Rep. McCotter: Global Warming Not A Problem Because Melting Glaciers Created The Great Lakes

December 01, 2009 1:06 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

This morning, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) appeared on Fox Red Eye to discuss the so-called "ClimateGate" scandal.  During the interview, McCotter not only embraced the conspiracy theories, but attempted to downplay irrefutable evidence that the Earth is warming.  Specifically, McCotter indicated that melting glaciers shouldn't be a major concern because that's how the Great Lakes were formed. "The people who talk about the melting of the glaciers," he said, need to "realize that the Earth has been here a long time."

MCCOTTER: Remember, the people who talk about the melting of the glaciers and others -- imagine if you were in a peninsula around 1,000 B.C. or so or earlier, and your name was Thor and you were out hunting mastodon.  And you didn't notice that the glaciers were melting and leaving the devastating flooding in its wake that became the Great Lakes in the state of Michigan.  So what I think that what we have to do is go back in history and look at this and realize that the Earth has been here a long time.  To take selective periods of time and say that somehow this proves that there's a manmade global warming occurring is absolutely wrong.  

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Aside from his faulty timeline, the congressman's argument is obviously absurd.  In McCotter's imagined scenario, Thor "didn't notice" the ice melting all around him.  In reality, though, people are already feeling the effects of climate change all around the world. 

But, hey, maybe we'll end up with some more pretty lakes.