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Chris Matthews Goes Off On Climate Change Skeptics: ‘Pigs’ Who ‘Don’t Care About The Planet’

On last night’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews had particularly strong words for politicians, fundraisers, corporations, and individuals who deny or are skeptical of the theories about man-made climate change.

Speaking with Professor Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), Matthews argued that the Hurricane Sandy disaster is an eye-opener about what role climate change should play in policymaking and this election.

Rep. Markey argued that the hurricane “frames the election next Tuesday” as a battle between “Mother Nature” and the oft-vilified “Koch brothers” who have funded groups and politicians that deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change.

The Massachusetts congressman then argued that if Romney wins the election, we will see cutbacks in environmental regulations in an attempt to satisfy the needs of the oil, gas, and coal industries.

“Back in the 60s, we called such people pigs. Pigs. No, really. They don’t care about the planet, they don’t care about the destruction of war. All they want is what they got, their stuff, and they want more of it,” Matthews said of so-called climate change “deniers.”

“Is that what we’re facing here, just greed? I’m not talking about the guy at the coal mine—that’s hard work,” he continued. “I’m talking about people who won’t listen to you, won’t listen to science because they want more stuff.”

“I’m not into name calling here,” replied Oppenheimer.

“Well, I am,” Matthews said.

Watch below, via MSNBC:

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