Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pro-Environment Republicans Find Republican Naysayers Just As Ridiculous

David Jenkins of Republicans for Environmental Protection has put together a greatest hits of bizarre statements regarding global warming from select GOP members.

While many have been covered here, Mr. Jenkins highlights a few new choice snippets, including this outrageous question from blog fave Congressman Joe Barton (TX) to Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week in its entirety:
Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.
So wind is finite? Or wind drives temperature? Heat transfer? Huh?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bachmann: Carbon is Harmless Gas

Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) is not well-known for making outlandish statements. Well, unless you count this. Or this. Or maybe this

Okay, so maybe she does have a certain penchant for hyperbole.

In any case, it oughtn't be surprising that she took Earth Day as an opportunity to air her views on global warming on the House floor. Ms. Bachmann doesn't seem to be too concerned with carbon, given that that there isn't a single report that exists that says it's harmful (false) and that it only makes up 3% of the world's atmosphere (also false). (Truth be told, if carbon indeed did make up 3% of the atmosphere, most living organisms would see the error of the former point.)

All this and more below (via Think Progress):