On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh hinted that environmentalists, with the help of the Obama Administration, blew up the oil rig in Louisiana to cause what will be this country’s worst oil spill in order to improved the chances of passing carbon cap and trade legislation.
From the transcript:
“I want to get back to the timing of the blowing up, the explosion out there in the Gulf of Mexico of this oil rig….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.”
Ezra Klein asks if Limbaugh is an oil-spill truther but more importantly asks if there’s anything Limbaugh won’t say? To suppose that the U.S. government would risk destroying hundreds of miles of ocean, lush coastline and the economic stability of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, as well as those of eastern Mexico and possibly other countries, all to make it easier to pass reasonable environmental regulation is beyond absurd. It’s the ranting of a delusional man, but a man who is a leading pundit for this country’s conservatives.