A recent sketch on Real Time with Bill Maher illustrates the insanity of both Republican climate change denial and the bizarre tradition that we Americans maintain every February called Groundhog Day.
Regarding the latter issue, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who is the focus of the holiday, was reported to have not seen his shadow upon emerging from his tree trunk in the morning, therefore making a “prediction” that Spring will be coming early this year. The emcee of the Groundhog Club thus proclaimed the following:
There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast! Take your jackets off, you’re not going to need them!
Of course, the good folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)–in a move that might likely spoil everybody’s fun, rendering the whole affair kind of silly and pointless–has compiled a chart clarifying, in their words, that Punxsutawney Phil has had “no predictive skills” in forecasting the weather in recent years. I guess it’s still quite amusing though to watch the members of the groundhog club dress up in black suits and large, consciously old-fashioned top hats, handling a confused, terrified rodent who has no idea why these hordes of bundled up humans keep showing up at his log every year.
Bill Maher, however, couldn’t help but use this year’s “warm-weather forecast” by ole Punxsutawney Phil to poke fun at far right Republican politicians like Ted Cruz, who often deny the scientific reality of Earth’s changing climate. You can watch the video below from youtube:
“They’re crazy about this issue,” said Maher, referring to the common Republican trend of climate change denial. “Naturally, conservatives now think that Punxsutawney Phil is in the tank with the liberals on global warming.”
The host then proceeded to air a fake “attack ad” on Punxsutawney Phil, labeling the rodent as just another “scientist” giving “alarmist” predictions about “global warming”. The ad asked absurd rhetorical questions to ridicule both scientists and Phil, such as “if last year was the warmest in recorded history, then how come it snowed?” and “if scientists are so good at predicting the future, then how come more scientists don’t win the lottery?”
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