Jon Stewart slammed the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology — specifically the Republicans leading it — on Monday for not being smarter than a fifth grader.
“How far back to the elementary school curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?” Stewart said during the segment (above). “Do we have to bring out the paper-machet and the baking soda so you can make a volcano?”
Stewart’s frustration came after showing clips of Republicans Steve Stockman of Texas, Dana Rohrabacher of California and Larry Bucshon of Indiana doubting the effects of climate change by purposely remaining as least informed possible. The three were questioning John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s adviser on science and technology, while debating the President’s plan to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.
“Of all the climatologists whose career depends on the climate changing to keep themselves publishing articles, yes, I could read that, but I don’t believe it,” Bucshon said.
Stewart’s translation: “I do not believe the scientists because it is their profession, not their hobby.”
Meanwhile, Buschon’s three biggest campaign donors are Murray Energy Corporation, Koch Enterprises and Peabody Enterprises.