that left jab, but maybe the next one will get through!”) Arguments that are refuted are, of course forever false – unless new reasoning or evidence is presented. Repeating them pretty much reveals that their grasp of reality is entirely a social construct; their epistemology does not include verifiable data. Neither reason nor evidence will persuade such a person. If you will, amuse yourself with such a post, as you did here, but don’t waste time thinking that they can be converted to a “reasonable man” status.

  7. SecularAnimist says:

    What a self-aggrandizing phony.

  8. M Tucker says:

    Let’s not get too excited. As the article says clearly at the beginning Mike Enzi is a strong coal industry supporter, he opposes alternative energy, wants to drill in ANWR and offshore. He is on the extreme Republican side on immigration, Guantanamo, Affordable Care and he is opposed to gun background checks. He is a Wyoming native. Chaney, a Virginian, will have trouble beating him. The Chaney name will not help her.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I doubt that I am the only one suffering from an excess of outrage at seeing my species eradicated by fanatic morons, ignoramuses and worse.

    • kermit says:

      I suffer, I fear, from outrage fatigue. However, out of a sense of duty, I keep my wits(1) and other tools(2) sharp, in case they are ever needed.

      (1) Relatively speaking, of course.
      (2) A list too long and gruesome to enumerate here.