Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hot Air Blowing From Texas

"Wind is God's way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it's hotter to areas where it's cooler. That's what wind is. Wouldn't it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I'm not saying that's going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can't transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It's just something to think about."

Congressman Joe Barton, from our neighboring state of Texas.

We have elected officials, people who determine our energy policy, who believe some very strange things. Some believe the earth is only a few thousand years old. Some believe we don't have to be stewards because, in the words of an Illinois Congressman, "The earth will only end when God declares its time is over." Barton, the gentleman quoted above, has also said that as global warmer raises temperatures, human beings will simply "get shade."

Mind you, it is a free country, and anyone has a right to believe what they believe and say so. While I would never deny a man his right to believe the moon is made of green cheese, that does not mean he has a right to be head of N.A.S.A.

Likewise, I have my doubts that quasi-religious nihilists should be in a position to influence American policy.

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