“I don’t know about you guys, but I think climate change is – as Lord Moncton said – crap*t,” said the Wisconsin Republican, without slurring, but referring to , and the British conservative mentioned climate change. Lord Christopher Moncton. “Well, it is.”
Johnson, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, continued that “more and more scientists” are writing books “just ruining it” and questioned why the US was focused on the climate crisis at all.
“What are we doing here? Well, we’re killing ourselves,” Johnson said, “it’s a self-inflicting wound.”
His recent comments come as North America Withstands a historic and dangerous heat wave expected to last until mid-July
That scientists are connected to the climate crisis. are responsible for the scorching sun Dozens of deaths and hundreds of emergency room visits
in the Pacific Northwest.
Johnson, who has yet to announce that he is running for re-election, has a long history of downplaying the climate crisis, but has repeatedly denied allegations that he is a climate change denialist. Huh.
In a statement, Johnson told CNN, “My statements are consistent. I am not a climate change denialist, but I am also not a climate change warner. The climate is not stable. It has always changed and always has.” will change.” Senator made a similar statement Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
last week, and later posted a response
With his opinion on climate change on his Senate website, in which he said humanity can “easily adapt” to climate change.
Johnson’s views contradict the scientific consensus that climate change is real and due to human activities
In 2016, Johnson said
, “Mankind has really thrived in warmer temperatures.” “I think the question is always what is the benefit versus cost of everything we do to clean and clean our environment,” he said. and in 2010, when he was a Senate candidate, He claimed sunspots were behind climate change
In contrast to man-made activity and excessive amounts of carbon dioxide “helps trees grow.”
“I absolutely do not believe in the science of human-caused climate change,” he said at the time.
Also in 2010, Johnson falsely suggested
The country of Greenland was “at one time really green” for dismissing the effects of climate change.
And a few months ago, in March 2021, the senator reiterated that belief In an interview with the New York Times
. “I could be wrong there, but it’s always been my belief that, at some point, those early explorers saw the green,” Johnson said. “I do not know.” The original origin of the country’s name comes from a Norse explorer, Erik the Red, who sought to attract settlers to the country.
At a Republican luncheon in early June, Johnson said the media and Democrats used the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change to create a “state of fear” and “control”. He also criticized committees seeking to address climate change in Washington.
“It was all about creating a state of fear as they tried to do with global warming. Oh, I’m sorry. It’s climate change now. Yeah. Whatever works,” joked Johnson. “Whatever they can do, you can set up a state of fear so that they can step in and ease their fear.”
“Of course, you know, the way they’ve been reduced and it’s amazing in Washington, you see these committees, all these problems we’re always dealing with. Okay. All these issues. Not me, me. Don’t miss an issue where the first solution isn’t always more money,” Johnson said. “More money. More money. More money and of course, you follow money and money creates control.”
Notably, a small group of House Republicans recently Conservative Climate Caucus
, which seeks to educate Republicans on climate change policies and legislation as an alternative to well-known progressive policies such as the Green New Deal.