Rohrabacher dismisses global warming, warns of China

Speaking at local tea party gathering, congressman also takes on the NSA, Obama, radical Islam, Russia and other favorite topics.

August 09, 2013|By Bradley Zint
  • U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) speaks to members of the Newport Mesa Tea Party at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club in Costa Mesa on Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) speaks to members… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) referred to President Eisenhower's farewell address Thursday evening in his explanation for why he believes global warming is a "total fraud."

In the 1961 speech — famously known for its admonition of an emerging military-industrial complex — the former five-star general also warned of a similarly captive grip on U.S. public policy wielded by scientists and the government that funds them.

"There's so much money that has gone into science research projects," Rohrabacher said, "and they have used it to intimidate people who disagree with their attempt to frighten all of us into changing our lives and giving up our freedoms to make choices."

The "strategy in spades" at hand, he said, are the locally elected liberals who want the state government to "do the work and let them make the decisions, then at the state level they want the federal government to do it, and at the federal government they want to create global government to control all of our lives."


The 48th Congressional District congressman, who lives in Eastside Costa Mesa, spoke to a largely supportive crowd from the Newport Mesa Tea Party. About 130 packed the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club to hear the 13-term politician speak for nearly an hour.

Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger and 45th Congressional District candidate Greg Raths, a retired Marine Corps colonel and Mission Viejo resident, were among those also recognized by the local tea party's founder, Tom Pollitt, who lead the discussion.

Rohrabacher, a senior member on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, received his biggest applause when talking about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Without discussing many specifics on his investigation, he said there was a "malicious effort" on the part of President Obama to "hide a wrongdoing" that could "well bring [him] down."

"I can tell you, it doesn't make this president look very good," Rohrabacher said.

He also expressed his opinion on Edward Snowden, the former intelligence agency contractor who leaked classified information on widespread American surveillance programs.

"I know it's going to be very controversial, but I find no fault for someone" who alerted the American people of "over-surveillance," Rohrabacher said.

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