On Tuesday, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, stated his beliefs about global climate change in front of a crowd of conservatives, dismissing global warming as “religion” and arguing that climate change is, in fact, a positive thing.
“It’s not proven, it’s not science,” King said at the Fort Dodge event, which was sponsored by the conservative advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity. “It’s more of a religion than a science.”
King also expressed his belief that environmental scientists focus too much on the negative aspects of climate change instead of recognizing the possible positive effects of global warming.
“Everything that might result from a warmer planet is always bad in [environmentalists’] analysis,” King said. “There will be more photosynthesis going on if the Earth gets warmer. And if sea levels go up 4 or 6 inches, I don’t know if we’d know that.”
According to King, rising sea levels are a bad measure of the negative effects of global climate change.
“We don’t know where sea level is even, let alone be able to say that it’s going to come up an inch globally because some polar ice caps might melt because there’s CO2 suspended in the atmosphere,” he said.
King’s arguments are in direct contrast with a number of existing studies on global warming. One recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that greenhouse gas emissions have already guaranteed a sea level rise of four feet in the coming years — a number that suggests much graver consequences than the few inches dismissed by King.