My favorite Republican politicians are guys like Glenn Gruenhagen
Most of us rabid political partisans, whether lefties or righties, take special pleasure in citing what we see as the excessive rhetoric of certain people on the other side of the spectrum.
And so it is with me when right-wingers like Republican State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (above) of Minnesota spout their particular brand of nonsense.
Gruenhagen has been in office for little more than two years, but already he’s made quite a reputation for himself.
For example, he held a news conference a couple of months ago to denounce legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. Homosexuality, he said, is a “mental illness” that can be cured through therapy. He also said that any theory that people are born gay is “an unscientific lie.”
I suspect that Gruenhagen’s keen grasp of science also includes rejection of evolution.
Glenn made news on the scientific front again this past week when he took to the floor of the Minnesota House to DISPUTE mainstream scientific theories regarding climate change:
Using sources such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Gruenhagen told his colleagues that climate change is a “complete United Nations fraud and lie…. The latest facts from CPAC show that in the last sixteen years there’s been no global warming.”
While it is common practice among climate skeptics to claim that the Earth is no longer warming, the fact is global temperatures are rising. 2010 was the hottest year on record and every year of the 2000s was warmer than the 1990s average. Over 30 million people were displaced by climate-related extreme weather events in 2012, and it is increasingly likely millions more will be displaced in the near future.
Gruenhagen made his speech the same day a new survey of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers found a 97 percent consensus that global warming is happening and humans are the cause and just a few days after it was reportedthat atmospheric C02 levels reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human existence
Indeed, Minnesota residents are feeling the very real impacts of climate change. The MinnPost reportsthat three 1,000 year floods have occurred in the state in the last eight years as a result of shifts in rainfall patterns. Extreme drought is occurring not just in Minnesota but almost every state, and climate change is having cumulative stress on the Great Lakes. Rising levels of water vapor in the warming atmosphere are spiking heat indexes and associated health warnings.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see Glenn Gruenhagen in a debate with an actual climate scientist?
I’d pay money to see something like that.
Meanwhile, I’ll just content myself with mocking Republicans like him.