Thomas Friedman. columnist for The New York Times, appeared on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday and called conservatives' doubt over man-made global warming "Trotskyite radical."
Appearing with Heidi Cullen of Climate Central, who told host Bob Schieffer, "There is no doubt in my mind that Hurricane Sandy was made worse as a result of global warming," Friedman echoed her assessment and said he prefers calling it "global weirding" so that it doesn't sound so "cuddly…like golf in February."
The two worked on an upcoming multi-part documentary series for Showtime called "Years of Living Dangerously" that features climate "experts" such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and Don Cheadle. The documentary seeks to share personal stories of people around the world to show the effects of climate change.
Friedman, who recently had a tingle-up-his-leg encounter with Hillary Clinton, answered Schieffer's question on the politics of climate change, even blaming global warming for the "revolution" in Syria:
Schieffer: Tom, let me just ask you this question. In our politics now, everything breaks on these ideological lines. It just breaks. Is there such a break in the scientific community? How does the scientific community come down on this whole idea of climate change?
Friedman: Let me put it in personal terms. So your son or daughter has a disease and you go to 100 doctors. Ninety-seven percent of them, 97 of the hundred say, this is the cause and this is the cure. And 3% say this is the cause and this is the cure. That's what it is on the climate science -- 97% of experts say this and 3% say that and [air quotes] conservatives are saying, I’m going go to with the 3%. That’s not conservative, that’s Trotskyite radical, okay, that you would go with the 3% and not the 97%.
To pick up on something that Heidi said . . . I actually don't like to use the term global warming because that sounds so cuddly. To a Minnesota boy, Bob, that sounds like golf in February. I much prefer the term global weirding, okay, because that’s actually what happens -- the hots get hotter, the wets get wetter, the drys get dryer and the more violent storms, for the reasons Heidi outlined, are most likely to become more severe. And that's what he we saw in Syria -- we saw a four-year drought, worst in Syria's modern history, that preceded the revolution there and produced a million refugees that basically laid the predicate for that revolution.