Minnesota State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R) claimed last Wednesday night that climate change is a “complete United Nations fraud and lie."
Gruenhagen quoted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which has been funded by the American Petroleum Institute, noting that it's "the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry."
"The latest facts from CPAC show that in the last sixteen years there’s been no global warming," said Gruenhagen, while not revealing CPAC's financial ties to big oil companies.
According to ThinkProgress.org, Gruenhagen also claimed that green energy had created high unemployment rates in Spain and that German tax dollars had been wasted on it.
However, according to Reuters, the real cause of unemployment in Spain is the collapse of the housing bubble: "The collapse of a property boom driven by cheap credit has seen millions in the construction sector laid off since 2009 and private service sector, worth almost half gross domestic product, has followed as Spaniards tightened purse strings and investment plummeted."
While Germany's conversion to green energy has been costly, many observers say the country is leading the world down the path to renewable energy, reported The Guardian.
Ironically, Gruenhagen made his claim on the same day that more than 12,000 climate science papers were found to have a 97 percent consensus that global warming was caused by humans (video below).