We’ve all heard about Jeb Bush’s bumbling, ever-evolving position on whether he would have authorized an invasion in Iraq. The media hasn’t paid nearly as much attention to his ridiculous evasions and non-nonsensical answers to questions about climate change.
At a recent house party, Jeb tried to describe his position on climate change (and failed, miserably). These are the broad strokes of what he said:
- “The climate is changing” but we don’t know why. “I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted.”
- Claiming humans are responsible for climate change is arrogant. “For people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you,” Jeb said. “It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it, even.”
- Climate change shouldn’t be ignored, but it isn’t important either. “I don’t think it’s the highest priority. I don’t think we should ignore it, either.”
- Whatever we do to fight climate change, it better not be what Obama has proposed. “The President’s approach is, effectively, reduce economic activity to lower our carbon footprint,” Jeb said. “That’s not what he says, of course, but that’s the result of his policies.
- He thinks the answer is increased fracking.
Rather than focusing on carbon emissions, Bush said, the federal government should provide more incentives for lower carbon-producing forms of energy, like hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling.
But don’t miss that what Jeb Bush is saying is completely rubbish.
Depending on where you get the data from, somewhere between 95-97% of climate scientists agree that the climate is changing and that humans are responsible for it.
The whole reason for Jeb’s ridiculous stance on climate change is that he is trying to position himself as a moderate in a party of ridiculous extremists. The best he can do to try and please his base, and not distance himself too far from reality, is nonsensical half-statements that contradict themselves.
For example, if the climate is changing, but humans aren’t responsible, why does he think we should pursue “lower-carbon producing forms of energy.”
The answer is that Jeb Bush is a weak-willed panderer and peddler of broken ideas. He has no place on the political landscape and should go back to the Bush camp. His family has done more than enough to this country.