Climate Denial Crock of the Week: "The Earth is Carbon Starved."

The GOP on carbon:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R—Minnesota):

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.

Rep. Joe Barton (R—Texas):

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.

Rep. John Shimkus (R—Illinois):

The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood…. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon…. It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?

This is your future government based on the infallibility of the delusional rants of cave dwelling mystics that believed in winged messengers from above and who wrote on papyrus:

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: "The Earth is Carbon Starved."

The GOP on carbon:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R—Minnesota):

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.

Rep. Joe Barton (R—Texas):

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.

Rep. John Shimkus (R—Illinois):

The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood…. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon…. It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?

This is your future government based on the infallibility of the delusional rants of cave dwelling mystics that believed in winged messengers from above and who wrote on papyrus:

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: "The Earth is Carbon Starved."

The GOP on carbon:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R—Minnesota):

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.

Rep. Joe Barton (R—Texas):

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.

Rep. John Shimkus (R—Illinois):

The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood…. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon…. It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?

This is your future government based on the infallibility of the delusional rants of cave dwelling mystics that believed in winged messengers from above and who wrote on papyrus:

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: "The Earth is Carbon Starved."

The GOP on carbon:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R—Minnesota):

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.

Rep. Joe Barton (R—Texas):

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.

Rep. John Shimkus (R—Illinois):

The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood…. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon…. It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?

This is your future government based on the infallibility of the delusional rants of cave dwelling mystics that believed in winged messengers from above and who wrote on papyrus:

Climate Denial Crock of the Week - Heatwave Edition

The July 30th edition of Peter Sinclair's Climate Denial Crock of the Week tackles the latest deranged response by the obstreperous climate change deniers to the inescapable fact that 2010 promises to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest on record.

The Week looks at the Russian heatwave, one of the more notable extreme weather events afflicting the planet, by the numbers:

 

73° F
Normal daily high in Moscow during the summer months

101°
Temperature in Moscow on Thursday — the highest reading ever in the city

111°
Temperature on Monday in the fire-ravaged southern provence of Voronezh

25 million
Acres of crops ruined by the heat wave

50%
Expected decline in Russia's wheat exports this year

1,000%
Increase in air pollution in Moscow last week due to peat bog fires near the city

2
Packs of cigarettes one would have to smoke per day to equal the effects of Moscow's smog-choked air

300%
Increase in sales of Russian soft drinks

500
Number of new fires emergency crews have discovered in the past day

180,000
Number of people working to fight the blazes

2,000
Approximate number of people — many of them intoxicated — who have drowned while attempting to cool off in rivers

8/1
Date on which Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox church, asked for all Russians to "to unite in prayer for rain to descend on our earth."

 

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