CNN's Kasich Talks Left on Gun Control, Climate Regulations

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Appearing as a guest on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN contributor John Kasich showed off his liberal Republican credentials that make him fit in at the Cable News Network as he talked up liberal policy on issues like global warming and gun control.

After Kasich began by making an argument in favor of the Democratic-led impeachment against President Donald Trump otherwise opposed by all Republican members of Congress, host Jimmy Kimmel brought up Kasich's book and the issue of climate change as he posed: "Your book is about changes that we can make. I want to talk about the biggest change of all, which is climate change, and another thing that I find hard to understand is why the Republican party line is that we are not causing it."

Over the weekend, the BBC's longrunning science fiction television series, Doctor Who, ventured into promoting climate alarmism as the show depicted an uninhabitable futuristic Earth that has been destroyed by global warming because the human race refused to heed warnings that were raised by "every scientist alive."

Ironically, the same series -- which has aired since the 1960s -- in its early days featured one storyline that aired in 1967 depicting a futuristic Earth where global cooling with a new ice age was the problem -- which helps serve as a reminder that environmental alarmists have gone back and forth over the past more than a century between predicting global warming and predicting global cooling.

In Sunday's episode, titled "Orphan 55," the time-traveling Doctor and her three current sidekicks are transported accidentally to a leisure hotel on another planet for a free vacation via teleportation -- the only method of transportation for guests to reach the holiday retreat which helps hide the fact that it is located on an otherwise barren, mostly uninhabitable planet known as Orphan 55.

The resort's owner, Kane, had located the hotel in such a dangerous location to save money, and, considering the show's history of bashing Donald Trump, one suspects the inclusion of a hotel might also have been a dig at him.

Monsters known as Dregs which inhabit the planet's surface begin breaking into the hotel and murder nearly all the guests, leading the episode to focus on the characters trying to save whom they can, repair the teleport, and escape.

After some Russian writing is spotted on the wall of a service tunnel, the group realize they are actually on a futuristic Earth in which global warming led to the planet becoming uninhabitable for those who breathe oxygen, although some humans evolved into the monstrous Dregs who thrive on the planet's high levels of carbon dioxide:

RYAN SINCLAIR: How did Earth end up like this?

THE DOCTOR: The warnings from every scientist alive. 

YASMIN KHAN: Global warming.

THE DOCTOR: The food chain collapses, mass migration and war.

 At one point, the Doctor forms a telepathic link with one of the creatures to read its memories, leading to images of glaciers melting, hurricanes, and wildfires appearing on screen in flashes.

At the end of the episode, safe back in her time machine with her friends, the Doctor sums things up:

THE DOCTOR: I know what you're thinking, but it's one possible future. It's one timeline. You want me to tell you that Earth's going to be okay because I can't. In your time, the Earth is busy arguing over the washing up while the house burns down. Unless people face facts and change, catastrophe is coming. But it's not decided. You know that.The future is not fixed -- it depends on billions of decisions and actions and people stepping up. Humans -- I think you forget how powerful you are. Lives change worlds. People can save planets or wreck them -- that's the choice. Be the best of humanity or --

The episode then ends with an image of one of the Dregs that humans might evolve into.

As a reminder of how climate alarmism ran in the opposite direction in past decades, it was over 52 years ago -- in 1967 -- that the same program aired a six-part story, titled "The Ice Warriors," starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, in which scientists in the future battle against expanding glaciers that are the result of human activity causing global cooling and an ice age.

Below are transcripts of relevant portions of the Sunday, January 12, Doctor Who episode titled "Orphan 55," which aired on the BBC:

"Orphan 55" by Ed Hime

Tranquility Spa

GRAHAM O'BRIEN: Why is it called an orphan planet?

THE DOCTOR: Because it's uninhabitable. In societies that let this happen, there's nearly always a ruling elite that gets to evacuate and then signs off all responsibility for what's been left behind.

(...)

