Rush Laughs at Japanese Refugees

Why would 'Gaia' do this to such an eco-conscious country?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 8:58 AM CDT

Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to find some levity in the plight of Japanese refugees. Specifically, the radio show host is amused by the fact that one refugee camp is still recycling. A caller on yesterday’s show—after hearing a clip Limbaugh played of a Diane Sawyer report on said recycling—wondered, “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?” Limbaugh, needless to say, ran with it, Media Matters reports.

“The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. … They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them, just wipes them out,” Limbaugh said with a laugh. “Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question. … I like the way this guy was thinking. … It's like they were in the crosshairs … What is Gaia trying to tell us here? What is the mother of environmentalism trying to say with this hit?” (Click to read Glenn Beck's take on the quake.)

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