Rush Limbaugh is sending an iPad to a 13-year-old boy named "Alex," who told the conservative radio host that he debunked man-made climate change by going to the library, reports TheHill.com (audio below).
"Where did you find this evidence? How hard was it for you to research," Rush asked the boy.
"It wasn’t that hard to learn it," Alex responded. "There is pretty much a lot of evidence that you can find. I personally just went to the local library and looked up books. That’s what I did."
"Wow. I’m surprised you find evidence of this at the library," gushed Rush. "That’s heartening. Why did you want to do this? What made you doubt the people who believe that there’s global warming?"
"Well, over the radio we listen to different things," responded Alex. "I’ve heard lots of evidence that man-made global warming is a hoax. And since I’m doing speeches, I thought it was a very interesting topic. I want to learn more about this. I guess I just always doubted that. There’s so much evidence that global warming is not man-made."
Alex didn't name the book he found, but there are many books that deny man-made climate change. According to Dr. Riley Dunlap, of Oklahoma State University, and Peter Jacques, of the University of Central Florida, most are linked to conservative think tanks.
Dunlap and Jacques published their research 'Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks: Exploring the Connection' in the journal American Behavioural Scientist.
Sponsoring and supporting books that promote "climate change denial" is key goal for conservative think tanks that pass the "climate science denial" message to the media on behalf of oil corporations and politicians.
In their report, Dunlap and Jacques write: "They are clearly a vital weapon in the conservative movement's war on climate science, and one of the key means by which it diffuses climate change denial throughout American society and into other nations. Books confer a sense of legitimacy on their authors and provide them an effective tool for combating findings of climate scientists."