Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDomestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Internal poll shows Barnes with 29-point lead in Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary MORE (R-Wis.) downplayed the dangers of climate change at a Republican luncheon earlier this summer, according to a new report.
"I am not a climate change denier, but I also am not a climate change alarmist," he said. "Climate is not static. It has always changed and always will change. I do not share Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan MORE’s (D-N.Y.) view that the 'world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.' Or President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE saying the 'greatest threat' to U.S. security is climate change.'"
Johnson said he considers those positions to be "extreme, to say the least."
"At some point, all the Malthusian predictions that have not come true should begin reducing the credibility of the scaremongers," he said. "But that would take honest reporting."