Kurt Eichenwald, last heard from while tweeting about tentacle porn, and Howard Dean, whose wrongness on the Constitution has been a source of amusement for months, want you to listen to “smartest man” in the world Stephen Hawking over Rush Limbaugh:

Now, we don’t know exactly what they’re pissy about but the last big story in the news with Hawking was his warning that because President Trump withdrew from the unenforceable Paris climate agreement, Earth is going to turn into … wait for it … Venus:

Literally like Venus:

“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” he said. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.”

And can this really happen? NOPE. From Mother Jones:

So is it time to forget about rising sea levels and start to look for a new planet to inhabit before ours boils into the next Venus? Not quite. Goldblatt expects this kind of transformation to take place in about a billion years, regardless of human activity. The level of atmospheric carbon dioxide needed to tip the scales—about 30,000 parts per million, according to Goldblatt—is far beyond what humans are capable of contributing. Indeed, that’s about 10 times what CO2 levels would be even if we quickly burned through all the remaining fossil fuels. (Right now we’re at about 400 ppm, which is already bad.)

“There’s no evidence that human action could cause this,” Goldblatt says.


In other words, we’re not going to see this kind of extreme climate change no matter how obstinate Congress is about taking even the most basic climate action.

Alrighty then. We’ll stick with Rush on this one.