Now we have another one. After Michele Bachmann, in another one of her genius moments, declared that carbon dioxide could not be harmful because it is natural, many of us had a good laugh over it. Many of us also wrote about it - including me (see April 25, 2009 post) - and it was chalked up as another dumb moment for the forever embarrassing representative from Minnesota.
But, apparently, Representative Joe Barton of Texas agrees with Bachmann and has furthered her comments to a whole other level. Barton, a long-time skeptic of global warming, has now added more of his bizarre wisdom. According to the Huffington Post:
Barton, who has resisted proposals to reduce the country's oil dependence, explained that there shouldn't be any concern about carbon-dioxide emissions because CO2 is relatively harmless:"I'm creating it as I talk to you. It's in your Coca-Cola, your Dr. Pepper, and your Perrier water. It's necessary for human life. It's odorless, colorless, tasteless, doesn't cause cancer, doesn't cause asthma. There's nobody that's ever been admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning."
This is beyond moronic, of course. If he can't understand something this basic, how about at least doing a search on his computer? At the very least, wouldn't you check your information before you get in front of congress and announce this in a formal presentation? Most people know something this elementary - and even do some research to prepare for a presentation.
It is one thing to think something stupid, it is another to get up and do a little speech on it. Besides the fact that it is dangerously wrong, would you really want to be known for agreeing with something that Michele Bachmann presented?