Dana Rohrabacher, vice chair of the Science Committee


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) took some time at an event in his home district this weekend to pontificate on the climate crisis. To put it mildly, his remarks were not at all encouraging.

The Nation provided a partial transcript, highlighting the most striking portion of his remarks:

“Just so you know, global warming is a total fraud and it is being designed by – what you’ve got is you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions. Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives. That’s what the game plan is.

“It’s step by step by step, more and bigger control over our lives by higher levels of government. And global warming is that strategy in spades…. Our freedom to make our choices on transportation and everything else? No, that’s gotta be done by a government official who, by the way, probably comes from Nigeria because he’s a UN government official, not a US government official.”

If Rohrabacher’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s suggested global warming may be the result of dinosaur flatulence. Now he’s sharing some related theories on the subject.

Did I mention that congressional Republicans made Rohrabacher the vice chair of the House Science Committee?

The efforts within the GOP to persuade climate deniers have a long way to go.