I’ve never been a fan of Rush Limbaugh, he’s always been someone who creates controversy by stoking hate and division.
For the most part I’ve ignored him over the years beacuse he’s just too far out there.
But today I will make an exception. On his radio show today Limbaugh spews the most vitriolic rant against environmentalists. He compares them to terrorists, wackos and “jihad guys” and then says that NY Times environment reporter Andy Revkin should kill himself.
It’s so easy for someone like Limbaugh to say such things because he knows it plays to his audience and in turn he makes a mountain of cash. He’s playing people for his own financial gain, but the unfortunate consequence is that this type of shock radio does nothing to advance the interests of the American people. It only breeds hatred.
Here’s the audio and below that is the full transcript provided by the amazing team at Media Matters for America:
LIMBAUGH: I think these militant environmentalists, these wackos, have so much in common with the jihad guys. Let me explain this. What do the jihad guys do? The jihad guys go to families under their control and they convince these families to strap explosives on who? Not them. On their kids. Grab your 3-year-old, grab your 4-year-old, grab your 6-year-old, and we’re gonna strap explosives on there, and then we’re going to send you on a bus, or we’re going to send you to a shopping center, and we’re gonna tell you when to pull the trigger, and you’re gonna blow up, and you’re gonna blow up everybody around you, and you’re gonna head up to wherever you’re going, 73 virgins are gonna be there. The little 3- or 4-year-old doesn’t have the presence of mind, so what about you? If it’s so great up there, why don’t you go? Why don’t you strap explosives on you – and their parents don’t have the guts to tell the jihad guys, “You do it! Why do you want my kid to go blow himself up?” The jihad guys will just shoot ‘em, ‘cause the jihad guys have to maintain control.
The environmentalist wackos are the same way. This guy from The New York Times, if he really thinks that humanity is destroying the planet, humanity is destroying the climate, that human beings in their natural existence are going to cause the extinction of life on Earth – Andrew Revkin. Mr. Revkin, why don’t you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying?
From Revkin’s New York Times blog post (emphasis added):
More children equal more carbon dioxide emissions. And recent research has resulted in renewed coverage of the notion that one of the cheapest ways to curb emissions in coming decades would be to provide access to birth control for tens of millions of women around the world who say they desire it. A study by researchers at the London School of Economics and commissioned by the Optimum Population Trust came to the following conclusion:
U.N. data suggest that meeting unmet need for family planning would reduce unintended births by 72 per cent, reducing projected world population in 2050 by half a billion to 8.64 billion. Between 2010 and 2050 12 billion fewer “people-years” would be lived - 326 billion against 338 billion under current projections. The 34 gigatons of CO2 saved in this way would cost $220 billion - roughly $7 a ton [metric tons]. However, the same CO2 saving would cost over $1trillion if low-carbon technologies were used. (Here’s a link to a pdf of the report.)
I recently raised the question of whether this means we’ll soon see a market in baby-avoidance carbon credits similar to efforts to sell CO2 credits for avoiding deforestation. This is purely a thought experiment, not a proposal. But the issue is one that is rarely discussed in climate treaty talks or in debates over United States climate legislation. If anything, the population-climate question is more pressing in the United States than in developing countries, given the high per-capita carbon dioxide emissions here and the rate of population growth. If giving women a way to limit family size is such a cheap win for emissions, why isn’t it in the mix?