If Ignorance is Bliss, Texas Rep. Joe Barton is One Happy Dude
This one is just mind-blowing. Joe Barton (the one who apologized to BP’s Tony Haward for the White House’s “shakedown”) actually asks Energy Secretery Dr. Steven Chu where all that oil in Alaska came from. Barton implies that because oil exists under the Arctic Ocean, then it must have been warmer there once. Yessirree, the representative from Texas’ 6th district sure done schooled that Nobel Prize winner about “climate change.”
If you’re thinking to yourself, “I would have laughed out loud if he’d asked me that question,” you’re not alone. Chu actually did laugh.
We can give Mr. Barton one science point for actually knowing that oil comes from plant material, and another one for knowing that plants of the kind necessary to make oil do not naturally live under the Arctic Ocean, but he obviously missed the class when they talked about plate tectonics and continental drift.
Yes, Mr. Barton. Alaska did used to be warmer, because it was in a DIFFERENT PLACE!
Here’s a little home video someone made of how it works. It was taken at a place where you can go to learn stuff – a “museum.” And, it’s extra cool because this museum is called the Smithsonian, and you can actually see it from where you work! It’s right there on the mall. You should definitely go some time.
The only thing scarier than Mr. Barton’s stunning ignorance is what he plans to continue to do with it.
… Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, touted support from former GOP House chairmen to argue his case for assuming the chairmanship on Energy and Commerce Committee.
Barton, who has been waging an aggressive campaign to take the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee despite broad consensus that he would need a waiver from GOP leadership to exempt him from term limits, released a letter Thursday morning from former Republican chairmen saying he does not need a waiver.
Barton, who currently serves as the ranking member on Energy and Commerce, has argued that while GOP rules limit House members to three terms as chairman or ranking member on a full committee, Republicans who had served as ranking members when the GOP last won control of the House in 1994 were allowed to serve three full terms as chairmen.
“Joe has served one full two-year term in the chair at the Energy and Commerce Committee and is seeking a second term. He was denied the chairmanship when Democrats won the majority in 2006 and held on to it for four years,” Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, a former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and former Reps. Bill Archer, R-Texas, and Bud Shuster, R-Pa., wrote to the GOP transition team. “We believe he deserves that second term now, and that neither the spirit nor the letter of the rule was ever intended to prevent it.”
At least he’s got fellow science buff Don Young in his corner pulling for him.