Rush is Mush: Limbaugh Denies Global Warming Impact on Polar Bears

from Wildlife Promise

Poor Rush. He’s now reduced to calling weathermen liars and people who care about the plight of the polar bear wackos. Next he’ll be stealing candy from babies.

Now, if the polar bears are disappearing and you’re up there on their turf and you’re drilling holes in their turf that they might fall into, and they come along and they don’t like this–and you’re trying to protect them and the environment–let them eat you! It’s the least you can do.

Earth to Rush: Elvis is dead. Global warming is real. And you really need to take a vacation–to the Arctic.

While global warming deniers have clearly lost the battle on the scientific front, they have entered a new stage in their attempts to discredit the widely accepted belief among scientists that humans are causing global warming. This new strategy, largely of ad hominem attacks on scientists and other key figures in the environmental movement, is becoming a disturbing trend in the echo-chamber populated by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage. Rather than disputing the content of the message, they have been reduced to childish attacks and outright deception. While this trend is not entirely new, it appears to be more coordinated now than ever before.

Join us on the flipside for the latest nonsense out of Limbaugh’s mouth, the facts that prove him wrong and a simple yet effective action you can take right now.

On his widely syndicated radio talk show Thursday, Rush referred to those who accept global warming as fact as, “environmentalist wackos.” Sure Rush, the scientific community at large, as well as the Bush administration, are all environmentalist wackos. He then went on to address “some guy” aka John Kostyack of the National Wildlife Federation, as well as the environmental movement as a whole, with the following: “you are all wrong, and whether you know it or not, you are lying to your audiences.” In a further attempt to somehow make himself look even more ridiculous than he already does, Rush also claimed that the habitat of polar bears is not shrinking.

Unfortunately for Rush, the facts are on our side:

1)  NASA photos and documentation showing a steady decline in polar sea ice since at least the 1970s.

2)  The scientific community, as evidenced by the IPCC (pdf), has reached a consensus that it is “very likely” that global warming is caused by human emissions.

3) The National Snow and Ice Data Center: “If current rates of decline in sea ice continue, the summertime Arctic could be completely ice-free well before the end of this century.” Click here to see a graph depicting this decline between 1978 and 2005.

You can take action on this now by contacting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall and informing him you are among the majority that supports the proposal to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service is only taking public comments on this until April 9th so it is essential that you make your voice heard immediately!

Please distribute this message broadly and freely.  The best way to counteract the work of global warming deniers is to let the truth spread like wildfire.