Waiting for Joe Barton to say something smart? Don’t hold your breath!

From mother nature network:

It’s hard to get more ridiculous than this- GOP Congressman Joe Barton (Texas, ExxonMobil) […] went on C-SPAN and said we shouldn’t be worried about CO2 because it’s “not hazardous to your health” and it’s “natural”. He said:

    I’m creating it as I talk to you. It’s in your Coca-Cola, your Dr. Pepper and your Perrier water. It’s necessary for human life. It’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, doesn’t cause cancer, doesn’t cause asthma. There’s nobody that’s ever been admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning.


The Economist hit this one spot on when they profiled Rep. Barton for their “Profiles in Stupidity”.

    it’s not simply that Mr Barton is a climate-change sceptic. There are plenty of those and some make decent arguments against moving ahead with measures to control emissions. The problem with Mr Barton is that he is wholly uninterested in the science and statistics of the global warming debate. He is about as curious as a dead cat, as is his colleague in the Senate, James Inhofe.

(Video at link above.)

(I borrowed the image from an earlier post, but the original link no longer works)

Also from mother nature network:

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the dirty energy industry, has unveiled a Republican alternative to Democrats’ clean energy jobs legislation that is little more than a handout to polluters. Barton is the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is working on global warming legislation.


[…] Barton’s plan would preempt state authority to reduce climate-related emissions, repeal the Supreme Court decision which allows the EPA to limit greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, and provide regulatory and financial rewards to coal-burning power plants that use “currently available technology” (i.e. coal).


It would also define nuclear power and advanced coal technology as “renewable”, repeal “decoupling” mandates that reward utilities for reducing wasted energy, promote more oil drilling off the coasts and in the Arctic wildlife refuge, and subsidize fuels produced from coal, oil shale, methane hydrates and tar sands – in other words, the very fuels that have helped to cause global warming in the first place.


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20 responses to “Waiting for Joe Barton to say something smart? Don’t hold your breath!

  1. Wow Nonnie….I’m impressed with your wealth of knowledge on various issues. I know I’m a newbie on your blog, but I’m in awe of the information I am receiving about various politicians. I love the humorous twist you give to all your posts. I have never really been interested in politics until this last election and I am beginning to grow tired again of the same ol’ same ol’ BS that is thrown back and forth at each party, but you have a knack for keeping my interest!

    • awww, thanks, ynb! you give me too much credit. my wealth of knowledge would require a very small piggy bank. i just hear or read something that strikes a chord, and i try to find out what it’s about. i figure that, if i found it interesting, maybe someone else will, too. if my nonsense makes politics palatable for you, that makes me very happy. 😀

  2. Have to admire his dedication. It takes some considerable amount of work and effort to get to be that stupid.

    • hello donald mills!
      welcome to the raisin! 😀 i was over at your blog the other day. i don’t remember which blog i was visiting when i clicked on a link over to your place, but i was glad i did. it’s hilarious!!

      i think you’re correct about barton. if he’s not working hard to be stupid, then he must have writers who are.

  3. lol, thanks nonnie 🙂

  4. Wow, I’ll be glad when the 2010 state elections are done so these insane Texas crackpots can get off their soapboxes, get out of the national spotlight and go back to not doing a goddamn thing.
    These fat, lazy bastards sit around the Capitol all day cleaning their nails with jacknives, scratching their bellies and drinking bourbon and jackwater unless it’s election time. They they become William Jennings fuckin’ Bryant and, like hogs at a trough, try to out-muscle each other to the nearest microphone.
    Before election time, just try to name one thing Perry or this crackpot Joe Barton has ever said or done.
    Now Perry is saying he, “don’t want the GOP to become some kinda whorehouse,” in some kind of woman hating jab at his opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison.
    Alas, some closeted gay men just hate women and are quick to brand them as whores, or fishy smelling or some other misogynistic faggery.
    Hmm I feel a blog coming on.

    • barton is an ass, but he is also the ranking member on the house energy committee. i think the rethugs look at house assignments this way–if someone has some really batshit tinfoil theories about something really important, they will put him/her on the committee that’s supposed to be realistic about the issue.

  5. Joe Barton brings up some interesting items that need some fact checking. wiki sez:

    “CO2 is toxic in higher concentrations: 1% (10,000 ppm) will make some people feel drowsy. Concentrations of 7% to 10% cause dizziness, headache, visual and hearing dysfunction, and unconsciousness within a few minutes to an hour.”
    “Carbon dioxide is generated as a by-product of the combustion of fossil fuels or the burning of vegetable matter, among other chemical processes.”

    So as a science experiment might he fire up his combustion engine car that burns fossil fuel, while parked in a garage & see just how *safe & natural* it is!

    Also his statements need some scrutiny-
    “doesn’t cause cancer, doesn’t cause asthma. There’s nobody that’s ever been admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning.”

    It may be people are not admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning…. if they are already dead.

    Anyway….. maybe he needs to go back to Science 101 for a refresher course?

    C’mon Joe~ Go for it! It’s odorless, colorless, and tasteless!

  6. jeb

    Well, he’s another Raygun worshiper and if you remember in the ’80 campaign, St. Ronnie pointed out that trees put out CO2 and thus were responsible for pollution. Of course he had it backwards but when the Ronster said it, it was cute.

    As for Barton, there is an old Texas saying that goes “He was born dumb and he’s been losing ground ever since.”

  7. This idiotic line of reasoning, to use the word loosely, is popular among those who can’t be bothered to look into the science.

    By this same logic, if someone were to bludgeon Rep. Barton with an iron rod, the natural defense would be, “Iron is a part of our bodies. Our blood is based on iron. I was just trying to help him have healthier blood.”

  8. Even in the domain of dumbassery which is being an east Texas congressman, Barton stands out like a diamond in a tarpit.