Let’s clear the rain forests, hoo-rah!

You’ve probably heard this, but I’ll just repeat it:

“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?”

-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), when asked whether the U.S. climate policy should focus on reducing carbon emissions.

This idiot is on the House Committee for Science, like his ignorant and evil buddy, Akin, with his lunatic ideas about pregnancy.

“Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human-induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus.”

– Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia), 2009, at a debate over the Clean Energy and Security Act.

Scientists, no. Paid political flacks, yes. The only lack of “consensus” is in your imagination. Yet another brilliant member on the House Science committee. These guys glaringly prove how bad science education is.

“What the science says is that temperatures peaked out globally in 1998. So we’ve gone for 10-plus years where the temperatures have gone down.”

– Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), 2009 in an interview with conservative radio show host Jay Weber.

Citation, please. From a peer-reviewed science journal not a no-degree weatherman’s website.

The U.S. once stood at the pinnacle of scientific research and knowledge. Until the imbeciles came to make the world for the Kochs to pollute. Too bad they’ll probably be dead before these chickens come home to roost.


About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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4 Responses to Let’s clear the rain forests, hoo-rah!

  1. Geez…it would have to be a ridiculous politician from WI….arghhhh! We sure have some doozies from here! I suppose he was having his hip replaced at the time this bit of information became public: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2012/july-2012-hottest-month-on-record
    Also, here’s another interesting read based on ‘science’: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/arctic-seaice-2012.html

    Thanks for sharing!

    • dmill96 says:

      I actually saw a different list (than the one I’ve used for quotes) and virtually every Repug member of that committee had some incredibly stupid idea. Now there are republicans with some science background, just none that are on the committee, so one might conclude that the purpose of the Repugs on the committee is to do everything possible to stop science.

      The sea ice melting this year was being reported almost daily as it, like the heat wave, became more than just linear extrapolation from the past, but actual breakthrough levels. Once thick old ice does melt it is replaced with thin one-year-old ice that breaks up easily in storms. So even thought the Arctic will freeze again, starting in a few weeks, next year it will be more vulnerable to melting. Now there are seasonal variations, so who knows, next year could have less melting, but the longer-term trend is clear.

      Like the other signs this is a warning. It’s not fatal, yet! We can still fix it (although some think we’re past fixing it). But ignoring warnings, or worse covering them up, just guarantees continued change in an adverse direction. I suppose when their Florida beachhouses are under water they might get it, but it will be too late then.

      • LMAO…if their literally underwater, that might just change their minds!

        • dmill96 says:

          They think they can build dikes (quite literally). That mitigation is sufficient. Now it might be a dike will work (guess who will end up paying for it, not the McBeachMansion owners) but it’s probably not the most ideal beachhouse to be looking out at a wall (some of the places in rebuilt New Orleans look like one of those bunkers we hide the housing for troops). Maybe those sand islands in Dubai all the rich built may get a chance to return to the sea also.

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