This isn’t the only stupid thing relating to climate change, energy policy, and especially wind. In 2010, he made the statement:
“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.”
Prior to that, the fool made the comment that clouds determined temperature rather than wind, claiming that cloud shape was the determinant, going into great detail about the differing effects of “tall clouds or skinny clouds, short clouds, fat clouds, high clouds, low clouds”, completely misunderstanding anything remotely connected with science. He didn’t elaborate whether or not he believed clouds were also finite, or that controlling them might bring about disaster.
Needless to say, Barton, whom the GOP suicide caucus/tea party caucus made the chair emeritus of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, was part of the most extreme group seeking to shut down the federal government. That shutdown of course, is directly affecting the operations of the National Weather Service who got inventive this week; the people who really understand wind, and clouds, and weather, who aren’t getting paid. Instead of paying them, and those who work for NOAA — who are showing up, UNpaid, to work, just like the Capitol police — we pay THIS dithering, blithering idiot, during a time when we have hurricanes approaching our shores, and tornadoes ripping through three central states. That is weather, that is climate change, affecting real Americans, causing real loss and damage.
Here is what the centrists, the independents, and the lefties KNOW to be true, based on fact, based on science, based on an actual connection to objective reality:
And here are the findings that committee presented:
From the BBC:
IPCC climate report: humans ‘dominant cause’ of warming
A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.
The report by the UN’s climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change.
On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is “unequivocal”, it explained.
It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends.
The panel warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system.
To contain these changes will require “substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions”.
Every time I hear a Republican, especially a tea partier fanatic member of Congress, or a right wing media hack whinging on and on and on ad nauseum about how Democrats should be compromising and negotiating with the pig-ignorant right, I think about Barton, I think about Bachmann, I think about crazy Ted Cruz-the-fuse.
It is unreasonable to negotiate with people who are willfully ignorant, who embrace ideology over intellect, who deeply desire to be irrational and emotional in their decision making. There is really only ground to compromise or negotiate with reasonable people of good faith. The right is neither of those things.
This is true at the federal level, this has been true at the state level, where we have also experienced the right wing hatred of government expressed in a shut down. There is no rational basis for compromise or negotiation with these extremists; there may be some moderates on the right, but they are conforming to the domination of the fanatics.