What the Deniers Say About Global Warming

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman/Ranking Member of United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 2003–present (2003):

With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it.

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House, 2011–present (2009):

The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen — uh, that it’s harmful to our environment — is almost comical.

Rush Limbaugh, talk show host with a following of 14 million (2011):

All based on a hoax. All based on a fraud. All based on global warming, which by the way, is a religion. It’s proponents cannot prove it. Belief in global warming requires faith because there is no evidence. There is no evidence of manmade destructive climate change, global warming, what have you. The evidence that we have suggests that the whole thing has been a hoax and a fraud.

Glenn Beck, talk show host with a following of 7.5 million, about a speech to students on global warming (2009):

I’m trying to think where else this has been done. Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy. […] Are we having the new Hitler youth? Is that what this is? The new Hitler youth?

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), 2012 presidential candidate (2008):

The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.

Herman Cain, 2012 presidential candidate (2011):

Man-made global warming is poppycock.

As Ronald Brownstein, editorial director at National Journal, put it (2010),

It is difficult to identify another major political party in any democracy as thoroughly dismissive of climate science as is the GOP here.