On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh blamed air conditioning for the fact that people believe in climate change.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “I have a theory about global warming and why people think it’s real. Go back, 30, 40 years when there was much less air conditioning in the country. When you didn’t have air conditioning and you left the house, it may have in fact gotten a little cooler out there because sometimes houses become hot boxes. Especially if you are on the second or third floor of a house in the summer time, and all you’ve got is open windows and window fan, or a servant fanning you with a piece of paper. When you walked outside no big deal still hot as hell, now 30, 40 years later all this air conditioning, and it’s a huge difference when you go outside. When you go outside now, my golly is it hot, global warming. It’s all about the baseline you’re using for comparison.”
This theory is almost a crazy as Limbaugh’s belief that the heat index is a government conspiracy. Limbaugh has no time for any of the scientific evidence, or the record breaking extreme weather events that are now occurring with regularity. Nope, the problem is air conditioning. If we weren’t cooled off so well by our A/C, we would be able to see that there is no climate change at all.
To Rush Limbaugh, climate change is a state of mind. Air conditioners have made us think that it is hotter than what it really is. The people who believe in climate change have been duped by air conditioning.
It’s not like there is any scientific evidence to support climate change:
Turn off your air conditioner, go stand outside, and see for yourself that global warming doesn’t exist.
Just don’t stay out there too long because the temperatures associated with the never before seen heat wave will kill you if you do.