Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears to be blaming Republicans for causing heat waves.
Clinton shared a post Tuesday from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which promotes the renewable energy industry. The group had put together a collage of sensational headlines about recent heat waves.
“Hot enough for you?” Clinton tweeted. “Thank a MAGA Republican. Or better yet, vote them out of office.”
Cowboy State Daily contacted Wyoming Republicans to ask if they indeed can control the weather, and they all denied having anything to do with heat waves or the wet weather in Wyoming over the past year, which has greatly benefited local farmers and ranchers.
“I would like to take responsibility for the banner year of moisture that we’ve had, but we have a creator called God that handled that business for us,” Tyler Lindholm, state director for Americans for Prosperity in Wyoming, told Cowboy State Daily.
Sen. Brian Boner, R-Douglas, also denied that Republicans are controlling the weather — for good or bad. He said if it’s happening, he has no knowledge of it and wasn’t assigned to any committees that are planning the weather.
“As a sixth-generation rancher, I need to talk to whoever amongst my fellow Republicans have this newfound power so we can leverage it to the best of our ability for Wyoming agriculture,” Boner told Cowboy State Daily.
Boner said that if Republicans did somehow have the power to control the weather, it would really help out hay farmers. Republicans could ensure a wet spring, with two or three dry weeks prior to hay cuttings.
“You would really notice a pattern if we were controlling the weather, which would be fantastic,” Boner said.
Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray told Cowboy State Daily that Clinton’s statements are reflective of a “woke” agenda that he’s fighting through his office. It’s also why he’s tried to get rules implemented on the State Land and Investment Board that would stop the influence of environmental, social and governance in state investing.
“Of course radical leftists like Hillary Clinton attribute the global warming hoax to us MAGA Republicans. It’s only to further their woke, leftist agenda to destroy America and Wyoming,” Gray said, “which has become the radical left’s new religion.”
Boner said the Democrats have been very effective at politicizing the weather and using fear of a climate apocalypse to gain support for their agendas.
“It just boggles my mind that you can claim the world is going to end in the next 50 years. You can do that for 50 years, and people still believe you,” Boner said.
He said he prefers to convince people based on logic and facts.
“I think that’s always been the Republican way, to leave emotion out of it, to the best of our ability,” Boner said.
Lindholm said he can’t speak to the Almighty’s political affiliation.
“I can probably guarantee that even God thinks Hilliary Clinton’s full of shit,” Lindholm said.
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Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, provides accurate explainers on what the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a consortium of the world’s leading climate scientists, actually says about extreme weather events.
It’s often far more uncertain and nuanced than is reported in the media.
In an entry on heat waves, Pielke shows that, according to data from the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the number of heat waves in the U.S. has increased since the 1960s, but still remains below that of the 1930s, which was prior to significant amounts of greenhouse gasses being put into the atmosphere.
“Heat waves of recent decades have not reached levels seen in the 1930s, either in their frequency or intensity,” Pielke wrote.
Pielke also notes that in all areas of the U.S., mortality risks for extreme heat events show an overall decline.
Heat waves are, however, one area in which the IPCC expresses a great deal of certainty that their intensity and frequency will increase in the future.
Pielke also states that human-caused climate change is real and significant.