Cow Farts and Rethug Rhetoric, Who Can Tell the Difference?

From Think Progress:

Last week, the EPA “formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation of the gases for the first time in the United States.” Following the announcement, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) immediately issued a statement claiming that it was “nothing more than a back-door attempt to enact a national energy tax.”

On ABC’s This Week yesterday, host George Stephanopoulos pressed Boehner to explain what the Republican plan was to deal with climate change. First, Boehner said they believed in an “all of the above energy strategy.”

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    BOEHNER: George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide.


Original DVD cover.

Asked by Stephanopoulos if he believes “greenhouse gases are a problem in creating climate change,” Boehner said that “we’ve had climate change over the last 100 years” before questioning “how much does man have to do with it.”

…snip…

Needless to say, there is ample scientific evidence that disputes Boehner’s denial of man-made climate change. As Huffington Post’s Sam Stein notes, “Boehner’s argument that the amount of CO2 in the air is natural, meanwhile, is disproved by data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency”:

    When in balance, the total carbon dioxide emissions and removals from the entire carbon cycle are roughly equal.

    Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1700’s, human activities, such as the burning of oil, coal and gas, and deforestation, have increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. In 2005, global atmospheric concentrations of CO2 were 35% higher than they were before the Industrial Revolution.

This isn’t the first time that a conservative member of Congress has mocked the reality of climate change by referring to animal flatulence. In February 2007, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) declared, “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?”

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17 responses to “Cow Farts and Rethug Rhetoric, Who Can Tell the Difference?

  1. i bet they lit their farts as kids

  2. I heard fatass closing his show today saying tomorrow is earth day my friendzh. We should be celebrating the people who brought us coal, the automobile and some other pollution belching fucking contraption i can’t recall but no that’s not to be. I thought he was going to cry but I think I heard him grinding up some hillbilly heroin pills to snort as he went off mic so he held it together. Yeah why don’t we celebrate automatic weapons, AIDS and infant mortality rates in minority areas too while we’re at it. Effing gasbags anyway.

    • you have a stronger stomach than i do, rastamick. i cannot bring myself to listen to that bloviating piece of shit. honestly, has he ever said anything that was worth listening to? the sickest thing is that this asshole is the one the rethugs take their talking points from and the one they fear. interesting that they always try to scare people into voting for them when they are more afraid than anyone else. i guess they figure if fear works on them, it will work on everyone else.

  3. As a person that lives in the San Joaquin valley, we have been told by various reports that the majority of our air pollution is due to cows..not friggin cars..cows. So that’s why the Rethugs use that line.

    I don’t know wtf cows have to do with air pollution, but I do know that the majority of our air pollution blows in from San Fran..not out of cows asses. πŸ˜‰

    But we are one of the five worst places to live due to air quality.

  4. jeb

    I grew up in farting cow and oil country. If the wind was out of the north, it was the refineries. If it was out of the south it was the feedlots. As bad as it was, it still smells better than when Boner opens his mouth.

  5. Yet another great environmental post!

  6. Living in Texas, I’ve caught the fumes of oil refineries and a few farting cows, and lemme tell you, I prefer the cow farts.
    For these two clowns to even mention cow farts is a testament to their wholesale ignorance.
    I say keep them talking.
    πŸ™‚

  7. cows fart methane…not CO2

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