Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

John Boehner: ‘I'm Not Qualified To Debate the Science Over Climate Change'

Climate
John Boehner: ‘I'm Not Qualified To Debate the Science Over Climate Change'

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives admits he is not be the best person to discuss climate change, but he knows that legislative proposals aimed at fighting it are bad.

John Boehner, R-Ohio, dropped that hard-to-understand gem Thursday at the Republican leadership press conference in anticipation of President Barack Obama unveiling new emissions rules written by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency next week. Instead of leaving things at his admission that he's "not qualified to debate the science over climate change"—one he could have made years ago—Boehner takes a dig at everything climate related Obama has considered doing.

It remains unseen how he concluded that potential climate legislation would hurt the economy if he admits to actually knowing little about climate change. Boehner provides his thoughts at the 11:15 mark in this video uploaded by C-SPAN:

As ThinkProgress points out, this is far from the first time Boehner has said something bizarre related to climate change. Five years ago, he said the “idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical.”

It's, of course, not a carcinogen.

——–

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE

Sheldon Whitehouse Slams Marco Rubio’s Climate Change Views, Extends Senate-Floor Invitation

Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy Debate Congresswoman Who Claims Climate Change is ‘Unproven’

——–


OlgaMiltsova / iStock / Getty Images Plus

By Gwen Ranniger

In the midst of a pandemic, sales of cleaning products have skyrocketed, and many feel a need to clean more often. Knowing what to look for when purchasing cleaning supplies can help prevent unwanted and dangerous toxics from entering your home.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter


JasonOndreicka / iStock / Getty Images

Twenty-five years ago, a food called Tofurky made its debut on grocery store shelves. Since then, the tofu-based roast has become a beloved part of many vegetarians' holiday feasts.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Protestors walk past an image of a Native American woman during a march to "Count Every Vote, Protect Every Person" after the U.S. presidential Election in Seattle, Washington on November 4. Jason Redmond / AFP / Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

A leading environmental advocacy group marked Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday by urging President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Kamala Harris, and the entire incoming administration "to honor Indigenous sovereignty and immediately halt the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Line 3 pipelines."

Read More Show Less
Marilyn Angel Wynn / Getty Images

By Christina Gish Hill

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too.

Read More Show Less
Former U.S. Sec. of Energy Ernest Moniz listens during the National Clean Energy Summit 9.0 on October 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken / Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit

By Jake Johnson

Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency.

Read More Show Less