Environment Super Stupid

That’s One Way of Looking At It

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says there's no point in spending money to fight climate change because the sun will eventually become a red giant and incinerate the Earth anyway.

I think the world is getting warmer and I think that it's man-caused. That said, should we be engaged in cap-and-trade taxation? No, I don't think that we should. We should lend certainty to the energy field. We should be building new coal-fired plants. [...]

Should we take the long term view when it comes to global warming? I think that we should, and the long term view is that in billions of years the Sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future."

If this is your long term view, what's the point of anything? The sun will eventually expand and engulf the free markets of Earth and every page of Randian fantasy that has ever been written. Why not give it up now?

Nihilism is Gary Johnson's superpower.

  • Ken Kohl

    From the moment we’re born, the clock begins to tick on our deaths. Johnson’s “billions of years” timeline is optimistic for the race…

  • swift_4

    Dammit Gary. You were polling at 15%. People were starting to think you were not the usual Libertarian, not the guy who seems reasonable at first but is really an ignorant whackadoodle.

    Please stop talking. Go out and make your canned stump speech to Trump supporters and see if you can suck some of them away from Trump.

    • tracey marie

      He is polling at 9%

  • Draxiar

    What’s the point in speed limits? People are going to speed anyway. What’s the point in gun regulation? If someone wants a gun they find a way to get it. What’s the point in learning things? We’ll all die in 80 years. What’s the point in having fun? You’ll be sad again at some point….etc…etc…etc…

    So Johnson’s platform, at least in this regard, is: Problems are easy, solutions are hard. He makes a great case for doing nothing at all.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    At least he got one thing right: The only real debate about climate change is whether we should do anything about it. Not whether it exists, not whether it’s caused by human activity, and not whether we can control it.

    That said, libertarianism is still a childish fantasy that could only work in a world populated entirely and exclusively by libertarians.

    • I agree except for one thing–only male libertarians. Women’s rights are pesky nuisances to them.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        And it assumes something else: not only that libertarians are perfect, flawless human beings, but that they’re incorruptible. I.e., that they won’t abandon libertarian dogma when reality turns against them.

        • All the libertarians I know, when they get into financial trouble, turn to the government for help. So it doesn’t take much for them to put out their grubby paws for some soshulism when push comes to shove.

          • GrafZeppelin127

            Which only goes to show that libertarianism only works in an intellectual petri dish. The realities of human life make it impossible.

            Anyone who has read Atlas Shrugged needs to read Lord of the Flies before drawing any conclusions.

          • Amen

  • fry1laurie

    Johnson looks like Sterling Holloway, the voice of Winnie the Pooh, in the first pic. Now read his quotes with that voice in mind, it’s hillarious.

  • gescove

    Who is this guy, the young Alvie Singer in Annie Hall? Fercrissakes. Kevin Drum took him down in epic fashion in Mother Jones (http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/09/why-are-there-any-liberals-supporting-gary-johnson-list) the other day. Conservatism is a mental illness, but Libertarianism is just flat out nuts.

  • Badgerite

    Has he figured out where Aleppo is yet? Well maybe that is why it simply is not worth the trouble for Gary Johnson to know anything about anything. Because in “billions of years the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth” Yes, well, we humans usually only plan for a couple of spans of our own lifetime.
    Go figure. We usually don’t plan billions of years ahead due to ……practical concerns. I guess everything is relative. This guy is actually giving trump a run for his money in saying unbelievably stupid stuff.

    • It is a wonder how he was ever elected governor of New Mexico, isn’t it?

      • Badgerite

        Well, he probably at least knows where it is and even though it shouldn’t matter because in billions of years the sun will encompass New Mexico anyway, I guess the fact that he knows where it is must have counted for something. I guess.
        Short answer. Yes.

  • chris ellis

    What an asshole.

  • muselet

    Republicans tend to cycle through five arguments for why we should do nothing about climate change (1. climate change isn’t happening, 2. climate change may be happening but human activity is not responsible, 3. human activity may be responsible for some climate change but the extent is unknown, 4. human activity is responsible for climate change but it’s too expensive to do anything about it, 5. it doesn’t matter whether human activity is responsible for climate change because there’s nothing that can be done about it), depending on the political needs of the moment.

    Only a glibertarian could mash arguments 4 and 5 together and add new coal-fired plants for lagniappe and act as if he weren’t talking cobblers. That’s art, that is.

    And some people wonder why I refuse to take libertarians seriously even for a femtosecond.


    • Christopher Foxx

      Ha! The Five Stage Response Policy. I love it.

      And I can’t help but hearing Sir Humphrey’s voice when I read it.

  • Aynwrong

    This guy is proving himself to be a clown one appearance in the media after another. Yesterday evening Gwen Eiffel asked him about police brutality directed at the African American community and he immediately started talking about the drug war. His first thoughts were his weed.

  • Georgie

    Well, isn’t he a pile of laughs.

    • muselet

      Well, he’s a pile of something, all right.


  • Michael B. Conway

    So that means, like our whole solar system could be like one tiny atom in the fingernail of some other giant being. Duuuuuude.