Santorum says climate change not real, CO2 not a danger, because plants like CO2

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum actually said today that the danger of increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the resultant climate change it can cause, is nothing to worry about because: “Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is.”

Well, under the same theory, if we locked one of the Santorum children in an airtight room filled with only carbon dioxide, then they’d flourish just like a pretty little rose, wouldn’t they?

What a ridiculous argument.

And I guess they keep a lot of cyanide available in the Santorum household because cyanide is made up of carbon and nitrogen, and ask any barbecue fan how dangerous charcoal is, and ask any plant how dangerous nitrogen is.

All jokes aside, this is a sign of how extreme, and dangerous, the Republican party has become.  They’re anti-science, and anti-facts.  In Santorum’s case,  you almost believe that he believes what he’s saying.  That he’s too dumb to even see the logical fallacy in what he’s asserting.  And it’s something the Republican party does a lot.  They enjoy talking to their voters like they’re idiots – it’s the same thing Fox News does, pandering to the gullibility of their audience.  The thing is, it’s not bias, it’s far worse than that.  You can be biased and still make a reasonable argument.  They’re not interested in reason.  As Santorum famously said the other week, only an elitist would want their kid to go to college.  Because the goal is to have the populace be as dumb as possible, and politicians as unrestrained as possible.

The real irony is that all its talk of the dangers of unlimited government, it’s the Republican party that’s trying to do away with the gate-keepers of government power, be they the media, the courts, science or facts.


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