The Weekly Carboholic: Texas Representative baffled by continental drift, CO2 toxicity

Posted on April 23, 2009

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Today was the first of what will probably be many, many hearings on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill in the House of Representatives. One of the more… interesting exchanges occurred when Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) asked Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to explain where the oil in the Arctic came from. Here’s Chu’s response:

In other words, the oil was created somewhere else on the earth and then continental drift moved it up to what is now the Arctic. Yet Barton claimed on his Twitter account that he “baffled” Chu with his question. You watch the piece and tell me which one of the two men was baffled.

In case you’re not sure based on the first video, here’s another one that might help clear that up. It gets interesting at around 50 seconds:

I would have thought that a Representative from Texas would have watched the movie “Apollo 13” and known that carbon dioxide (CO2) will kill you if there’s too much of it in the air. Of course, Barton doesn’t represent Houston, so maybe he can be excused.

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Medieval Warming Period likely regional in extent

New Scientist reports that the Medieval Warming Period (MWP) in Europe was a regional phenomenon caused by an unusually strong North Atlantic Oscillation and a consistent La Nina in the Pacific. If this conclusion is found to be accurate upon additional review, then it pretty much scuttles one of the more common climate disruption denier memes, namely that the MWP was warmer than now.

Put simply, if the MWP was local to the area around the North Atlantic and the rest of the world was locked into La Nina conditions, the the global temperatures were almost certainly not warmer than modern temperatures.

My apologies for the short post this time, after so long a hiatus.

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