Friday, March 11, 2011

A wild blog post appears!

What is this, a new post??? Only the finest of science smack-downs and political snark could manage to wake this blog out of its state of hibernation. It was just too good not to share.

It was actually a combination of two news events that got me in the blogging mood. The first; BP-apologist, climate change denialist, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), defending the continuation of billions in tax credits and subsidies for oil companies, specifically Exxon. His argument, without government support, these companies would go out of business. Yes, Exxon, the company that in 2008 made the highest quarterly profit for any corporation, ever. $11.68B in a single quarter. And this is person that has been placed in charge of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Really doesn’t give you much hope for a clean energy future, does it?

Especially when that same House Committee has proposed a bill sponsored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and the Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases as part of the Clean Air Act.

But during a hearing on the legislation yesterday, there was a moment of absolute glory. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) spoke out against this Triforce of Stupid, with delicious amounts of science-laden snark. Either he really knows his science or he watches too much Futurama, doesn't matter, Rep. Markey wields science like a hammer against the anti-science kooks he calls colleagues.

From the Wonk Room:

"Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.

However, I won’t physically rise, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.

I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Instead, I’ll embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil.

This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!

Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.

And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.”

A perfect response. Because really, when faced with such gross and proud ignorance and denial of science, ridicule is the best remedy.

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