Reiterating a previous incendiary assertion, Professor Noam Chomsky again characterized the U.S. Republican Party as the most dangerous organization "in human history" — its assault on climate science and apathy toward the environment being the most damaging party agendas the planet faces.
While Chomsky acknowledged to BBC Newsnight host Chris Evans that could be considered an "outrageous statement," the itinerant academic upped the ante. Asked whether the GOP could be characterized as worse than the Islamic State or fascistic North Korea, Chomsky provocatively queried,
"Is ISIS dedicated to trying to destroy the prospects for organized human existence?"
Prodding further, Evans asked whether he would even "entertain" that Republicans could be genuine in their beliefs; but Chomsky immediately replied,
"It doesn't matter whether they genuinely [believe in climate change] or not," he continued, "if the consequence of that is, 'Let's use more fossil fuels, let's refuse to subsidize developing countries, let's eliminate regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.' If that's the consequence, that's extremely dangerous."
Rather than simply halting progress years of legislation had advanced toward ending dependency on fossil fuels, the Republican-led United States "is not only… not doing anything about climate change, but we're trying to accelerate the race to the precipice," he noted.