President Biden knocked reported remarks by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, downplaying the dangers of climate change.
Biden’s remarks Wednesday prompted Johnson to challenge the president via Twitter to a debate on climate change.
During an appearance in Crystal Lake, Ill., Biden told a crowd at McHenry County College that Illinois experienced 49 extreme weather events between 2010 and 2020.
“Although, I heard today from the senator north of here that there — the Republican senator — is no global warming. Just so you know, there’s no such thing,” Biden said. “But those weather events cost this state roughly $50 billion in damages.”
CNN reported this week that Johnson told a Republican luncheon this summer that “I think climate change is — as Lord Monckton said” before mouthing the word “bullshit.” He was referencing Lord Christopher Monckton, a British climate change denier and conservative political pundit.
Following a report on Biden’s remarks, Johnson tweeted he would be happy to debate Biden.
“He says climate change is our ‘greatest threat’ as his border crisis and crime grow and China, Russia and Iran menace the world,” Johnson tweeted. “Here on planet Earth — which will not end in 12 yrs (sorry AOC) — real threats are looming but Biden, like Nero, fiddles.”
See video of Biden’s remarks (the Johnson comment comes after the 14 minute, 30-second mark, here.
See Johnson‘s tweet.