Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that warnings about the potential effects of climate change are overblown, arguing some global warming "would actually be good for a lot of things and people."
The comments, highlighted by liberal watchdog Media Matters, came in response to Democratic presidential candidates pressing the urgency of climate change during Tuesday night's primary debate. Limbaugh took issue with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who said climate change is the country's greatest national security threat.
"Here's Bernie Sanders last night going on and on and on about it, he was asked over and over again, number one biggest, most important, threatening issue we face. Climate change. 'If we don't act fast, our children and grandchildren may be faced with an uninhabitable planet,'" Limbaugh said on his radio show. "Nobody's even said that. I mean, you can make some cases, examples that some warming would actually be good for a lot of things and people.
"It is scary that people believe this, but it's not unusual," Limbaugh said. "Human beings have this propensity to believing, falling for every single apocalyptic doom that they are told is happening."
Limbaugh also criticized an "utterly preposterous" study that found continued greenhouse gas emissions would put many U.S. cities below sea level.
"It's just absurd, and it's all based on bogus, bohunk computer modeling. There's not one shred of scientific data," he said.
Many climate scientists have warned about the dire consequences of ignoring man-made climate change. In 2010, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal said half of earth could be uninhabitable by 2300 if current emission trends continue. And in 2014, a United Nations panel of climate scientists warned that Earth is on an "irreversible" climate change course.
"Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impact," the panel said.
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