Cranky Old Mormon Politician Loves Him Some CO2

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Jerry Anderson is a cranky old white guy Republican from Utah (is there any other kind?)  That about tells you all you need to know on where he stands on the global warming issue.  But now he wants to pass a House bill thoat changes the definition of CO2 as a pollutant.  In fact he says the world could use a DOUBLE DOSE of CO2.

“We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants…Concentrations  reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite  well.  I think we could double the carbon dioxide and not have any adverse  effects.”

Read more:  http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Blog/2014/02/19/We-need-more-carbon-dioxide-Utah-lawmaker-says/5271392846419/#ixzz2tzxvjzsh

Man, where to begin, huh?  The scariest thing is HE’S A FORMER AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE TEACHER!!!  With an masters degree in science (OK from BYU).  What do they feed these Republicans that eats away their brain?

Well, this just pissed me off to no end, so I sent an email:

You, sir, are why so many think the Republicans are out of touch.  97% of climate scientists believe global warming is man-made and that CO2 is a leading problem.  (Forget methane, which is much worse).  Anybody over the age of, say, 50, should have no part in making environmental laws for future generations.  This shows your stupidity and how you could care less about grandchildren, etc., because you’ll be long dead before the real problems of global warming arrive.  You should be ashamed.

Don’t think CO2 is a pollutant?  I suggest you put a bag over your head and just breathe…just breathe.

Not so surprisingly, his comments have been controversial.  He actually answered me and many others:

Thank you for your comments concerning

HB 0229

Air contaminant Definition Change

 

As you can imagine, I have been receiving a lot of emails and phone calls on the CO2 references in this definition bill. The comments run from strongly supportive to vitriolic hate statements of a vulgar nature.

Here are a couple of references that you might find helpful for the understanding the nuances of this complex problem:

From Environment & Climate News: Nov. 2013, p 1

“On September 17, an international panel of 50 climate scientists released a    1,000-page report saying global warming is not a crisis.”  For that and other           articles go to www.environmentandclimate-news.org

Another great article is an opinion from the New York Times by Harrison H. Schmitt, who is an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an Apollo 17 astronaut and a former US senator from New Mexico; with William Happer who is a professor of physics at Princeton University and former director of the office of energy research at the U.S. Department of Energy.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323528404578452483656067190?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887323528404578452483656067190.html

Of course he hit on all the Deniers’ usual talking points and the usual Denier suspects, so I had to write him back:

What absolute twaddle.

50 scientists of Deniers stands in stark contrast to the 97% of climate scientists who say global warming is happening now, caused by humans, and that CO2 is a pollutant.

And both “experts” you cite are known Deniers and have ties to fossil fuels.

  1.  Harrison Schmitt (an idol of mine when I was an astronaut geek as a kid) is a geologist, not a climate scientist, and a former right wing politician, who is a well-known Denier.
  2.  William Happer is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George C. Marshall Institute. In 2000, the Marshall Institute listed the Exxon Education Foundation as a funder. As recently as 2011, the Marshall Institute received funding from foundations associated with the Koch brothers.
  3.  Your “great” article is in the Wall Street Journal, a pro-biz paper with an editorial board known for its Cro-Magnon intelligence when it comes to science and global warming.
  4. The other magazine article you cited was published by the Heartland Institute – which is funded by fossil fuel interests and an infamous libertarian “think tank” (oxymoronic, huh?) that is known for pushing the Denier agenda.

Just follow the money….Of course global warming is real – until it attacks your profits.  Then it’s not.

Man, you really rest your argument in one rickety boat, don’t you.  Again, if you don’t think CO2 is harmful, please put a plastic bag over your head and just breathe.  What happens?

I’ll say it again:  old people with no skin in the game should make NO decisions for the rest of us on the environment.  You’ll be long gone before it’s proven how wrong you really are.

So using this Denier trash to support your Denier argument is like a Nazi pointing to “Mein Kampf” to explain why you’re a Nazi. 

You’re not preaching to the choir — you ARE the choir.

He couldn’t stoop much lower.

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