Peter Sinclair writes at Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
The net effect of climate denial, tobacco denial, and science denial in general is to create a population that does not trust science, evidence, or fact, and instead relies on the pronouncements of ideological zealots like Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump, who serve their own ends, and in general, those of the most wealthy and powerful in society.
The current status of the GOP nomination process shows just how advanced that process is. For a Republican candidate to opine that the earth is more than 5000 years old is considered edgy and risky with the base. And of course, climate science, as this quote from right wing radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh shows, is beyond the pale.
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