In Episode 13, season 1 of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! they try to prove the global warming crisis, among other things, was created by the out of control imagination of hysterical hippies and environmentalists. This is why the episode is titled "Environmental Hysteria". We would just like to point out that Penn Jillette is a research fellow of the ExxonMobil and Industry funded CATO institute which has strong minarchist leanings. This gives Penn Jillete a conflict of interest when it comes to any topic that might require government regulation. During the show he puts Tobacco and Oil funded lobbyists against hippie college protesters.
penn jillette happens to be a little 'randy', fyi
Maher responded to the criticism, noting, "What I've read about what they think I'm saying is not what I've said. I'm not a germ theory denier. I believe vaccinations can work. Polio is a good example. Do I think in certain situations that inoculating Third World children against malaria or diphtheria, or whatever, is right? Of course. In a situation like that, the benefits outweigh costs. But to me living in Los Angeles? To get a flu shot? No." (see Vaccine controversy)
But you know, sure. Whatever. Let's just snark. Ok.
Dawkins thought "meme" was a nifty idea.
It's the same with Maher. And so we have two of America's most public voices against religion espousing a political philosophy that is unproven, ahistoric, and relies entirely on faith to support. Bravo.
Why does climate science get special treatment for being so hard? By his standard, since he's not a historian, how can he assess if David Irving isn't really the one who's right about the Holocaust?
"Western Europe has US bases on their land, so they don't need to spend as much on the military, which means they can afford to have health care because they're not spending it on defense like we are..." (and of course included in that is a lot of dog-whistle politics including "welfare" and "lazy" and "we're the daddy of the world"/macho tough guy bullshit)
This assumes he denies that global warming exists. He doesn't.
That isn't the way I read it. I take it that he simply doesn't care one way or the other.
He's NOT DENYING THAT IT'S HAPPENING. For fuck's sake.
He's saying there is more than one topic involved in the issue. Is it happening? Did we cause it? Can we stop it? How do we stop it?
Because he's not QUALIFIED. And neither are you. The only thing any of us laypeople can do is defer to scientific consensus. Show me where Penn Jillette doesn't defer to scientific consensus.
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