On Wednesday, four former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators testified before Congress in an attempt to convince current Congressional Republicans on the threat of climate change. On last night's episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explained why that won't work.
"People are always complaining that the Republican party ignores so-called climate change science, but there's a reason why they refuse to listen to alarmists," Stewart said. "Republicans aren't going to fall for liberal lies anymore, which is why [Wednesday] they finally got to hear the facts from some of their own."
So maybe, Stewart hoped, Republicans in Congress will listen to their own party. EPA chiefs from past Republican administrations went before Congress: "Nixon, double Bush, the great Reagan himself, blessed be thy name," Stewart quipped. "You know that people who worked for those titans of history are going to give us the straight dope. Listen up, tree-huggers."
Yet the EPA heads argued for action on climate change. "Climate change warnings and EPA empowerment coming from actual Republicans?" Stewart asked. "That's like being told pizza causes cancer by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
But not even that convinced skeptical Republicans. According to Stewart, there's only one way left to convince the GOP in Congress of the dangers of climate change: "Republican lawmakers won't listen to Al Gore, they won't listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson, they won't listen to Bill Nye the Science Guy, now they won't even listen to members of their own party. There is really only one solution to get Republicans to do something about climate change.
"Barack Obama must become a global warming denier."
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