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Rand Paul: “Climate change hysteria is the height of modern faux-intellectual douchebaggery”

“They all predicted, you know, the poor Statue of Liberty was going to drown within 100 years, and the polar bears, and all…that alarmist kind of stuff.”

Climate change hysteria is the height of modern faux-intellectual douchebaggery– a belief system that mocks skeptics as simpletons, but which cannot withstand the slightest intellectual scrutiny.

1) The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. For most of that time, the Earth has been either covered in ice or rivers of molten lava.

Therefore, we can conclude with absolute certainty that climate change occurs naturally.

2) The extent to which anthropogenic pollution contributes to climate change is estimated at between fractions of degrees to several degrees per century.

To fear man-caused climate change, one must believe:

A) That the average temperature of Earth in 2014 is objectively “better” or “worse” than the average temperature of Earth in 10, 20, or 30 thousand years ago.

B) That the fractional increase (or decrease) in temperature over the course of centuries would be far more destructive than the massive economic, political, and social upheaval needed to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Both of which are preposterous.

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