Limbaugh quotes from a Times article about the paper (gated link) and critiques it:

“Using survey data, it finds that high unemployment rates are associated with less concern for the environment and greater skepticism about global warming.”  I don’t think unemployment has nothing to do with it.  It has to do with the fact that we have now learned that man-made global warming is a hoax that has been perpetrated by a bunch of leftists, and the guys participating in it at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the University of East Anglia have been found out.  And even though the partisan political operative media has yet to report on this, we have — and more and more people are understanding now what a fraud this whole thing has been, like much of liberalism is. “The Chilling Effect of Recession.”

He adds:

Despite all their efforts over the last 20 to 30 years to make you feel guilty for causing all this destruction, now we have a recession that’s come along and, damn it, you are being so selfish that you’ve given up the notion that you have to save the planet.  Now you want a job instead, and these ruling class professors are distressed. By the way, as we have previously noted on this program, Google searches themselves cause global warming.  “From national surveys…” This is from the abstract:  “From national surveys, we find that an increase in a state’s unemployment rate is associated with a decrease in the probability that residents think global warming is happening and reduced support for the US to target policies intended to mitigate global warming. Finally, in California, we find that an increase in a county’s unemployment rate is associated with a significant decrease in county residents choosing the environment as the most important policy issue.”

So now you, you selfish people, are so concerned about finding a job while you’re unemployed that you are forgetting about global warming.  You are forgetting about environmentalism.  “From the study’s abstract: ‘[W]e find that an increase in a state’s unemployment rate decreases Google searches for “global warming” and increases searches for “unemployment,” and that the effect differs according to a state’s political ideology.’” So this scientific survey is using Google searches for their data?  This is hilarious.  This is actually from the study by these two university professors: “We find that an increase in a state’s unemployment rate decreases Google searches for ‘global warming’…”  They’re actually judging public interest in global warming by examining Google searches, and they’re ticked off more of you people are entering the search term “unemployment” than you are “global warming.”

Limbaugh grudgingly/sarcastically admits:

I am not making this up.  These are learned, high-education, ruling class members — the best and the brightest, the smartest — and they’re out there researching why it is that you don’t care about global warming.

We are all used to such reports, delivered behind the veil of anonymity furnished by peer-reviewed journals.  But to have infamy delivered in public and by Rush Limbaugh.  Surely, a mark of honor.

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