Louie Gohmert, Again: Greenland Proves Climate Change Is A Myth

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has endorsed his fellow Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s bid for the presidency, but he had some words of admiration for Donald Trump in an interview today with “Breitbart News Daily,” saying that the GOP frontrunner has “taken on political correctness” and “even the pope, for heaven’s sakes.”

Gohmert warned that “at some point” Trump’s attacks on the pope and others will become an “Achilles’ heel,” but the congressman took the opportunity to criticize the pope for believing in climate change.

He criticized the pope for “saying that the number-one problem is climate change and that he can’t see that socialism, anywhere it’s ever been done, it’s always led to, you know, just a totalitarian government.”

“When everybody’s in heaven, socialism will be great,” he told the program’s host, Steven Bannon, “but in this world it’s never worked, it requires totalitarian government, it requires giving up your freedoms, your freedom of speech and religion and all these things. So it’s amazing to see a pope who’s saying let’s all get behind the thing that always destroys freedom of religion.”

Gohmert then brought up a talking point he’sused before, falsely claiming that somewhat higher temperatures in Greenland during the Viking age mean that climate change is a myth.

“I also noticed, Steven, that it seems like when you hear somebody say over and over again that climate change is our biggest problem, they don’t know that climate has been changing a lot worse over all the millennia of mankind,” Gohmert said. “In fact, I asked a witness, hey, is it as warm as it was back when Leif Erickson and the Norse came across to Greenland and had all those farms in Greenland? He said, it’s never gotten anywhere close to being that warm since then. Do we have any idea what kind of internal combustion engines they were using back then that was causing all this climate change?”

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