THE DOCTOR: Why here, Kane? Why build this hotel? It doesn't make any sense?

KANE: The air is unbreatheable. A few years with the right terra-forming, we can release the CO2 and make the whole planet habitable.

THE DOCTOR: Terra-forming bankrolled by fake-cation. Smart. Today hotel air, tomorrow the owner of Orphan 55, the best real estate in the galaxy.

(...)

RYAN SINCLAIR: How did Earth end up like this?

THE DOCTOR: The warnings from every scientist alive. 

YASMIN KHAN: Global warming.

THE DOCTOR: The food chain collapses, mass migration and war.

(...)

THE DOCTOR: I know what you're thinking, but it's one possible future. It's one timeline. You want me to tell you that Earth's going to be okay because I can't. In your time, the Earth is busy arguing over the washing up while the house burns down. Unless people face facts and change, catastrophe is coming. But it's not decided. You know that.The future is not fixed -- it depends on billions of decisions and actions and people stepping up. Humans -- I think you forget how powerful you are. Lives change worlds. People can save planets or wreck them -- that's the choice. Be the best of humanity or --

Kasich

Kasich recalled his current collaboration with fellow liberal Republican Arnold Schwarzeneggar and liberal Democratic former Senator John Kerry pushing an initiative to allegedly curtail global warming.

JOHN KASICH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Look, there is no way we should put our heads in the sand. We -- I work with John Kerry -- with my great buddy Arnold Schwarzeneggar to try to develop a consensus in this country that we can't just sit still. And, right now, we're not making great progress, but if we keep at it and keep at it -- develop renewables, do research into batteries -- we can get to a point -- support electric vehicles. I drive a Tesla or it drives me -- I can't figure out which. But that is a critical issue.

Kimmel then jumped in to observe: "I don't feel like you're a Republican at all."

Giving Kimmel's history of mocking women over the issue of women's suffrage when he used to co-host The Man Show on Comedy Central, it was ironic that Kasich then worked in a reference to women's suffrage as he continued his analysis of how politics works:

KASICH: The politicians don't make the rules. The public demands the rules. And when we think about civil rights, it came from the bottom up. It came from the marches -- it came from the protests. And the politicians couldn't ignore it, and they passed civil rights laws. Women's suffrage -- women out here, you don't think guys ever wanted to give you power? You demanded it, and finally you got women's suffrage.

About 20 years ago, Kimmel and Man Show co-host Adam Corolla famously aired a segment in which they took advantage of the fact that many people do not know what the word "suffrage" means and tricked a number of women into signing a fake petition calling for an end to "women's suffrage."

Kasich then vaguely brought up his support for more gun control as he continued: "The environmental movement is the same way, and I'll give you one more: responsible, reasonable gun control. People need to get behind it, and they need to show up."

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Thursday, December 19, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC:

JIMMY KIMMEL: Your book is about changes that we can make. I want to talk about the biggest change of all, which is climate change, and another thing that I find hard to understand is why the Republican party line is that we are not causing it.

JOHN KASICH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Look, there is no way we should put our heads in the sand. We -- I work with John Kerry -- with my great buddy Arnold Schwarzeneggar to try to develop a consensus in this country that we can't just sit still. And, right now, we're not making great progress, but if we keep at it and keep at it -- develop renewables, do research into batteries -- we can get to a point -- support electric vehicles. I drive a Tesla or it drives me -- I can't figure out which. But that is a critical issue.

KIMMEL: I don't feel like you're a Republican at all.

KASICH: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But, look, we all worry about the politicians. The politicians don't make the rules. The public demands the rules. And when we think about civil rights, it came from the bottom up. It came from the marches -- it came from the protests. And the politicians couldn't ignore it, and they passed civil rights laws. Women's suffrage -- women out here, you don't think guys ever wanted to give you power? You demanded it, and finally you got women's suffrage. The environmental movement is the same way, and I'll give you one more: responsible, reasonable gun control. People need to get behind it, and they need to show up...

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