Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests environmentalists planned the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to derail support for offshore drilling.
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Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests environmentalists planned the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to derail support for offshore drilling
Limbugh expressed suspicion about the timing of the BP oil well explosion, which occurred April 20 — shortly before U.S. senators were expected to unveil a compromise energy bill that included offshore drilling.
Now, lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day. I remember that. And then it was postponed for a couple of days later after Earth Day, and then of course immigration has now moved in front of it. But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they’re sending SWAT teams down there, folks, since they’re sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.
Has Limbaugh, known for blasting environmentalists, gone too far?
His conspiracy theory gained traction today, reports the Climate Progress blog. On Fox and Friends, President George W. Bush’s press secretary Dana Perino said she was “not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory” before asking, “But was this deliberate?”
Limbaugh’s comments hardly surprise opponents. Nikki Gloudeman of Change. org., a self-described “online hub for social change,” writes:
He’s been spouting anti-environment rhetoric for so long, the Environmental Defense Fund issued a report on errors in his eco-attacks back in 1994. More recently, he hyped coal and overconsumption on Earth Day and said he hoped New York Times environment reporter Andrew Revkin would “kill himself.”
The question is: Do these attacks matter? Have they mattered?
In one way, it feels silly to turn Limbaugh’s eco-outbursts into news. He says offensive things about different people all the time, so it’s hardly shocking. But on a deeper level, his words reveal a sad truth about conservatism and environmentalism; that in some cases, the antagonistic relationship is reactionary rather than ideological.
From USA Today