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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:25 PM
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Joe Barton Calls Global Warming Science ‘Absolute Nonsense,’ Vows To Fight CO2 Caps
For six years, Congress has done nothing to address the climate crisis, thanks in no small part to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “Smokey” Joe Barton (R-TX). The 110th Congress will have new leadership, but Barton has pledged to continue fighting against legislation intended to address the problem. Energy and Environment Daily (sub. only) has the story:

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said yesterday he intends to block Democrats from passing a mandatory federal cap on heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.

“I will be an active part of any leadership effort to prevent it passing in the House,” the outgoing chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee told reporters after speaking at an event hosted by the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Department.

Barton says his action is justified because global warming science is “pretty weak stuff.” Barton added, “But for us to try to step in and say we have got to do all these global things to prevent the Earth from getting any warmer in my opinion is absolute nonsense. It’s not going to happen.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/12/05/barton-global-warmi...
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zreosumgame Donating Member (862 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:27 PM
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1. ah, another obstructionist GOPig :)
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:28 PM
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2. Barton: "Earth orbiting around the sun is 'absolute nonsense.'"
"Galileo's science is 'pretty weak stuff...'"
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:31 PM
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3. "Evolution is 'absolute nonsense', " says Joe. "Darwin's theory of
natural selection is 'pretty weak stuff'."
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 02:46 PM
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15. well, but that isn't even satire! You know that's what he thinks!
;-)
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 08:12 PM
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20. Heh. Wouldn't be surprised. Is he a young earth creationist?
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:34 PM
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4. GRRRRR-K&R
:grr:
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:35 PM
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5. Consultant to Atlantic Richfield Oil before being elected to congress


From his bio

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:35 PM
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6. Yeah, I'd trust this idiot to tell me what is good science
and what isn't. :eyes:
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:43 PM
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7. I'm in his district and this guy is one money grubbing SOB.
Bought and paid for by energy and telecom.

Just remember, gravity is a theory too but it will put a world of hurt on anybody who tries to defy it.
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:44 PM
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8. Cross post to Texas forum please.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:50 PM
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9. Barton is another owned lock-stock-and-oil barrel by the Texas/American
Petroleum Mafia/Cartel. Barton is an idiot and a rethuglican tool through and through.
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Lusted4 Donating Member (558 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:53 PM
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10. If we control CO2 and slow global warming, how much longer
will it take to form that golden caramelized crust on the Earth's surface.
It's bad enough that you tree hugger's want to keep plant life, what next clean water?
Don't you want your great-grand children to be able to view Earth from distant space and see what we have all enjoyed during our lives? the pure beauty of what a raisin or a prune looks like.
How can you dare slow corporate profits on even a strong chance we may be heading for extinction.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:53 PM
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11. Go ahead and keep running. Right off the cliff.
Pay no attention to idiots. It's a waste of energy. If he's right, I'll be delighted. But only a total fool would not heed the calls of the entire scientific community.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 02:05 PM
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12. Well, he is right about one thing.
"...for us to try to step in and say we have got to do all these global things to prevent the Earth from getting any warmer in my opinion is absolute nonsense. It’s not going to happen."

NOTHING we do is going to prevent it from getting warmer. We've passed that point. All we can do is slow down the rate of warming, and THAT is going to take drastic action.

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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 02:13 PM
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13. it doesn't really matter- we're totally screwed as it is...
China just keeps on pumping more and more CO2 into the air...and india...and US...and other developing and developed nations- until the TRULY and obviously visible catastrophic events start happenning on a regular and accelerating pace- nobody is going to have the will to make the sacrifices that NEEDED to be made a decade or more ago.

we're in for some exciting nature shows and thrill rides....and at least kharma will finally be able to take a big wet bite out of florida's mangy ass.
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electprogdems Donating Member (271 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 02:43 PM
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14. I am sure there was $$$$ in it from the
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 03:11 PM
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16. Say it loudly, Barton, you are running your party into the ground
this is an issue that Americans care about.
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 03:49 PM
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17. Great news! Maybe next he'll come out against hot chocolate and a roaring fire on a cold night.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 04:29 PM
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18. Is that Joe Barton, PhD Engineering&Biology? No?
THEN STFU YOU IGNORANT WHORE!!!
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 08:21 PM
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21. C'mon Librechik... I mean really.
No need to be reserved, tell this guy what we all feel about him. :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

Love your rant! :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :bounce: :bounce:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 08:27 PM
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22. It doesn't take anything close to a Phd to understand the science
but the louder he & Inhofe shout, the more the idiots will believe them.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 07:54 PM
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19. Some one es gonna make a bundle selling sandbags to Florida for them dikes
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