GOP senator's crackpot solution to climate change: 'Have some kids'


Republican Sen. Mike Lee says the solution to the serious problem of climate change is to 'fall in love' and 'have some kids.'

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spent thirteen minutes on the Senate floor in a rambling, unfocused attack on efforts to combat climate change, leading up to the declaration that having "some kids" would solve one of America's most pressing issues.

The statement was made Tuesday as part of a show vote devised by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to attack the Green New Deal.

"The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution, but the serious business of human flourishing," said Lee. "The solution to so many of our problems, at all times and in all places: fall in love, get married, and have some kids."

Lee made his remark while standing next to an enlarged photo of babies to emphasize his statement.

The Washington Post wrote that Lee's argument "doesn't track with science or reason," noting research that shows that increased population has led to more problems with greenhouse gases.

As if his conclusion wasn't bizarre enough, Lee also used a blow-up picture of the comic book hero Aquaman.

"I draw your attention, Mr. President, to the twenty-foot sea horse he is riding. Under the Green New Deal, this is probably Hawaii's best bet," said Lee. Lee also showed off a drawing of President Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur and a photo of Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun.

"We need serious solutions" on climate, said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), slamming Lee's weird speech.

"This is how seriously Republican Senators are taking climate change," mocked Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Climate change is a serious problem threatening the lives of every human being on the planet.

Republicans like Lee don't take the problem seriously, and like Trump they engage in absurd hyperbole and conspiracy theories instead of tackling the issue.

Young people around the world are demanding action, pushing legislators to make changes and push legislation that would keep the planet safe.

Many Democrats are embracing ideas like the Green New Deal because they are serious about the issue and its wide-reaching effects.

Meanwhile, Lee chose to bring a clown show to the U.S. Capitol.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.