Florida Congressman Thinks Dinosaurs ... Climate Change ... We Honestly Don't Even Know
There is both good news and bad news for America with regard to Congress being in the grip of shitwitted climate change-denying wingnuts. The bad news is that we’ll be buying oceanfront property in Cincinnati before these nitwits admit maybe they could pass some laws to mitigate the problem. The good news is that yr Wonkette will never run out of material.
Case in point: Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL, of course) went on the teevee so he could pose this fascinating theoretical to MSNBC host Richard Lui.
Miller: It changes. It gets hot, it gets cold. It’s done it for as long as we have measured the climate.
Liu: But man-made, isn’t that the question?
Miller: Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since earth was created.
That is quite the stumper, dumbass…er, Congressman! Almost as great as this classic exchange between former Energy Secretary Steven Chu and stump-brained bohunk Rep. Joe Barton a few years back.
Last we checked, the dinosaurs are believed to have gone extinct after a giant asteroid slammed into the planet 65 million years, causing massive climate disruptions that led to the dying out of the herbivorous dinosaurs’ food supply. With the herbivorous dinosaurs dying of starvation, the carnivorous dinosaurs that feasted on them also died of starvation.
So think of climate change as a giant asteroid heading straight towards Earth, only the asteroid is actually all the toxic shit humanity has dumped into the atmosphere, and the effects are being phased in over time instead of resulting from one single catastrophic event. Oh, and your grandchildren in Florida will have to abandon the state because it will be underwater. Does that help?
Or maybe the dinosaurs died because they lived during Biblical times and Jesus ordered all his followers to slaughter them for food. That’s much simpler.
The climate is not being helped by all the noxious gas being released by meatsacks like Rep. Jeff Miller every time he opens his mouth, so maybe it’s time to put some emissions restrictions on climate deniers by not inviting them on television.
[ThinkProgress via TPM]