On January 6 2022, a Twitter thread addressed comments about climate change and “ice ages” taxes purportedly made by Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) the previous night during an appearance on Tim Pool’s podcast:
"If you look at the Ice Ages, none of the people back in the Ices Ages paid a bunch of taxes to melt the ice." — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, explaining why she doesn't believe in anthropogenic climate change tonight on Tim Pool's live YouTube show.
— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) January 6, 2022
Greene was quoted as saying:
“If you look at the Ice Ages, none of the people back in the Ices Ages paid a bunch of taxes to melt the ice.”
A very basic mention of context (her appearance on a livestream with podcaster Tim Pool) was referenced, but it was not linked. A search of Twitter returned what appeared to be a clip of Greene’s remarks, once again appearing without a link to the source for the video:
Wait to you see her views on astronomy. pic.twitter.com/xNkGzQOGwi
— Darren Zaleschuk (@DarrenZed) January 6, 2022
In that clip, Greene said in part:
I really just don’t believe it’s people’s fault that the climate changes … the climate’s been changing since the beginning of time — if you look at the ice ages … none of the people back in the ice ages paid a lot of taxes to melt the ice … so it’s absolutely ridiculous to say that government solutions … paying more taxes to try to figure out how to reduce carbon — on paper really, not in reality — is going to do anything about climate change.
The climate just changes … we live on a ball [laughs], it is literally a ball that spins … and this spinning ball, Earth, rotates around a flaming ball, which is the sun. and and the same time, this is moving throughout our, uh, galaxy which is moving throughout the universe … i would just argue … of course our climate is gonna change …
We located Pool’s livestream on YouTube, which originally aired on January 5 2021 and lasted for two hours and five minutes. Greene’s “none of the people back in the Ice Ages paid a lot of taxes to melt the ice” commentary originated in that livestream, around 01:31:40. Greene made the statement in response to a question about her “craziest beliefs.”