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Could He Really Be So Dumb?

Dear Americans, next time you're cursing the high cost of your electricity bill, you should perhaps thank US Rep Joe Barton. This guy is a member of the House Committee on Energy and I found this image.


At first I couldn't believe it was true. Like some joke that never happened. I was wrong; he not only said this but has been responsible for many other efforts to keep protection of the environment from coming to pass.

In all fairness I did some research and found the full quote:
"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 basically he said the same thing. Barton is a long-time denier of global warming. He's called it "a triumph over good sense and science" and in 2007 hearings he told Al Gore, "You're not just off a little. You're totally wrong." In railing against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's passage of global warming legislation last year, Barton said, "You can't regulate God. Not even the Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress can regulate God."

That's not his only blunder in office. Barton asks Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu that probing question during an April 2009 Energy Committee hearing in an exchange about the precious resource in Alaska. Chu's answer about plate tectonics, dumbed down so a five-year-old could understand it, is completely lost on a smirking Barton, who later gloats on Twitter, "I seemed to have baffled the Energy Sec with basic question — Where does oil come from." Actually, those watching were the most baffled.

So thank this guy for the lack of wind power and a greater dependency on oil. If you’re still looking to save a bit on your energy bill, be sure to check out my post The Light At The End Of The Tunnel because we are saving on average S$50 per month.

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