Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth on Tuesday mocked “young kids” worried about the existential threat posed by climate change days after meteorologists announced that July 2019 had replaced July 2016 as the hottest month on record and months after NASA confirmed that June 2019 was the warmest June on record, beating out June 2016 by a comfortable margin.
Hegseth began by criticizing 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders for being concerned about climate change.
“The left says it all the time, it is their religion,” Hegseth said after playing a clip of Sanders classifying climate change as the “major national security issue” for the U.S. was played.
“They want to fight the weather. The rest of us want to deal with real threats that want to take away our freedoms,” Hegseth added, purposefully confusing weather with climate.
“And — think about four years ago. What was that, 2015? ISIS was still, you know, this was during Obama’s term. ISIS was still a huge problem. The caliphate was there. President Trump ran on destroying ISIS, which he did to their physical caliphate. Now there’s remnants that we need to be concerned about today. That’s taking on a real threat directly. Whether it’s hot or cold, the enemy is here, as far as liberals are concerned. And it’s all about control for them. That’s why climate change is the perfect enemy. They get to control your life to deal with it no matter what’s happening.”
Hegseth continued: “And that makes sense for Bernie. By the way, it’s what they’re learning in college across the board. They’re not learning about radical Islam. They’re learning about environmentalism and radical environmentalism and they’re being told it’s the most important thing. All those kids going to schools, public and private. That’s why these messages catch on. It’s because young kids voting believe it.”
“I don’t know how they’re going to feel when you take away their cars, and you take away their airplanes, and cows, and burgers,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
“Well yeah, take away their freedom to choose, and we didn’t even get to the fact that university is getting rid of beef, in London, completely. No beef, completely, because they want to reduce their carbon footprint,” Hegseth said.
According to NASA, at least 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is caused by human activity over the last century.
A recent report by the United Nations warned that the world has a little more than a decade to take serious action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and pollution before there is an irreversible impact on the global environment.