Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Equates Climate Migrants to “Pollution”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in a news segment on Monday night created a firestorm over racist remarks in which he claimed that proposals to allow many more climate refugees to enter the U.S. would result in overcrowding and would “despoil” and “pollute” our country.  Here is exactly what he said:

“CARLSON: Well but, and also, if you cared about the environment, which I personally do emphatically care and actually go outside once in a while, unlike most people on the left — why would you want a crowded country? Isn’t crowding your country the fastest way to despoil it, to pollute it, to make it a place you wouldn’t want to live?”

Why This Matters:  Commentary like this is not consistent with American values. Period. Millions of people around the world — including Americans — are already suffering due to climate change and it has created a refugee crisis.  According to the proposal’s proponents, since 2009, a climate-related disaster has displaced about one person every second due to severe weather events, famine, drought, and rising sea levels, and other climate impacts.  The United Nations believes that 22.5 million people worldwide have been displaced due to climate change since 2009 and that number could rise to 200 million forcibly displaced people by 2050. We will be confronted with this problem regardless of whether Congress passes a law allowing the government to deal with it directly.  

Carlson Also Criticized the Climate Strike

Back in September, Carlson claimed that the Climate Strike on September 21 by children for environmental action was a manufactured event, staged by adults who were “using” children for political purposes.  He characterized it as a “coordinated left-wing political protest” and criticized other news networks that claimed the strike was organized by the children.  He said,

“They [the news shows] were lying, of course. Like all activist movements, the climate strike was organized by cynical adults — adults hoping to exploit children for political purposes, obviously. The other lie you heard today is that the strike was about the environment. It was not about the environment. The main goal of the protesters in this country, for example, was to implement Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.”

Shoutout to our friends at MSNBC for covering climate change so well, and when you watch the clip below, note that Carlson pulls an interview from our ODP-MSNBC Climate Forum.  It must have made an impression!

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