Quotatious: Rush Limbaugh Blames Japan's Environmental Consciousness for the Earthquake
Rush Limbaugh says that "Gaia" was trying to tell Japanese environmentalists something with the earthquake and tsunami.
At roughly 0:33 in the clip above, a caller—let's call him callous Chris in Indianapolis—asks Limbaugh, "If these are the people that invented the Prius, have mastered public transportation, recycling, why did mother earth, Gaia if you will, hit them with this disaster?"
After playing (and mocking) an audio clip about Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims recycling in their temporary disaster housing, Rush goes on to answer Chris's question:
The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. He's right. They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question. They invented the Prius. In fact, where Gaia blew up is right where they make all these electric cars. That's where the tsunami hit. All those brand new electric cars sitting there on the lot. I like the way this guy was thinking. It's like -- it's like Gaia hit the Prius in [inaudible]. It's like they were in the crosshairs, if we can use that word, it does. What is Gaia trying to tell us here? What is the mother of environmentalism trying to say with this hit?\n
Certainly not the most offensive thing that Limbaugh has ever said, but it has to rank up there. Transcript and more at Media Matters.