Since George Bush left office, I haven’t focussed much on politics in this blog. It’s not that there isn’t a lot to write about — I mean, President Obama hasn’t exactly been a liberal’s delight — but I’m tired of it all and if the Democrats who control the White House and both houses of Congress can’t get things done… well, who else is there?
But every now and then something comes to my attention I just can’t ignore. Today on the NPR program Wait, Wait. Don’t Tell Me I heard about a quote from Republican Congressman Joe Barton that I just couldn’t believe was real, so I had to check it out online. Turns out, he really did say this:
Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.