Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Michele Bachmann on Climate Change

Following on Brigham's post a few days ago about Republican candidates' positions on pollution, if you haven’t heard Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) 2009 speech on the House floor about carbon dioxide, you really must.  Appended to it is a response by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).  Somehow, I doubt her understanding has changed much since then.


Partial transcript:  Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural. It occurs in Earth. It is a part of the regular lifecycle of Earth. In fact, life on planet Earth can’t even exist without carbon dioxide. So necessary is it to human life, to animal life, to plant life, to the oceans, to the vegetation that’s on the Earth, to the, to the fowl that — that flies in the air, we need to have carbon dioxide as part of the fundamental lifecycle of Earth...There isn’t one such study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural. It is not harmful. It is a part of Earth’s life cycle.  And yet we’re being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the earth.

- Lesley McAllister



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The depressing thing about this clip is that some people, including someone I know, watch it and STILL say "But if it's only 0.9%, then how can it be bad?"

Posted by: Peter | Aug 22, 2011 5:23:42 PM

R’s example is ironic considering that the global warming fervor has led to what is almost a de facto requirement that we use mercury containing light bulbs.

Posted by: mahtso | Aug 18, 2011 8:45:22 AM

Mercury is natural. I guess that means it is harmless too. I better go get me a glass...

Posted by: R | Aug 17, 2011 1:45:30 PM

Holy cow. It's easy to live inside your bubble and forget how startlingly idiotic people can be in the outside world. Arguing that carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring element with no problems is fine, keeping in mind that the same could be said for, say blood, until it's pouring into your lungs and you cannot breath. I would suggest Ms. Bachman try huffing the exhaust of a nearby coal burning facility, and see how good it feels to breath in those wonderful natural gasses.

Posted by: LVP | Aug 16, 2011 8:00:23 AM

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