This powerful ad speaks volumes about the climate-change deniers in the Republican Party

Oh, how the fools at the Republican Convention chortled when Mitt Romney mocked Barack Obama’s concern about rising oceans and the environmental health of the planet.

One almost (but not really) hopes that the homes of some of these idiots were among those laid waste by Hurricane Sandy or any of the other recent weather anomalies attributable to climate change.





  1. The right wing denialism of climate change is a big problem, but I also look at Romney’s comment as a rebuke of the often Biblical references that were attributed to The Messiah from the far left.

    Can you imagine anyone calling Romney the Messiah? Or building Christ statues in Romney’s likeness?

  2. Wake up, Neftali:

    Ninety-nine percent of the references to Obama as “the Messiah” or “The One” have come from wingnuts disparaging him.

    Here’s a typical example:


  3. Milton Waddams

    Exactly, why would Godless Democrats use a religious reference? Everybody know that Republicans are the only good people that believe in God.

    For the record, while I am godless, I am not a Democrat.

  4. Pat – But Republicans didn’t make this stuff up, all the Obama biblical references originally started from the liberals, so Republicans have been mocking such references for the past 4 years, and rightfully so.

  5. Neftali: I never discerned any appreciable degree of sentiment among liberals that Obama was a messianic figure.

    But you might find it interesting to read about George W. Bush’s messiah complex:


  6. Craig Knauss

    Nef, can the generalities. Give us some specific examples of all those “Biblical references”. Otherwise this is going to sound like your claim that Kennedy got us into Vietnam (even though we were already there in 1955).

    Milty, Most of the Dems I know believe in God. They just aren’t a bunch of self-righteous, hypocritical “Christian” fundamentalists.

  7. Luke Fredrickson

    Methinks religious wingnuts have guilty consciences. They see a charismatic leader who wants to help the neediest Americans and feel spiritually indicted.

    They get it that Jesus was far from a “trickle-down” type, condemning the money-changers and Pharisees (the Hebrew 1%) as anathema to God. In their heart of hearts they cannot harmonize Romney-nomics with scripture:

    “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

  8. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

    Exactly. So do it. Yourself.

    That famous gospel passage doesn’t even mention government.

  9. Pat,

    You keep confusing weather with climate, something you chide others about frequently.

    Sandy was weather, not climate. If anything the indictment would be of a society that continues to build and insure real estate in places (beachfront) that you know will eventually be smashed to bits by a storm.

    Read about the Long Island Express if you have any doubt.

  10. doc: No single weather event is proof of climate change or global warming or whatever you want to call it. But a series of weather events over a period of time can be an indication of such change.

    NASA puts it this way:

    “The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere ‘behaves’ over relatively long periods of time.

    “When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the country haven’t experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005. The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young.

    “If summers seem hotter lately, then the recent climate may have changed. In various parts of the world, some people have even noticed that springtime comes earlier now than it did 30 years ago. An earlier springtime is indicative of a possible change in the climate.”

  11. Milton Waddams

    Ron Paul agrees with you about building and insuring real estate on the Beachfront. So do I.


  12. It does a soul good to help someone in need. But when you use the government to FORCE your money to ‘good’ causes, then it does your soul NO GOOD. You didn’t DO anything for the least of Christ’s brothers and sisters. And in fact, you may not have enough resources left to Do something the help one another. Those who try to paint democrats as charitable (don’t understand what charity really is) and republicans as greedy – don’t realize or don’t care that they are lying. Nearly all the people I know (both democrats and republicans) want to help one another. But this lying that says Democrats are generous and Republicans are greedy must stop. But it’s not going to. So the BELIEVING the LIES MUST STOP!!!

  13. Craig Knauss – This site has hundreds of verifiable references to the leftist biblical references to our President.


    The Kennedy/Vietnam discussion will have to leave for a lengthy discussion for another day.

  14. doc: My reference in the post above to “Hurricane Sandy or any of the other recent weather anomalies attributable to climate change” was not well-expressed.

    I should have referred to Sandy AND the other recent weather anomalies that many scientists see, in the aggregate, as indications of climate change.

  15. The chatter above about Jesus and religion reminded me of some Bible verses that seem relevant today:

    2 Thessalonians 3:10b: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

    Proverbs 14:23: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

    And speaking of God: Pat, for God’s sake get a different Captcha. I had to paw through 20 different challenges to get one I could read.

  16. Dan: The Captcha function is beyond my control. I, too, have complained about it.

  17. Is there data to show human attribution for Sandy? None of the tropical cyclone scientists I heard from over the last few days are claiming human attribution. What tropical cyclone experts are you getting your info from Pat? NPR is not stating that there was human attribution and even Munich Re is on the record saying that climate change had nothing to do with Sandy.


    Pat have you emailed our state climatologist in Illinois and asked him if there is human attribution detected in Sandy yet? He is very knowledgeable and does a great job of dispelling myths like tornadoes are increasing in Illinois. He understands normaliztion methodology and might help you better understand how storms like Sandy do not yet show human attribution. Good luck.

  18. Pat I did not read all the cooments when I made my first comment which is still in moderation and I now see that you set the record straight on attribution so feel free tonot post my comments as you are a stand up guy and I have no issue anymore. Thanks


  19. Windy: I don’t always get to comments awaiting moderation right away. I was preoccupied when you sent your first comment. And I’m going to preoccupied for much of the afternoon. Sorry.

  20. shawnnews

    You can make the Bible say what you want. Christians all interpret it different ways. I’d figure if one was a Christian you would claim to do what Jesus says, not just the Bible.
    Still, I doubt if you can make the climate change data say what you want. That’s the point of Pat’s post. And anyone who believes that the Democrats think BO is some sort of religious figure is really foolish. He had a contentious primary with Clinton and alienated a lot of progressives by his compromises.
    But yeah, anyone who uses the whole “messiah” thing has been reading the right-wing kook mags and listening to the dippty-doos on kook radio.

  21. whatever

    I hope that the Republicans in the House stymie everything that the socialists want to do. They stand in the way of ruining part of this country. No matter what this pathetic group does, it won’t get its way. That blimp, Christie, won’t sway it either.

    Citing scripture is a first! The left used to do that a lot before they screamed “separation of church and state”. Their deformation churches got away with what real churches have not been allowed to do. If the rest of Illannoy was like southern Illinois, the state would have been on the right side of history.

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