I was pretty sure we hit rock bottom when Rep. John Boehner (R – OH) claimed that “the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical”, but apparently I was wrong.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) defended his anti-global warming position on C-SPAN by arguing CO2 should not be regulated because it is not a pollutant. He said that since CO2 is in Coca-Cola it is safe for people and should not be regulated.
I would also point out that CO2, carbon dioxide, is not a pollutant in any normal definition of the term. … I am creating it as I talk to you. It’s in your Coca-Cola, you’re Dr. Pepper, your Perrier water. It is necessary for human life. It is odourless, colorless, tasteless, does not cause cancer, does not cause asthma.
Well if it in Coca-Cola then it must be good for you. Right?
Also thanks for clearing up that CO2 is not a carcinogen (that talking point will never get old), because after listening to Al Gore I was certain it was. I can’t find any references of him (or anyone else) saying that CO2 was a carcinogen, but surely they said that right? The honourable Rep. Joe Barton wouldn’t lie to us. Would he?
Of course he also hit on other standard denier talking points including plenty of naturalistic fallacies and claiming that no one has every been admitted to hospital due to CO2 posing. Really no one? I mean they even made a CSI episode on CO2 poisoning. And look there is even a Wikipedia article on the subject. Mr Barton you are full of shit!
Of course no denier rant would be complete without the claim that water vapour is the greatest greenhouse gas, and Barton doesn’t disappoint. Of course what Barton doesn’t bother to mention is that water vapour concentrations vary in response to temperature, and thus amplify perturbations in the climate . That is why climatologists consider it a feedback and not a forcing.
All of which leads to one inescapable conclusion: These deniers are a persistent bunch, consistently trying to outdo each other’s stupidity.
The stupid, it burns!