The Only Cretins Who Deny Global Warming Are Old, (Rich), White Men Who Won’t Be Around in 2050


By 2050, if the 97% of climate scientists who support the reality of anthropogenic global warming — and have the data to prove it — are to be believed, the planet will be suffering from the consequences of global warming, including but not limited to:

Sea level rise

Worldwide temperature increase of up to 5.4 degrees

Increasingly horrific weather patterns

Displacement of billions from low lying countries, like Bangladesh

Ocean acidity levels to rise 150 percent

More than half of shell-building organisms along California’s near shore coastal waters will be unable to maintain their protective armor

Excess U.S. annual summer deaths due to extreme heat events projected to reach up to 3,190 to 4,748.

Deaths from extreme heat or cold could triple in major U.S. cities

Americans projected to suffer 1.6 million new cases of kidney stones

Forest wildfire burn area in the U.S. projected to increase by over 50% and as much as 175% in some areas

Property losses in California due to wildfires caused by climate change could increase by $2 billion a year

Over half of Northern Hemisphere permafrost (where methane, a more dangerous global warming gas than even CO2, is trapped) top layer could thaw

Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear

That’s some 37 years away.

And the latest surveys show that over 63% of Americans believe that global warming is real and caused by human actions. (

That leaves only 16 percent in the same survey that come out as Deniers.

Among them, the loudest, most shrill, and, unfortunately, the most-powerful and/or influential:

The Koch Brothers (77 and 73, respectively) (who remind me of the cruel, wealthy asshole brothers in “Trading Places” above), who not-so-secretly fund the global warming Denier industry, and have politicians sign a “No Climate Tax Pledge.”

US Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (66), who said:

Global warming is a total fraud.
The federal government wants to create global government to control all our lives.

Rush Limbaugh (62), who said:

You believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.

Senator James Inhofe (78), the leading Denier in Washington, D.C., who said:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

(Hmm, yet mankind can definitely destroy all living things on the planet with its nukes!)

Even a relatively “young” conservative like Rand Paul (a sprightly 50), who doesn’t exactly deny global warming, does doubt its veracity and impact:

…[T]he president’s plan [on renewable energy] comes at a time when even the scientists who agree on global warming say that the rate has slowed down for the past 15 years and counting.

The list of these Deniers is endless (well, up to the 16 percent ceiling, that is). I know this isn’t profound or anything, but do you notice anything about all these people?

They’re all male.

They’re all white.

They’re all Christian.

They’re all pretty wealthy.

They’re all middle aged-to-downright old.

But most startlingly is the fact that:

They’ll all be long-dead by 2050.

Disclaimer: No doubt there are outliers, like, Sarah Palin (48, female and just plain stupid), the preternaturally-thirsty Marco Rubio and Joe McCarthy doppelganger Ted Cruz (both 42 and Latino), but they still fit the above typecast — old(er), Christian, fairly wealthy (now).

So why should they care?

As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes postulated the other night (paraphrased), the right wing Deniers have to deny global warming. They have no choice. Because for them to admit global warming is real — and caused by human actions — means that they would have to acknowledge the necessity to combat it. And that would involve government intervention, which they philosophically oppose and abhor in knee-jerk fashion. So they MUST deny it. They have no other choice.

Makes sense to me.

But why do the rest of the, say, under 40 population — the people with the most to lose –let these old (dying) men speak for the rest of the non-old, non-white, non-rich, non-Denier world when they have NO STAKE in the matter? No skin in the game?! Nothing to lose (but the net worth of their fossil fuel interests)? Who obviously could care less about their children, grandchildren or beyond!?

We really need to rise up. Things have to change before it’s too late.

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3 Responses to The Only Cretins Who Deny Global Warming Are Old, (Rich), White Men Who Won’t Be Around in 2050

  1. What a great post. I’m going to reblog.

    Oh and sorry I keep camping out on your blog… but it has been a while since I visited.

  2. Person says:

    This hate rant on white people is disgusting.

    • I admire your gutsy anonymity. I really do. 🙂 In the nearly six years since that “white people” rant was published, the planet is in an EVEN WORSE situation insofar as global warming (or climate change) — and its white Christian Republican Denier-enablers — are concerned. We now have pumped more CO2 into the atmosphere since the prehistoric days (and never this high while mankind has been around), and we only have about ten years to get our shit together for FUTURE GENERATIONS before we cause irreversible damage for your great/grandchildren’s environment. If the Republican party is the ONLY major organized political party on the planet that still DENIES global warming, AND the Republican party is made up mostly of white people, then my thesis still stands: The only cretins who deny global warming are old, rich white people. You know, a word has been coined since this rant was written in 2013. It’s called “triggered.” And it sounds like you were triggered. Guess what — I’m white too. Sorry if you can’t take any criticism of your race, but that’s your problem. Deal.

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