The Earth is cooling, not warming, according to Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele. While serving as a guest host for William Bennett's national conservative radio program recently, Steele addressed the question of climate change by saying that recent warming trends are “part of the cooling process.”
According to Steele:
“We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger in quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? Not very long.”
Some are criticizing Steele’s assessment. In an article for the Huffington Post, reporter Sam Stein wrote facetiously that “Steele didn’t disappoint,” and pointed that Greenland is believed to have gotten its name not because of forestation, but “from Erik the Red, who wanted to trick people into going to that island as opposed to the more hospitable Iceland.”
Steele’s words mirror the sentiments of prominent Republicans like Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Senate Minority Leader John Boehner, who have criticized claims that human actions are causing the Earth to warm at an unprecedented rate.
Other Republicans, like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arizona Senator John McCain have expressed that Americans need to take action to combat the effects of global warming.
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