Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who has a history of denying science, had a meltdown when CNN’s John Berman asked him if a future president could declare a “national emergency” over climate change the way President Donald Trump is threatening to do over not getting $5 billion for his border wall.
Berman asked the science-challenged Brooks:
What I’m saying is, if the president can make the claim that national security money, emergency money is needed for a wall, could a president at one point say it’s needed to fight climate change?
Brooks claimed that would require research, unlike Trump’s non-existent national emergency:
I would have to look at the specific statutes to see what you can and cannot do. This is so far out there…I don’t see how that example that you gave affects the national security of the United States.
Berman then destroyed an angry Brooks with a fact-check:
The Pentagon and the intelligence services often talk about the affects of climate change.