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Dennis Miller Global Warming Stance Through Years: 6 Times He's Talked Climate Change

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In this October 17, 2012 file photo, Dennis Miller speaks at a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Tidewater Community College in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 02:42 PM

Comedian and political analyst Dennis Miller is a skeptic of global warming who’s made it part of his shtick to poke fun at climate change and those who think it’s a serious problem.

Miller’s time in the public eye has generally paralleled the period in which global warming has been in the news. Miller in 1985 joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," where he was anchor for the regular “Weekend Update” sketch until leaving the show in 1992.  Meanwhile, the media made global warming a leading issue after NASA scientist James E. Hansen told Congress in 1988 he was 99 percent sure it was taking place and suspected the greenhouse effect was responsible.

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In the early 2000s, Miller — formerly a self-described libertarian whose political comedy always leaned left of center — went through a change and became a conservative comic.

Like many conservatives, Miller has sought to downplay the possibility and/or threat of global warming. Here is a timeline of some of his comments on the issue:

2003: On Fox News, Miller questioned the assertion by global warming believers that people should be concerned because the Earth’s temperature rose 1.8 degrees over the past century. He said: “Am I the only one who finds that amazingly stable? Hey, I’m happy it’s gone up. I’m always a little chilly anyway.”

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2006: During an HBO comedy special, Miller said, “Is global warming new? I don't know. When I was young I remember the sun being hot.”

2007: Miller suggested on Fox's "The Buck Stops Here" that global warming believers were becoming “increasingly hysterical,” saying he felt spooked by how “hooked” some people had gotten on the topic. He added: “Simply put, I can’t worry about the Earth right now because I’m too worried about the world. Why can’t I take terrorism as seriously as Al Gore takes global warming?

2007: Miller said on "The Tonight Show" that Gore had proven himself a phony, and probably had a bunch of political advisers who tell him what to do.

2013: Miller in May on “The O’Reilly Factor” denounced Gore as a "detestable cat" and "a phony" who sold Current TV to Al-Jazeera, which Miller said “is owned by big oil in the name of Qatar.” Miller added: “And, you know, I don't even know what their citizenry is called, the 'Qatarzans,' to quote the great Ray Stevens. I mean, the simple fact is, if you lay that out, everybody should shun Al Gore.”

2014: Miller regularly pokes fun at former Vice President Gore and other politicians who think global warming is a serious problem. He said on "The O’Reilly Factor" that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.) was such an "idiot" that her belief in global warming was enough of a reason for Miller to think there is not global warming.

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