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Idiotic statement of the week award

April 20, 2009

I’m really not trying to make this into a weekly feature, but when something like this drops into my lap:

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what is the responsible way? That’s my question. What is the Republican plan to deal with carbon emissions, which every major scientific organization has said is contributing to climate change?

BOEHNER: George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide. And so I think it’s clear…

Oh, lordy, where to start?  I guess there’s no point in doing anything at all about climate change. Because cows produce carbon dioxide methane.  And won’t somebody tell John Boehner what a carcinogen is?

On second thought, don’t.  It’s more fun this way.

And it isn’t the little bit of carbon dioxide we exhale that’s the problem, John; that CO2 is part of the current biosphere.  It’s the gigatonnes of carbon we dig out of the ground, that hadn’t been part of the biosphere until we dug it up, that’s the problem.  That’s what is throwing off the balance.

Doesn’t it bother Republicans, even a little, when their top leaders don’t know a cow’s ass from a hole in the ground?

(h/t Dana)

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  1. Lucas
    April 20, 2009 at 07:42 | #1

    <nitpick> Cows do produce a lot of carbon dioxide (both breathing and in their farts and belches), but its global warming potential is dwarfed by methane.</nitpick>

  2. April 20, 2009 at 07:52 | #2

    Yep, it’s specifically the methane that is the issue, because of how a cow’s digestive system works, and which has been studied/ridiculed. 

    I’m reasonably sure Boehner was talking about the cow farts.  He’s surely glanced at congressional reports that mentioned them.

  3. April 20, 2009 at 08:43 | #3

    Ha, good one on the last line.  One wonders about the contributions of Republican brainfarts to global warming, in terms of obstructing meaningful action.

  4. April 20, 2009 at 18:33 | #4

    So I could get fuzzy-headed listening to CO2-deniers like Boehner or imbibing a good Bordeaux or single malt.  Hmmm …

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