by Michael dEstries
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I know — the last thing you want to see this morning is a snippet of The O’Reilly Factor. However, I always find it important to hear what the other side is saying — even if it’s the same tired rhetoric backed by nothing but personal opinion. Case in point, Dennis Miller — whose arguments against Al Gore’s testimony yesterday in D.C. are so thin that he believes global warming science is “guesswork”. Obviously, Miller’s knowledge on the subject is derived from such scientists as Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. He also had the audacity to ask “What happens if Al Gore is wrong?” Right — because if it turns out that climate change is not caused by humans, I’d hate for the end result to be a more sustainable nation with less pollution and increased energy independence. Damn, that would suck. Check out the clip below:

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • steph

    i’m sad that Dennis Miller is even ON the o’reilly factor :'( I didn’t know he was part of the dark side *sniffle*

  • Misty Snatchwrath

    I never get why these dumbass Global Warming deniers think it’s stupid for those of us with opposable thumbs to want a cleaner, healthier environment in which countless species aren’t teetering on the brink of extinction.

  • JL

    Misty – it’s not that they’re for pollution, they just don’t see Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant.

    They don’t want the country spending exorbitant amounts of money cleaning up the gas that we exhale.

    They also see the tax hikes on CO2-oriented businesses (automakers, industry) as grossly unfair and bordering on socialism, given the above premise (“CO2 is not a pollutant”).

    I’ve read a lot from the deniers. I understand where they’re coming from. I think the only way to bridge the situation is to concentrate on the pollution aspect and drop some of the verbiage that the Right hates so much. Everyone agrees pollution is bad.

    But, hell, Dems have control of both Houses and the Executive Branch, so the petty grumbling of O’Reilly and all the Conservatives in America really doesn’t matter… or does it?

  • jamie lynn

    steph–yeah, dennis USED to be cool. then a few years ago he started spouting off all this conservative nonsense…right around the time of “i rant, therefore i am” got released.

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  • Misty Snatchwrath

    Well, JL, I suppose I was referring to the “drill, baby drill” people who think the earth is just here for us to exploit and destroy as we see fit. Like Ann Coulter.

    “God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.'”—Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01

  • JL

    Misty – Ugh, don’t they make you shudder?

    Your bottom quote says it all – to the more religious folk, especially the born-agains, there is very little reason to be concerned about the state of this Earth. They have a much ‘better’ destination awaiting them on ‘judgment day’ – whenever the heck that is.

    The “childrens’ children” argument is the best we have to keep these people in line… but again, tackling “pollution” would be a lot simpler than convincing these folks of AGW.

    No matter the opinion or solution, I think we can all agree that Ann Coulter sucks.

  • maria

    JL and Misty:

    I think you guys are both right. I recently was thinking about it and I hit upon something – the concept of man having been given dominion over the earth, the concept that people are using as a justification for irresponsible environmental practices, does not equate with domination. Someone give these guys a thesaurus.

  • LadyConservative

    JL is on the right track. As a Conservative and a “Born Again” Christian, the reason we are so turned off by Al Gore is because of his obsession with C02 pollution. I don’t believe that C02 (aka Humans) are killing the planet, yet, I do believe that God requires us to be good stewards of our planet. While the technology that is coming out of this is better for our environment and people are being more conscientious of their stewardship of the Earth is wonderful, the flip side is the craziness of taxes and laws that some feel are necessary.

    Anyway, lets take care of our Earth and the wonderful things God has given us, but let’s not get into trampling the poor with taxes and mandates they can’t possibly do! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Let’s put as much compassion into helping our fellow human beings as we do into the environment. If you don’t think Al Gore is getting grossly rich off of all of this, you are naively mistaken.

    It would really do the world some good if people would really research these things themselves and listen to BOTH sides! That way you’d be more believable in your stance then just taking a stance based on what someone has told you.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why those so bent on fighting GW don’t consider the fact that the Earth goes through climate changes due to cycles. Just like it’s gone through Global cooling trends. Paying taxes out of our noses won’t change climate cycles that are natural…it just makes some people really rich. Do some research into Al Gore and how his companies are making millions off of the GW ruckus! Really! Research it and then think about it…just saying.

  • erin

    Sean hannity might be the most disgusting person ever.

    I am not a bit surprised to see a quote like that on his show (I take it – it was made by him?)

    Fux news needs to get off the air.

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