(8 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Presented for your…well…just check it out:
STEPHANOPOULOS: So what is the responsible way? That’s my question. What is the Republican plan to deal with carbon emissions, which every major scientific organization has said is contributing to climate change?
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. And so I think it’s clear…
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you don’t believe that greenhouse gases are a problem in creating climate change?
BOEHNER: … we’ve had climate change over the last 100 years — listen, it’s clear we’ve had change in our climate. The question is how much does man have to do with it, and what is the proper way to deal with this? We can’t do it alone as one nation. If we got India, China and other industrialized countries not working with us, all we’re going to do is ship millions of American jobs overseas.
And on the You Tube:
Now, I guess we should celebrate a little. I mean, at least they’re not going back to a brief warming spell in the Middle Ages to try and make the case that cars are no worse for the environment than humans…or something.
See, this is the problem when you try to kowtow to Big Oil lobbyists and pander to the know nothing element in your political base: any fact-based, scientific approach to problem solving goes right out the window, and you start to resemble a Soviet political officer concern-trolling researchers and reminding them to place Marx’s dialectic somewhere in their methodology.
Boehner’s flumoxed response leaves us with some interesting, unanswered questions:
1. Does the Republican House Leader believe that there is man-made contribution to climate change through green house gas emissions…or is it just all those darn cows “doing what cows do”? (and if the latter, is part of the Republican response to global climate change decreasing the cow population and asking every patriotic American to go on a vegan diet?)
2. Does the Republican “everything above” approach to energy really mean drill, baby, drill and handing the keys to the nation’s energy over to Mr. Burns and his nuclear power plants, or is there anything at all that the GOP supports that is actually part of a nuke free, sustainable energy policy?
You know, it’s not like I’d be sitting down in front of some tee vee cameras with Mr. Boehner in an interview or anything, but it’d be nice of someone who could would actually get a clear answer out of this guy on one of the most important issues facing our country right now.
Not holding my breath on that one, but a gal can dream…